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The Royal Devon and Exeter (Wonford) Hospital is our largest hospital in the Trust, where many of our acute clinical services are based. This includes our Emergency Department, Walk-in Centre and Minor Injuries Unit (MIU), along with a number of our highly acclaimed specialist units and centres.
As a teaching hospital, the RD&E delivers undergraduate education for a full range of clinical professions. We are the lead partner for the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health and a leading centre for high quality research and development in the South West peninsula.
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The hospital is based on a large site, that houses many of our acute clinical services and specialist centres.
Clinical services delivered at Wonford include:
- Diabetic Medicine
- Ear, Nose and Throat
- Healthcare for Older People
To find out more please visit our Clinical Services pages.
The hospital is also home to our Chaplaincy Service, responsible for supporting the pastoral, spiritual and religious care of patients, carers and staff.
The RD&E (Wonford) Hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Visiting restrictions currently apply due to Coronavirus.
We are now able to permit one visitor per patient for up to one hour per day, between 4pm - 7pm.
Appointments to visit must be made in advance. Please telephone to make an appointment with the ward staff between 9am - 11am, on the morning of the day you wish to visit, at the latest.
Remember, you will need to wear a face covering in the hospital, and maintain social distancing rules of 2 metres throughout any visit.
Click here for more details on the latest visitor information during Coronavirus. This includes other ways to stay in touch with your loved ones, via our Family Liaison Service.
Thank you for your understanding.
Our hospital site
The hospital is based on a large site, housing many of our acute clinical services and specialist centres.
The main hospital building is home to many of our acute services and wards.
The wards and other accessible areas are listed in alphabetical order. Next to each ward/area is a coloured circle with a letter in it, indicating which level and where the ward/area is. You will also find a site map near each of the hospital entrances.
The hospital is easily accessible using public transport and other sustainable means of travel.
We are well served by local bus routes, from across Devon. A number of services stop at the hospital, whereas others require a connection with a local bus route from Exeter City Centre.
Both the main Exeter train stations, St Davids and Exeter Central, are around three miles from the hospital and are served by buses that travel directly to our site.
For help planning your journey and the latest timetables please visit the websites below:
The hospital site is around one and a half miles from Exeter City centre and takes approximately 30 minutes on foot.
Bike paths run throughout Exeter and the hospital site is easily accessible by bike. Bike parking is available across the site, particularly outside the main hospital entrance.
Park and Ride
There is a Park and Ride bus service from the Sowton Park and Ride site, which is situated just off the M5 and A30 junctions to the east of the city.
The buses go directly to the RD&E Wonford site, stopping at the Peninsula Medical School (RILD), the Hospital's main entrance, and the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre (PEOC).
The Park & Ride is one of the most cost-effective forms of transport, with an adult return costing £2 (£1.50 single) and a child return costing £1 (80p single).
A return ticket is only £1.50 for all English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) pass holders.
Car parking on site
Car parking on site is limited, with a number of paid car parks. We encourage visitors to use public transport and other sustainable means of travel whenever possible (see 'Getting here' section for details).
Under section 7 of the Health and Medicines Act 1988 Hospitals were permitted and encouraged to introduce Income Generation schemes, to fund their services.
The current charges for the RD&E on site parking at Wonford are as follows:
- 20 Minutes free parking
- £2.50 for up to two hours
- £4.50 for up to four hours
- £8.50 for all eight hours
- £26.00 for a weekly ticket
The RD&E Trust has provided free parking for patients attending the Wonford and Heavitree sites for regular treatment, for a number of years. The main, although not exclusive, areas that we currently provide free parking for are:
- Cancer Services
- Renal Dialysis
- Paediatric Oncology
- Neonatal Unit
- Disabled badge holders
In addition, free parking is given to parents who are resident at the hospital as a result of their children being inpatients or who have individual requirements warranting special consideration.
Please note their are some changes to our usual services, to protect patients and staff during the Coronavirus outbreak. We are sorry for the inconvenience. See below for more details...
Eating & drinking
Oasis Restaurant (currently closed to patients and visitors)
Our hospital restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It serves a wide range of healthy and nutritious food, including; fresh homemade hot meals and deserts, a range of cold buffet items including salads, sandwiches and sweet pastries, and beverages.
Situated in Area D, on Level 2, it is open from 7.30am - 7.45pm, 7 days a week.
Meals are served at the following times:
- Breakfast - 7.30am to 11am.
- Lunch - 11.45am to 2.15pm.
- Afternoon Snacks – 2.15pm to 5pm.
- Supper - 5pm to 7.30pm.
Savour Coffee Shop (open to patients, visitors and staff)
Our Savour coffee shop is open for hot & cold breakfast items, a wide variety of snacks, sandwiches, paninis and sweet pastries as well as a range of hot & cold beverages.
You can eat-in or takeaway and we have additional outdoor seating in a courtyard.
Situated in the Main Entrance, it is open:
- Monday to Friday: 7am - 8pm.
- Weekends: 9.30am - 4.30pm.
Fine fillings (main entrance open to patients, visitors and staff)
We have three a la carte sandwich bars on the Wonford site, serving a wide range of freshly made sandwiches and baguettes (made to order), baked jacket potatoes, pasties, cakes and a selection of hot & cold beverages.
These can be found at the following locations and are open Monday to Friday:
- Main Entrance, Wonford Hospital: 11am - 3.30pm (open to public and staff, takeaway with outside seating in courtyard).
- Main Foyer, RILD: 8am - 5pm (staff only - takeaway).
- Main Entrance, Child & Women’s Health: 8am - 5.30pm (currently closed).
Cafes (open to patients, visitors and staff)
We also have two smaller cafes on the Wonford site which offer a selection of sandwiches, pasties, cakes as well as hot and cold drinks.
These can be found at the following locations and are open Monday to Friday:
- Waterside, Medical Outpatients: 9am - 4pm (eat-in or take away, with increased space and access to courtyard seating).
- Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre Outpatient area: 9am - 4pm (take away only).
There are a number of vending machines located across the site offering a selection of healthy food & drinks.
Elf Charity Shop
This has small items for purchase and a café area. It can be found in the Waterside area, in Medical Outpatients, Level 1.
Boots (open to patients, visitors and staff)
Provides a safe, high quality, and person-centred outpatient pharmacy service for patients, visitors and staff. Expert pharmacists and technicians are there to dispense medicines on behalf of the Trust and share their professional advice. Boots onsite services include:
- The dispensing of outpatient prescriptions.
- Pharmacy advice regarding medications.
- A wide range of over-the-counter medicines.
- A range of retail products including. sandwiches and essential toiletries.
- Expert advice around a range of community pharmacy services.
Boots can be found on Level 1, P Template. It is open at the following times:
• Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm.
• Saturday 9am – 1pm.
• Sunday Closed.
Please note the Boots UK Hospital Outpatient Pharmacies are only able to dispense Royal Devon and Exeter Outpatient NHS Trust prescriptions. For all other prescription types please ask a member of the Boots team for assistance.
There are two cash machines on the Wonford site:
- Hospital Main Entrance.
- Outside of Oasis Restaurant.