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News 2017 July - December

 

World-renowned orthopaedic centre celebrates 90th anniversary – and receives a birthday message from the Queen

 

 

The RD&E’s Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre (PEOC) has celebrated its 90th birthday after being opened by royalty in 1927.


PEOC was opened by the Duke and Duchess of York on 16 November 1927 to help children with debilitating diseases such as tuberculosis and polio. The Duchess named PEOC after her daughter Princess Elizabeth, the present Queen, who was just 18 months old at the time.


In the nine decades since, PEOC has transformed the lives of countless people and established itself as one of the UK’s leading centres of orthopaedic excellence.

 

Posted on: 17 November | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul


RD&E neurological ward receives £1,250 from local Freemasons

 

Bolham Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has received a donation of £1,250 from a group of Devon Freemasons as part of their bi-annual WAKE Fund presentation.

 

Every spring and autumn Freemasons from around Devon meet to give support totalling in excess of £50,000 to local charities and organisations throughout the county who are in need of assistance. The money is raised by the WAKE Fund, a trust conceived by the Right Worshipful Brother William Alexander Kneel, Provincial Grand Master from 1970 to 1984.

 

Posted on: 17 November | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul


Antiques evening funds new heart monitor for Bolham Ward

 

An evening of antiques and entertainment at independent restaurant Lloyd’s Kitchen in Exeter has helped to fund the purchase of a heart monitor for Bolham Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.


The £5,000 portable heart monitor, part funded by the event, has been donated to Bolham in memory of former patient Patrick Tilbury, who was cared for on the ward from October 2015 until January 2016 when he sadly passed away. Since then, Patrick’s parents Barbara and David Tilbury have been supporting the neurological ward by fundraising for a whole range of new equipment to further enhance the high quality of care provided to patients and their relatives on Bolham. 

 

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


Applications open for new course giving people the chance to join operating team

 

Applications are now open for a new course giving people the chance to become a key part of a hospital operating team.


The RD&E and other NHS partners in Devon and Cornwall have teamed up with Birmingham City University to launch a two-year Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) course.


ODPs are a crucial part of the operating department team, working with surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses to ensure that surgery is as safe and effective as possible, providing a high standard of care to patients throughout each stage of their operation.

 

Posted on: 30 October | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul


Statement on porters’ strike action - update 261017

 

A Trust spokesman said: “We value all our staff and porters are an important part of our team. We remain strongly committed to resolving this dispute with the help of ACAS and we are approaching the mediation process constructively.


“Given our commitment to do this we are surprised and disappointed that UNISON has called a second strike so soon before the talks and urge them to suspend such action and further misleading public comment while the ACAS process is underway.


“Over a period of almost four years we have been open to suggestions from UNISON on how we can put into effect changes to the way we undertake portering based on principles that both sides have agreed. Despite this UNISON have yet to put any proposals forward that meet these agreed criteria but we remain open to these during the forthcoming talks. (Read more...)

 

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


Local women urged to get their flu vaccination from their midwife

 

Doctors and midwives are urging pregnant women to protect themselves and their unborn child from flu by getting the free flu jab this winter.

 

Now is the ideal time to have the flu vaccination – either from a GP, maternity service provider or pharmacy – before the flu virus starts circulating. Mum’s-to-be are being offered the free vaccinations when they go for routine scans or other antenatal appointments at the RD&E’s Centre for Womens’ Health on the Wonford site. 

 

Posted on: 25 October | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul


Revolutionary UroLift® System launches at the RD&E offering the first UK community NHS treatment service

 

Innovative day case using the UroLift® System to Treat Enlarged Prostate offers rapid relief and often replaces invasive operation that typically requires a month’s recuperation and a two-night hospital stay

 

Exeter - 19 October 2017 - NeoTract, Inc., announced today that the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust is, for the first time, routinely offering a new day case surgical treatment in its network of community hospitals – the first Trust in the country to do so.

 

The treatment, requiring no cutting, heating or removal of tissue, is a new option for the estimated 300 men a year in the county who need surgery for a urological condition described as very common in older males.

 

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


Extraordinary staff celebrated at autumn awards

 

Staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital were celebrated for their exceptional contribution at the hospital’s Autumn Extraordinary People Awards.


The seasonal awards are a way of recognising extraordinary staff who do exceptional things and often go above and beyond to provide high quality services. Nominations are made by fellow staff members or patients who want to acknowledge an individual or team, and the winners in each category are chosen by a panel of judges from the Trust’s Executive Board.


Posted on: 23 October | Posted in: 2017 Dec-Jul


Statement on Porters' strike action

 

A Trust spokesman said: “The Trust remains fully committed to bringing this dispute to a peaceful conclusion without the need for strike action and in this spirit we have formally requested the assistance of the ACAS mediation service. The talks represent a real opportunity to pause the current dispute and explore a positive and constructive way forward using a tried and tested process.


