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News 2017 January - June


RD&E supports Acute Medicine Awareness Day 2017


Staff from AMU at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital showcased how they work to get patients fighting fit again during this year’s Acute Medicine Awareness Day on 21st June.

The national event organised by the Society for Acute Medicine, aims to raise awareness of Acute Medicine as a specialty and all that it offers to patients and staff.


Posted on: 22 June | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

New tapestry reflects the words that mean the most to hospital chaplains past and present 


The favourite quotes and sayings of Chaplains who have served the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital over the last 21 years have been carefully crafted into a new piece of artwork for the hospital’s chaplaincy centre thanks to a donation from the League of Friends.

The new ‘Threads and Ripples’ tapestry, by renowned Devon textile artist Jacqui Parkinson, will be displayed on the wall in the chaplaincy centre to offer comfort and solace to those who choose to visit the space.


Posted on: 20 June | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun


Centre for Women’s Health celebrates 10th Anniversary


Staff from the Centre for Women’s Health at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have celebrated the building’s 10th anniversary with a gathering of staff from past and present.

Since it opened its doors on 11th June 2007, over 490,000 patients have visited for an appointment or admission and 37,433 babies have been born at the Centre.


Posted on: 19 June | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

Exeters world diabetes expert awarded CBE


A world-leading expert diabetes expert has been awarded the CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his work revolutionising diagnosis and treatment of diabetes. Andrew Hattersley, Professor of Molecular Medicine at the University and a diabetes consultant at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, has won a string of international awards for his work in combining genetic diagnosis with clinical treatment to make a real difference for patients with genetic sub types of diabetes across the world.


Posted on: 19 June | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun



Exeter and East Devon Breathe Easy group donates two Pulse Oximeters to RD&Es Respiratory Department


The Exeter and East Devon Breathe Easy group has donated two brand new Pulse Oximeters to the Respiratory Outpatients Department at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to help support patients who have lung conditions.
The new pieces of portable equipment will be used both at the RD&E and out in the community to monitor patient’s oxygen saturation levels. 


Posted on: 19 June | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun


South West leads nose bleed research study


Fourteen NHS emergency hospital departments have opened a new clinical research study led by the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust which could transform patient experience of the way serious nose bleeds are treated.

Dr Adam Reuben, Emergency Medicine consultant at the Royal Devon & Exeter (Wonford) hospital is the Chief Investigator of the NoPac study.


Posted on: 15 June | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun



RD&E joint top performing non-specialist Trust in CQC Adult Inpatient Survey 2016 for overall patient experience


The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked as the joint best performing non-specialist Trust in the country for overall patient experience of care in the 2016 Care Quality Commission (CQC) Adult Inpatient Survey.

The Trust shares the top spot with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, scoring 8.6 out of 10 for people’s overall experience of inpatient services and is amongst the best performers in the survey.


Posted on: 15 June | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

Nadine continues to support Exeter Renal Unit with Mad Nad’s Kidney Machine


Nadine Ridge, the daughter of a renal patient, has continued to support the Exeter Kidney Unit Trust Fund with a further donation of £2,100.

Nadine first started fundraising for the Kidney Unit in 2014 with her specially customised Lambretta Scooter – or her ‘Mad Nads Kidney Machine’ as she calls it – which has been decorated with images and information about kidney health to help raise awareness of chronic kidney disease.


Posted on: 14 June | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

St Thomas Masons donate Spirometer to Bolham Ward in memory of Patrick


Patients on Bolham Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital are set to benefit from a new mobile machine to measure lung function thanks to a £500 donation by the St Thomas Masonic Lodge. 

The Lodge made the donation after being made aware of the efforts of Barbara and David Tilbury, who have been fundraising for the Bolham Ward Trust Fund over the last year in memory of their son Patrick who sadly passed away in 2016.  


Posted on: 12 June | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

South West celebrates health research contribution


The top trust in the South West for recruiting people into clinical research studies was the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in 2016-17.


The RD&E enrolled 5,040 patients, of which 1,183 were into Diabetes research studies, 412 for Cancer and 396 Gastroenterology during the last financial year ending March 2017. Patients had the opportunity to participate in 219 different health research trials conducted by the RD&E.


Posted on: 26 May | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun



A response from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust on the South West Paediatric Club conference being held today:

“The Trust would like to make it clear that the paediatric conference being held in one of the buildings on our main site has been organised and hosted by the South West Paediatric Club (SWPC), an independent professional organisation entirely separate from the RD&E.


“We are aware that the SWPC has apologised unreservedly on its website:  “


Posted on: 18 May | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

It’s the little things that make the difference this Deaf Awareness Week


During this year’s Deaf Awareness Week (15th 21st May), several charities are keen to promote the importance of the little things you can do to help people who have hearing problems.     

The UK Council on Deafness and Action on Hearing Loss are keen to promote deaf awareness throughout the community by explaining how small actions can make a big difference to everyday life – whether it’s at home, at work, out socialising or accessing services such as healthcare.


