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Launch Of New Surgery Unit At RD&E

The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital has today launched its dedicated surgery unit. The facility on Knapp Ward follows a huge redesign project to create a ward for all surgical admissions, both in-patient and day-case.

Knapp ward matron, Wendy Strode, said “We are delighted to be able to offer this new surgical hub. We now have 30 patient spaces allowing us to manage 50 in-patient admissions and a further 20 day cases daily.

Providing patients and their families with a calm and professional environment was also very important. Coming in for surgery can often be daunting and many of our patients have to travel long distances for their procedures. The new unit allows us to meet their needs more effectively, ensuring that doctors see them in a timely manner and that we get patients home as soon as we can once they are well enough.”

RD&E NHS Foundation Trust chairman, James Brent said: “This project has once again put patient care right at the centre of what we do here at the RD&E. It is also an important part of our plans to ease bed pressures during the busy Winter months, ensuring that we deliver a more structured approach to our surgical patients, provide them with the best possible care during their time with us, and reduce the number of cancellations.”

The new facilities include a large day room providing a comfortable environment for patients and their relatives plus two new treatment rooms where patients can be assessed in very private surroundings.

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