“We are therefore deeply disappointed to learn that Unison has refused to suspend or postpone its planned and potentially disruptive strike action while the ACAS talks take place. We would urge Unison to fully commit to the ACAS process and actively consider removing their threat of imminent strike action until the talks have run their course. In our view the planned action is both premature and unnecessary. (Read more...)

 

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


Statement on Digby Park and Ride

 

A Trust spokesperson said: “Several caravans and vehicles arrived at the Digby Park and Ride site at around 5pm yesterday and they are currently occupying around 50 spaces on the 500-space site, which is owned and leased to a range of organisations including the RD&E.


“The site remains open with buses running but parking is restricted. When the car park is full we will divert people to the nearby Tesco, which has kindly provided some overflow parking spaces. (Read more...)

 

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


Emergency Department wins top national award for its patient-centred care

 

The RD&E’s Emergency Department (ED) has won a top national accolade for the quality of its patient care after making a raft of improvements over the past four years.
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine awarded the Exeter team first place in the ‘patient experience’ category of their inaugural annual awards. The team were also runners-up in the ‘clinical team of the year’ category.

 

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


Yarcombe Young Farmers support Exeter’s Neonatal Unit

 

The Yarcombe and District Young Farmers Club (YFC) have donated £1,000 to the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to help support their work caring for poorly babies and their families.


The club selected the unit as one of their chosen charities for the year because of the specialist support it provides for people from their local community. They also chose to support the Neonatal Unit at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and children’s charity Over the Wall - raising £3,000 in total for their three charities, to be divided equally between them.

 

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


RD&E ranked top UK Trust for professional development by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

 

The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has been ranked as the top trust in the country for professional development by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for the support we offer to our trainees at the Centre for Women’s Health.


The training award ranks us as first out of 171 training units in the country for trainee professional development and also sees the RD&E among the top ten trusts ‘Highly commended for Overall performance’, ranked 8th overall.

 

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


Exeter School pupils fundraise for Bolham Ward at the RD&E

 

Pupils from Exeter School have supported the purchase of new equipment for Bolham Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in memory of a former pupil.


Patrick Tilbury, who attended Exeter School from 1979 to 1984, sadly passed away on Bolham Ward in January 2016. His parents Barbara and David Tilbury have since been fundraising to purchase new pieces of equipment to help the neurological ward care for other patients like Patrick.

 

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


Planned Stagecoach bus strikes - October 2017

 

Stagecoach Devon have advised that the dates for the RMT’s proposed action are the 13th, 17th and 30th of October 2017 and will have an effect on bus services to the hospital.


Please visit the latest news on the Stagecoach website for more information.


Stagecoach strongly advise visiting this page before travelling on the day to check if your bus is scheduled to run and to allow extra time to make your journey as services will be busier than normal and are likely to experience delays.

 

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


RD&E physio and three team-mates set to take on challenge of a lifetime in aid of clean coastlines campaign

 

An RD&E physiotherapist and three other Exeter women are set to take on the challenge of their lives by rowing more than 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean in record time.

 

Rosalind West, a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, will be joined by team-mates student Abby Jones, Scientific Consultant Kate Salmon and Landscape Architect Kirsty Barker to take on the gruelling Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December 2018.

 

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


Unicef UK President Kirsty Young visits Royal Devon and Exeter’s Neonatal Unit

 

Kirsty Young, President of Unicef UK, has visited the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to see first-hand what makes it so special after the unit became the first in the country to become Baby Friendly accredited last year. 


The Baby Friendly Initiative, set up by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation, is a global programme which provides a practical and effective way for health services to improve the care provided for mothers and babies. It is based on a comprehensive set of standards designed to provide parents with the best possible care, supporting them to feed their baby and to build close and loving relationships with them.

 

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


Temporary suspension of birth services at Honiton and Okehampton to be extended

 

The temporary suspension of birth services at Honiton and Okehampton birth centres is to be extended due to on-going staff vacancies and long-term sickness absence across the maternity service.


The extension means that women will not be able to give birth at either site for a further three months until safe staffing levels have been attained. The suspension will be reviewed again early in 2018.


We are however pleased to state that all antenatal and postnatal clinics, midwifery support and home birth services at Honiton and Okehampton are unaffected and running as normal. (Read more...)

 

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


Teenage Cancer Trust provides bright new room on Yeo for young cancer patients

 

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of local supporters, and in partnership with the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Teenage Cancer Trust has transformed the side room on the Yeo Ward with a bright new look for young people with cancer aged 16 – 24. The official opening took place yesterday, where the ribbon was cut by the deputy mayor.


The revamp has created a more age-appropriate space, with brightly coloured walls, a TV and recliner chair. The addition of a sofa bed will allow visitors to stay overnight, to stop young people from feeling isolated. To design the room, Teenage Cancer Trust’s design team visited the Yeo Ward and met with the clinical teams to hear the views of the young people treated on the ward.

 

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


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 maria.bracey@nhs.net

 

 

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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