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Yarty Ward and Day Case Unit - Haematology

Ward Location:

RD&E Wonford Hospital, Level 1 Area R

Explanation / description:

The Haematology Unit comprises 10 single rooms, a specialist family unit, a 3 bed bay in-patient ward, a day care unit, and outpatient clinic. There are 6 Haematology Consultants, 2 Specialist Registrars and 1 Senior House Officer. There are 2 Advanced Nurse Practitioners, both of whom are qualified as Nurse Prescribers. There are also 2 Clinical Nurse Specialists who see patients as both outpatients and inpatients when appropriate. The remaining nurses have a variety of specialist skills which include administering chemotherapy.

Any additional directions:

The Haematology Unit has a dedicated entrance and reception area. This can be found by driving through the large disabled car park opposite the Oncology Centre entrance. There are 3 dedicated disabled car parking spaces just outside the entrance. Day case patients can obtain a permit for free parking when they arrive for treatment at the Haematology Reception.

Ward phone number(s):

Yarty Ward: 01392 402815
Day Case Unit: 01392 402853

Ward specialty(ies):


Visiting times:

Open visiting until 9pm

No. visitors at any time:

2 per bed. See the visitors page for more information.

Other visitor information:

Visitors who have active infections or bad coughs and visitors who have had contact with people with infectious problems (e.g. chickenpox) may not visit. If visitors have experienced diarrhoea and vomiting, they must not visit until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.

Ward postal address:

Yarty Ward, RD&E Wonford Hospital, Barrack Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 5DW

Total number of beds:

13 inpatient beds, 4 DCU beds and 15 chairs.

No. of side rooms:


No. of bathrooms:

Every side room has en-suite toilet and showering facilities.

No. of showers:

2 excluding those in single rooms.

Ward type:

Yarty cares for patients receiving chemotherapy, stem cell transplants and palliative care. We receive both planned and emergency admissions.


Cancer Services


Neil Toghill

Senior Nurse:

Clare Rowley

Ward Sister:

Rachel Tsang

Medical Director:

John Renninson

Additional Information:

Yarty has a support worker / counsellor and an aromatherapist who work part time and are both funded by Exeter Leukaemia Fund.


Exeter Haematology Support Group

The group provides a series of lively, friendly, and supportive meetings to which patients with haematological conditions, and their relatives are very warmly welcomed. The meetings are informal and provide a place to meet and get to know other people with similar disorders, and their families, for exchanging information and experiences.

The group has a Christmas meal out together and a summer meal/gathering.

There are more formal meetings which include talks on relevant subjects, with a presentation and discussion afterwards. Topics are very varied and cover such things as Diet, Exercise, Pain Management, Research, Complimentary Therapies, and Relaxation.

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 4.30pm.

Karen Hathaway, ELF Haematology Support Specialist/Counsellor is available on 01392 402879.


Clinical Trials

Many patients are treated within clinical trials and there are 5 part time research nurses that help facilitate this.


Link to the Coming into Hospital Booklet


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