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News 2018 January - June


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

The RD&E is to extend the temporary suspension of birth services at Honiton and Okehampton birth centres for a further three months.


Good progress has been made to recruit staff into vacancies within the wider Maternity Service, but ongoing staff sickness and high patient demand in the acute unit in Exeter means we have not yet been able to reach acceptable staffing levels. As a result, the Trust is continuing to suspend birth services at Honiton and Okehampton to ensure patient safety and quality is maintained across our maternity service


The extension means that women will not be able to give birth at either site for a further three months. The Trust will review the suspension again in April. (Read more...)


Posted on: 22 January | Posted in: 2018 Jan-Jun


Exeter Chiefs open new X-ray room with a jungle-style makeover

Stars from the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club officially opened a newly refurbished paediatric X-ray room at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital recently.

The room has been given a jungle-style makeover so it is more friendly and welcoming for children thanks to a fundraising campaign led by Radiology staff and the support of digital imaging company Agfa HealthCare. 
It is the second room to receive a makeover as a result of the RD&E’s Big Raise for Little Rays campaign. 


Posted on: 18 January | Posted in: 2018 Jan-Jun

Volunteer Paula receives long service medal after 20 years at the RD&E

Volunteer Paula McConnell has received a Royal Voluntary Service Long Service Award to mark 20 years of dedicated service at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. 

Paula, from Budleigh Salterton, has volunteered in the Orthopaedic Outpatients department at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre (PEOC) since October 1997 when the building first opened until late last year when she retired due to ill health.


Posted on: 16 January | Posted in: 2018 Jan-Jun

Five ways to stay well and out of hospital this winter

The winter period is always incredibly busy for hospitals and we expect this winter to be no different. The fact is that colder weather usually means more illness and more accidents and that means demand for our services, particularly our Emergency Department, becomes very high. Meeting this demand can be challenging but we plan in advance with our partners to ensure we are ready for the winter period. The plans we put in place include additional staff, closer work with GPs and community teams, and treating people without the need for a bed. As always, our absolute priority is to deliver safe and high quality care even in the busiest of times.


Posted on: 09 January | Posted in: 2018 Jan-Jun

Family donate Cuddle Cot to RD&E’s Labour Ward

A family from Exeter have donated a Cuddle Cot to the Labour Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in memory of their son Louie.

The cot enables bereaved parents to spend more time with their babies if they are stillborn or pass away shortly after birth. The cooling cot can be wrapped around a baby allowing parents to stay with them for longer and giving other family members a chance to say goodbye. 


Posted on: 05 January | Posted in: 2018 Jan-Jun

More than 10,000 people sign up to health research at Exeter

Thousands of people in Devon have signed up to take part in high-quality research, accelerating meaningful benefits to patient health.


The Exeter 10,000 project has reached a milestone of 10,000 people providing their data and samples of blood and urine which are used anonymously for health research.


The majority of participants also agree to be contacted again if their health or lifestyle profiles match the requirements of future research studies.


Posted on: 04 January | Posted in: 2018 Jan-Jun


Alex raises over £800 to support research into Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Exeter teenager Alexandra Daniels has raised over £800 to help fund respiratory research at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in memory of her grandfather.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a lung condition which causes scarring on the lungs and makes breathing increasingly difficult. It has no known cause or cure and the number of people affected by it is rising every year.

Posted on: 04 January | Posted in: 2018 Jan-Jun


Advice for patients: Non-urgent operations and appointments

“As expected the winter period so far has been very busy with continuing high numbers of patients coming to our Emergency Department (ED), including a high number of patients with flu. Our staff are continuing to work to deliver high quality, compassionate care despite the challenges. 

“We have implemented our winter plan with our partner organisations to help manage the forecast increases in patient numbers during winter. The plan includes a range of measures including additional doctors and nurses, more care available to people in their homes, more specialist staff working at weekends and freeing up extra space in the hospital for patients requiring a bed. (Read more...)


Posted on: 03 January | Posted in: 2018 Jan-Jun


Call 111 when its less than urgent