Posted on: 17 May | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

Ron’s Daleks raise cash for charity


A multi-trade craftsman at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has raised hundreds of pounds for local charities thanks to his unusual sci-fi hobby.

Dedicated Doctor Who fan Ronald Munns, from the hospital’s Estates Department, has been building incredibly realistic Daleks in his shed at home in Pathfinder Village. He initially started building the Daleks for fun in his spare time using scraps of wood and leftover materials, however soon realised they could have a more charitable purpose.


Since 2013, he has built two full-sized Daleks, one red and one black, which now appear at sci-fi conventions and charity events across the country.


Posted on: 20 April | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

RD&E Nurse and friends step in to help Emily fundraise for Macmillan


A nurse at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Cassie Bartlett, and a group of college pals have rallied round in support of friend Emily Cane to help her fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Emily was due to take part in the London Marathon on 23rd April in memory of her mum Susie who sadly passed away last year. Unfortunately, Emily has suddenly become seriously unwell herself and so is unable to complete the challenge she had been training hard for the last four months.


Posted on: 20 April | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

RD&E continues to perform well in National Inpatient Diabetes Audit


The high standard of diabetes care provided to inpatients at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has continued to improve according to the latest results of the National Inpatient Diabetes Audit (NADIA).

NADIA looks at the care of all inpatients with diabetes on a single day in all Trusts across England and Wales. It focuses on key staffing and organisational issues, clinical outcome measures and patient satisfaction levels.


Posted on: 12 April | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

Crediton Hospital receives new rehab bicycle thanks to League of Friends


Physiotherapists at Crediton Hospital were excited to receive a new Rehabilitation Bicycle thanks to support from a local charity.

The bicycle, which was purchased for the hospital by the Crediton Hospital League of Friends, is specially designed to be easier to use for adults who have musculoskeletal and neurological impairments. The adaptions make the bike suitable for people to use immediately after a hip or knee replacement.


Posted on: 07 April | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun


RD&E to benefit from £41,000 funding boost for maternity safety training

Maternity staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are set to benefit from a £41,000 funding boost which will enable the Trust to deliver further training to improve maternity safety.


The RD&E has received a share of over £8m through Health Education England’s (HEE) Maternity Safety Training Fund, which is being distributed to all NHS Trusts in England on behalf of the Department of Health.


Posted on: 05 April | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

Welcome to Devon's first Admiral Nurse

Devon’s first Admiral Nurse has begun work in the Sid Valley. Heidi Crook’s appointment will mean that families in the area will now have access to an Admiral Nurse. Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, these nurses work alongside people with dementia, their families and carers: giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions.


Posted on: 03 April | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

Survivor and surgeon take to supercars for local bowel cancer charity

A fantastic collection of supercars will be driving a crucial message from Lands-End to Bristol for a super cause.

The ‘BCW Grand Tour’, lead by local charity Bowel Cancer West, will include a Lamborghini, a Porsche and the 2016 winner of the Crumball Rally to draw attention to bowel cancer in the hope of saving lives during bowel cancer awareness month in April.

Posted on: 23 March | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

Making calories count at the RD&E this Nutrition and Hydration Week

Staff and patients at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital learnt about the importance of eating well and drinking lots when in hospital during Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017.

The national campaign, held between 13th and 19th March, is organised annually by Patient Safety First, the National Association of Care Catering and the Hospital Caterers Association.


Posted on: 23 March | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

Staff give the RD&E a glowing report in annual NHS Staff Survey

Staff at the RD&E have given the Trust a glowing report in the 2016 NHS staff survey released today (7 March 2017). Staff highly recommend the Trust as a place to work and to receive treatment placing it in the top 20% of Acute (1) Trusts nationally.

In addition, the survey findings place the RD&E in the top 20% of hospitals nationally for half of the key findings, including staff involvement in improvements at work, effective team working and placing the care of patients as the organisation's top priority.


Posted on: 07 March | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

RD&E celebrates apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week

The work of Apprentices employed at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust is being celebrated during National Apprenticeship Week 2017 (6th – 10th March).

Apprenticeships play a vital role in helping young people to get a foot on the career ladder and enable employers to develop a skilled workforce for the future. The national event, now in its tenth year, celebrates the important contribution made by apprenticeships and highlights the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Posted on: 03 March | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

National Apprenticeship Week 2017 event



Tuesday 7th March from 17.00-20.00, RILD


Come and talk to us about the wide range of apprenticeships from Level 2 upwards, in a variety of occupations including Clinical Healthcare Support, Business Administration, IT, Management and Electrotechnical Installation.


Posted on: 02 March | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun


Woodbury Park golfers raise cash for Clyst Ward

Woodbury Park Golf Club Captains Daryn Hunt and Mickie Ward have raised £10,500 to help with the rehabilitation of stroke patients on Clyst Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.    

