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News 2017 July - December


Exeter Foundation donates bladder scanner to Bolham Ward


The Exeter Foundation has donated a new bladder scanner to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital’s Bolham Ward in memory of former patient Patrick Tilbury.

Patrick’s parents Barbara and David Tilbury applied to the Foundation for the £6,000 donation to the neurological ward, which Patrick was cared for in January 2016 before he sadly passed away.


Exeter Foundation Trustee and Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines MBE recently visited the ward with Mr and Mrs Tilbury to take a look at the new piece of equipment and hear from staff first-hand how the scanner is already benefitting the ward. They were joined by MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw who has supported the Tilburys since they began fundraising for the ward last year.


Posted on: 21 September | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

X-ray room transformed into a submarine thanks to Big Raise for Little Rays campaign


A paediatric X-ray room at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has been given a submarine style makeover thanks to fundraising campaign led by Radiology staff. 

The Big Raise for Little Rays campaign aimed to refurbish an X-ray room so that it would be more friendly and welcoming for younger patients. Thanks to the efforts of staff and local fundraisers the room has been given a marine makeover  complete with a deep sea diver, make-believe periscope, control panels and portholes looking out to sea from which tropical fish, turtles and even a whale can be spotted swimming by.


Posted on: 19 September | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

RD&E welcomes new Non-Executive Directors


Simon Knowles and Steve Kirby are joining the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust’s Board as new Non-Executive Directors. Both Non-Executive Directors took up their positions on the 1st September 2017.

Independent Non-Executive Directors, together with Executive Directors, are responsible for all aspects of the operation and performance of the Trust and for its effective governance. The two new NEDs joining the RD&E this autumn bring a wealth of expertise in health and business sectors and will use this experience to ensure the Trust continues to be run efficiently, economically and effectively.


Posted on: 15 September | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

RD&E’s stroke service becomes first in region to achieve top score in national audit


The RD&E has become the first acute hospital in the South West to achieve a grade ‘A’ score for its stroke care since the national stroke audit began in 2013.

The A grade, awarded by the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland for the period December 2016-March 2017, is given only to Trusts delivering the very highest standards of care from initial emergency scanning and drug treatment through to therapies and discharge home. Only 16% of stroke teams nationally achieved the top score and the audit programme refers to those achieving Grade A as ‘world class’ providers of stroke care.


Posted on: 06 September | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

Local NHS shares implementation plans to provide more care at home


The NHS has given details of how it intends to implement its ‘Your Future Care’ plans to improve patient care across Eastern Devon, including creating new nursing, therapist and support roles.


“Your Future Care” set out proposals to move away from the existing bed-based model of care. Instead it proposed a model of care focused on proactively averting health crises and promoting independence and wellbeing. The plans were subject to a 13-week public consultation that closed earlier this year, following which the NHS NEW Devon CCG approved a way forward which enhanced community services to support more home-based care by redirecting and reinvesting some existing bed-based resources. The net result would mean an increase of over 50 community-based staff to support out of hospital care and a reduction in community inpatient beds across the Eastern locality of Devon. Detailed operational work began in this area with the introduction of the Community Connect out-of-hospital service in March which has already led to a reduction in demand for community inpatient beds. (Read more...)


Posted on: 16 August | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

GP cancer update study afternoon on October 19th 2017


The event will include an update and information on:

  • Changes to patient pathways
  • What happens at an MDT meeting
  • Learn about end of treatment summary

To secure your place, please complete the booking form and return it by Monday 4th September 2017 to



Posted on: 15 August | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

Toys from the Boys - £1,000 donated to help children with cancer in memory of Jennie


Children who are treated for cancer at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital are set to enjoy a variety of new toys for their outdoor play area thanks to a £1,000 donation from the St George’s Masonic Lodge in Exeter.

The donation has been made by the Lodge in memory Jennie Wortham who spent six years under the care of the Paediatric Oncology Team on Bramble Ward before she died of neuroblastoma in November 1997. 


Posted on: 15 August | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

RD&E staff raise over £490 for FORCE Cancer Charity


Staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have raised over £490 for local cancer charity FORCE after fundraising at their annual Extraordinary People Awards evening.

The ‘Winner of Winners’ event, which was held in May at the Research Innovation Learning and Development (RILD) building, was a celebration of all the extraordinary RD&E staff who go the extra mile for patients and colleagues every day. Staff from across the Trust received awards for achievements including ‘Excellent Care’, ‘Exceptional Leader’ and ‘Excellence in Values and Behaviours’


Posted on: 11 August | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

Have your say! – Elections to Council of Governors 2017 Vote


Nominations for this year’s elections to the Council of Governors closed on 27 July 2017. 


We now move to a vote in two of our public constituencies – East Devon, Dorset, Somerset & Rest of England and Mid, North, West Devon & Cornwall - and in our Staff Constituency.  Ballot packs will be sent to members in these constituencies on 16 August 2017. (Read more...)


Posted on: 10 August | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

Kidney patients praise freedom and flexibility of home dialysis at information events


The freedom and flexibility brought by home dialysis treatments has been praised by patients during a series of information events run by kidney specialists at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital this July.

Over the course of a week the RD&E’s renal community team, with support from charity Kidney Care UK and manufacturers NxStage and Baxter, held five events across Torbay, Honiton, Barnstaple, Taunton and Exeter to demonstrate how home dialysis machines can be easily installed at home or even taken on holiday – freeing-up dialysis patients from the burden of time-consuming hospital visits.


