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Centre for Women’s Health celebrates 10th Anniversary

 

Staff from the Centre for Women’s Health at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have celebrated the building’s 10th anniversary with a gathering of staff from past and present.


Since it opened its doors on 11th June 2007, over 490,000 patients have visited for an appointment or admission and 37,433 babies have been born at the Centre.


The new £31.5 million wing of the RD&E Hospital at Wonford, which is now home to maternity, neonatal and gynaecological services, was built to replace aging facilities at Heavitree Hospital.  Its opening transformed existing services for women and babies in Exeter and brought the space and potential for staff to provide state-of-the-art, high quality care.


To mark the event, staff gathered around in the main atrium of the centre for a celebratory cream tea. They also took the opportunity to view a new piece of artwork from Exeter Health Care Arts, which has been specially commissioned for the anniversary. The new piece, entitled ‘Blossom through the seasons’, consists of four photo panels depicting the fruit and blossom of a cherry tree. It is representative of the two cherry trees, one at Heavitree and one at Wonford, which were planted by staff to mark the transition from the old building to the new.


The piece acknowledges the still present link with the old maternity unit and the care for women and babies once provided there and serves as a reminder of the never ending circle of life.     


Tracey Reeves, Deputy Chief Nurse/Midwife, said: “It’s been wonderful to see staff, both old and new, come together to celebrate the last 10 years of care that has been provided at the Centre for Women’s Health.  We can be so busy going about our day to day tasks, that it is important to reflect on how this place and the people who work in it have touched so many lives and to mark this moment in the RD&E’s long history of caring for women and babies in Exeter.”   


Since its opening, Maternity Services and Neonatal care provided at the centre have both been designated as Baby Friendly by UNICEF, demonstrating the level of safe and high quality care provided by the clinical teams.

 


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