As 2016 Captains, the pair chose the acute stroke ward as their Captains’ Charity for the year, after Mickie’s husband Robert, also known as Sharky, spent time being cared for there in 2011 and 2012.


Posted on: 27 February | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

Extraordinary staff celebrated at winter awards

Staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital were celebrated for their exceptional contribution at the hospital’s Winter Extraordinary People Awards.


The seasonal awards are a way of recognising extraordinary staff who do exceptional things and often go above and beyond to provide high quality services. Nominations are made by fellow staff members or patients who want to acknowledge an individual or team, and the winners in each category are chosen by a panel of judges from the Trust’s Executive Board.


Posted on: 23 February | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

New prostate cancer diagnostic service at Exmouth thanks to Geoff’s fundraising mission

Patients in East Devon can now benefit from better access to diagnostic facilities for prostate cancer at Exmouth Community Hospital thanks to a fundraising mission of one man. 


Sixty-five year old Geoff Fidler, from Exeter, has raised almost £47,000 for the Urology Team from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust to part-fund the purchase of an ultrasound scanner used to diagnose prostate cancer. The additional cost of the £100k scanner was funded thanks to a donation from Devon charity the Chestnut appeal. 


Posted on: 20 February | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

Move to improve stroke rehabilitation services in Eastern Devon


STROKE patients in Eastern Devon will benefit from more joined up services this spring when a rehabilitation unit relocates to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

This move is the final stage in completing recommendations from a 2013 consultation led by Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Stroke Association.

In April, inpatient stroke rehabilitation facilities at Ottery St Mary Community Hospital will be transferred to Yealm Ward at the RD&E, next to the Trust’s acute stroke care inpatient facilities on Clyst Ward. Stroke rehabilitation patients will benefit from 24-hour medical cover at the RD&E site and a wide range of specialist staff support, including therapists and dieticians.


Posted on: 20 February | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

Fundraising boost means Radiology are on track with Big Raise campaign

The Radiology Team at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital are well on their way to achieving their goal of giving an x-ray room a child friendly makeover thanks to a recent fundraising boost. 

Through their ‘Big Raise for Little Rays’ campaign, the department plans to make the clinical area more welcoming and less frightening for children who need to have an x-ray by decorating a room with a fun theme and installing a ceiling projector. 

Posted on: 17 February | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

Dawlish patient in national campaign promoting health research

A Dawlish man has shared his own experience in support of a national campaign promoting participation in health research.

The National Institute for Health Research promotes opportunities for taking part in clinical research and the benefits for patients through its campaign called ‘Our Stories.’

Howard Almond was diagnosed in 2015 with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) which progressively scars the lung and affects breathing. 


Posted on: 15 February | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun


Family donate over £4,000 to RD&E’s Neonatal Unit to say thank you

The Thomas family, from Tiverton, have raised over £4,000 for the Neonatal Unit (NNU) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital as a thank you for their care their son received there. 


Three year old Maximus spent 12 ½ weeks on NNU in September 2013 after being born prematurely at 27 weeks.  During this time, Maximus spent time on every area of NNU, from intensive care to low dependency, and was cared for by Dr Bartle and his experienced team. He was allowed home the day before his due date and has been monitored by the team for just over two years after discharge. 


Posted on: 06 February | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun

New renal unit officially opened for North Devon patients


Patients in North Devon can now access a brand new renal facility in Barnstaple to undergo their life-saving kidney dialysis treatment.

The opening of the satellite renal unit was officially marked by staff and patients from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and partner Fresenius Medical Care at an event to celebrate the project’s completion.  RD&E Chief Executive Suzanne Tracey and Fresenius Executive Vice President of Western Europe Frank Wagner were given the honour of revealing a special plaque to mark the occasion on 26th January.


Posted on: 31 January | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun



Ofsted says First Steps Day Nursery at RD&E is “Outstanding”


The quality and standards of nursery education provided by First Steps Day Nursery at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have been rated as outstanding by inspectors from Ofsted.

Following an inspection on the 9th January 2017, the Ofsted report findings sing the praises of the staff team.


Posted on: 27 January | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun



Call the midwife – RD&E launches new phone number for mums-to-be


A new 24 hour maternity triage service is set to launch at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, which will give expectant mums direct access to support from qualified midwives if they have concerns about their pregnancy.

The service, which opens on 23rd January, includes a new triage team of experienced midwives, a triage unit within the Ante/Postnatal Ward and a dedicated 24 hour phone number to call for help and guidance.


Posted on: 18 January | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun



Choose well this winter


The winter period always brings additional pressure on hospital services and the hospital is currently experiencing a significant amount of pressure.


Pete Adey, the RD&E’s Director of Operations, said: “As anticipated, the first week of January has been exceptionally busy and the hospital is seeing a higher number of patients than normal, particularly the elderly, suffering from conditions more common during the winter.


Posted on: 06 January | Posted in: 2017 Jan-Jun


Call 111 when its less than urgent