Cancer (oncology)


Our children's cancer service is highly specialised. Our doctors and nurses look after patients and their families throughout the diagnosis and treatment of childhood and teenage cancer.

We aim to provide safe and effective treatment with as little disruption as possible to normal life. We understand that dealing with a cancer diagnosis can be devastating but we are here to offer support, advice and follow up care for our young patients and their families.

We are a designated centre for Teenage and Young Adults (TYA) with cancer (click here to visit these pages).

More on what we do

Children suspected of having cancer need a variety of health professionals to diagnose and treat their conditions.

Our service works with departments across the RD&E, as well as other hospitals to provide the best possible care for your child.

We offer chemotherapy and supportive care, as well as long-term follow up, for patients in North, South, East and Mid Devon.


There are a number of treatment options available.

The most common are:

  • surgery, which aims to remove the tumour during an operation;
  • chemotherapy, which uses anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells;
  • radiotherapy, which uses radiation to destroy cancer cells;
  • stem cell transplants, which involves higher doses of chemotherapy, followed by an infusion of stem cells;
  • immunotherapy, which involves having specific drugs that target particular cancer cells;
  • targeted therapy, which involves special drugs that target proteins and genes in cancer cells.

Your child's doctor will explain to you which treatment, or combination of treatments are appropriate for your child.

Our team

Our core team is made up of two consultants, one doctor and four clinical nurse specialists based in Exeter and one clinical nurse specialist based in North Devon. We also have a social worker from CLIC Sargent, the UK's leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families.


  • Dr Corinne Hayes
  • Dr Simon Parke
  • Dr Rachel Wajed (staff grade)

Clinical nurse specialists

  • Louise Taylor
  • Ali Tierney
  • Janine Roberts
  • Jen Williams

Our wider team includes

Paediatric Oncology Social Worker (CLIC Sargent): Heather Rake (Monday – Wednesday)

Clinical Psychologist: Nicola Hirsch

Paediatric Dietician

Hospital School Teachers: Head - Julia Allen, teachers - Paul Melling, Jane Adcock, Lorraine Hooper

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Bramble ward

Contact us

If you want to get in touch with the department, please contact:


01392 402684 / 403694 (secretary)

Clinical nurses specialists

Clinical nurses specialist are available Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm

Paediatric Clinical Nurse Specialists in Exeter: 01392 402685

Jenny Birch covers North Devon: 07767 308469

Paediatric Oncology Social Worker

Heather Rake (Monday – Wednesday): 01392 402683

(CLIC Sargent - the UK's leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families)

Paediatric Dietician

01392 406063

Devon Hospital School

01392 402675

Community services

The clinical nurse specialists will offer home and school visits to meet the medical, educational and social needs of the child and family.

When appropriate, we work with other professionals, including our children’s community nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social care, to support for families.

Teenagers and young adults


We have visiting consultant clinics from Bristol Children’s Hospital. We hold joint clinics with other specialities, as well as transitional clinics for patients moving into adult care.

Supporting you

We understand how difficult a cancer diagnosis is for you and your family. As a team we will support you and guide you to appropriate resources.

Heather Rake (ClicSargent social worker) will contact you to provide practical and emotional support.

Alongside our Clinical Psychologist we are able to make referrals to FORCE who are a Cancer Support and Information Centre in Exeter for patients and their loved ones who need physical, emotional, psychological and practical support. Contact: 01392 406151. 

Information for healthcare professionals

For any referrals please contact Jo Fuery and she will guide you through the correct process: 01392 402684 / 403694.


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