Posted on: 07 August | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital welcomes health minister


The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has heard first-hand how staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are putting patient safety first during his visit to the hospital yesterday (Wednesday 2nd August).  

The minister met groups of staff from across the Trust in the Research Innovation Learning and Development (RILD) building and told them that safety was a key focus for the health service since he had been appointed. He was accompanied by senior clinical advisor Professor Sir Norman Williams.


Posted on: 03 August | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

RD&E’s Acute Medical Unit Team raise £2,000 for UK Sepsis Trust


AMU Staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have raised £2,000 for the UK Sepsis Trust by showcasing the care they provide during Acute Medicine Awareness Day on 21st June.

The national event, organised annually by the Society for Acute Medicine, aims to raise awareness of the specialty and all that it offers to patients and staff.


Posted on: 02 August | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

High ratings for cancer care in Devon


The majority of cancer patients in Devon have rated the care they receive above many other areas in the country.


As part of the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, people were asked a range of questions, such as whether they were getting their cancer tests at the right time and if they were being involved as much as they wanted in decisions about their care.

Posted on: 31 July | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

Family donate over £4,300 to Exeter’s Neonatal Unit as a thank you for their support


A family from Lewdown near Okehampton have raised over £4,300 for the Neonatal Unit (NNU) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, as a thank you for the help and support they received from staff when their little boy was seriously ill.

Chris Back and Crystal Jordan spent 66 days on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with their son Jax who was born at 29 weeks, 11 weeks prematurely in December 2016.  The couple, who also have two other young children, were caught a little unprepared by Jax’s surprise early arrival however they were helped through the ordeal by the staff on NNU


Posted on: 31 July | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

Wing walking wife raises over £1,200 for Intensive Care Unit at the RD&E


The wife of a patient who was cared for on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has raised over £1,200 for the unit as a thank you for saving her husband’s life.

Caroline Burns, aged 70 from Exmouth, successfully completed a sponsored wing walk experience at Chiltern Park Aerodrome in Oxford in May.   

Posted on: 28 July | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

Devon’s Nursing Associate trainees start work towards pioneering new healthcare role


Dozens of trainees have started an exciting new pilot programme in hospitals and care homes across Devon, training in a new role to become Nursing Associates.


Devon was selected as one of 11 pilot sites nationally and the only one in the south to develop the role.  The Nursing Associate position is a new role alongside existing others, which is designed to bridge the gap between health and care support workers, who have a care certificate, and graduate registered nurses and offers opportunities for health care assistants to progress into nursing roles.


Posted on: 27 July | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

Local NHS plans to provide more care at home moves closer to implementation


NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG)’s Your Future Care plans to increase the provision of personalised out-of-hospital services have moved forward after two important milestones were reached...(Read more)


Posted on: 26 July | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

Statement on Honiton and Okehampton Birth Centres


An RD&E spokesman said:

"Patient safety is our top priority and due to a combination of staff vacancies and unforeseen sickness absence, maternity services at Honiton and Okehampton were suspended on Thursday 20 July and will remain suspended initially for three months until we have safe staffing levels. 

"This means that women will not be able to give birth at either site for the next three months. However, all antenatal and postnatal clinics, midwifery support and home birth services are unaffected and running as normal....(Read More)


Posted on: 24 July | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

Pupil’s get a taste of what it’s like to work in the NHS during Work Observation Week at the RD&E


Exeter’s future doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals had the chance to learn more about possible careers in the NHS during Work Observation Week at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The hospital’s annual work experience programme, which ran from 10th – 14th July, gave 40 year 10 and 11 pupils from local schools the chance to sample some of the many healthcare careers on offer and learn more about working in a busy acute hospital.


Posted on: 18 July | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

Father to take on Great West Run in support of Exeter’s Neonatal Unit


Cullompton dad Shane Peters is set to take on the Great West Run this October in aid of the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital as a thank you for the care they provided his son Raife.

Raife was born at the RD&E in early 2017 and spent four weeks being cared for on the specialist Neonatal Unit because he had water on his lungs. Now that Raife is healthy and has been discharged from hospital, Shane and his wife Kerry are keen to give something back to the unit which helped save their son’s life.


Posted on: 14 July | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

New Chief Financial Officer to join RD&E


The Trust has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer.


Chris Tidman will join the Trust at the beginning of October 2017. Chris is a qualified Management Accountant, with a long track record in senior NHS roles and brings with him extensive Board-level experience and considerable financial expertise. He has worked in a number of senior roles in provider Trusts in the West Midlands as well as, most recently, working for NHS Improvement as Director of Improvement & Delivery.


Posted on: 13 July | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

Devon kidney patients invited to find out more about the exciting potential of home dialysis therapies


Kidney specialists at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital are putting on a series of public information events around Devon and Somerset about home dialysis treatments and the opportunities this can present for patients, including the ability to travel.

The events are being held in July in Torbay, Honiton, Barnstaple, Taunton and Exeter. Kidney patients, family members, carers and clinicians are invited to come along and meet the RD&E’s renal community team and current patients, including one person dialysing themself in a camper van with the transportable haemodialysis machine.


Posted on: 10 July | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul

Unit 1 supports RD&E’s children’s Ward with £2,000 donation


The generosity of customers at Exeter’s Unit 1 Night Club has helped to fund a brand new blood pressure machine for the Paediatric Outpatients Department at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The club has raised almost £2,000 for the unit on Bramble Ward through the Echo Trust’s ‘Give a Kid a Quid’ campaign at key events and club nights throughout the year.


Posted on: 10 July | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul


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