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Launch of Exeter Surgical Health Services Research Unit


A new dedicated unit has been set up at the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital which brings together a wealth of clinical knowledge and research to improve care of surgical patients.


RD&E Consultant lead Mr John McGrath said: “The Exeter Surgical Health Services Research Unit(HeSRU) brings together the resources, experienceand knowledge to inform real advances in all stages of surgical treatment and patient care. By having this unit we will strengthen partnership links between the wide range of researchactivity and service improvement happening in Exeter. We have an international reputation for developing surgical techniques and sharing good practice and I am sure with this unit we will be able to promote further innovation, training and education. This important work involves a range of healthcare professionals committed to improving patient care and safety from surgeons, anaesthetists and theatres staff to nurses, physiotherapists and dieticians.”

New research unit
Seminar room in the Research Unit


The unit, which includes video link from a seminar room to theatres for teaching and a clinical consultation room, is on the RD&E Wonford hospital site. It will support work for the National Institute for Health research and strengthen established links with partners including the University of Exeter and Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry.


At the official opening event (Tuesday 29 March 2011) guests heard examples of current research set to benefit surgical patients including improving the quality of life of patients after surgery for bowel and breast cancer, early detection of complications after surgery and understanding of surgical performance under stress by applying sports science.

Dean of The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Professor Steve Thornton, congratulated the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust for this latest investment in research and training at a time when the NHS and the education sector were facing challenging times in the context of public sector savings. He said collaborative working and sharing of knowledge and resources was essential to ensuring that research and improvement of health services goes from strength to strength.


RD&E Chief Executive Angela Pedder said: “I have every confidence in our staff and partners that they will rise to the challenge of keeping patient safety and care at the heart of everything we do whilst finding news ways of working and providing best value for public money.”

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