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News 2018 July - December


Five ways to stay well and out of hospital this winter


The winter period is always incredibly busy for hospitals and we expect this winter to be no different. The fact is that colder weather usually means more illness and more accidents and that means demand for our services, particularly our Emergency Department, becomes very high. Meeting this demand can be challenging but we plan in advance with our partners to ensure we are ready for the winter period. The plans we put in place include additional staff, closer work with GPs and community teams, and treating people without the need for a bed. As always, our absolute priority is to deliver safe and high quality care even in the busiest of times.


You can help us to keep the hospital running smoothly by taking five routine steps to stay well this winter – and out of hospital. This will be good for you but also good for us. Fewer people through our doors means it will be easier for us to deliver safe, high quality care to all those who really need to be in hospital this winter.


Posted on: 6 December | Posted in: 2018 Jul-Dec


Devon’s first wave of Nursing Associates set to finish training


A county-wide pilot designed to train a new generation of frontline nursing staff has proved to be a great success as its first wave of recruits near the end of their training.


Devon, which faces unique challenges attracting registered nurses due to its large rural area and shortage of supporting transport routes, is one of 11 first-wave ‘nursing associate’ pilot sites and the only Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)-wide site selected and funded by Health Education England (HEE).

Posted on: 23 November | Posted in: 2018 Jul-Dec


The RD&E is one of the first NHS trusts awarded Veteran Aware accreditation

As the nation marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has become one of the 24 acute hospital trusts in the country to be accredited as a Veteran Aware hospital.


Hospitals accredited by the Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance (VCHA) will lead the way in improving NHS care for veterans and members of the armed forces community by: providing training to staff to be aware of veterans’ specific needs; making past and present servicemen and women aware of appropriate charities or NHS services beneficial to them, such as mental health services or support with financial and/or benefit claims; and ensuring that the armed forces community is never disadvantaged compared to other patients, in line with the NHS’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

Posted on: 9 November | Posted in: 2018 Jul-Dec


Cameras go behind the scenes at the RD&E for major Channel 5 documentary

The RD&E will take centre-stage in a feature-length documentary to be shown on Channel 5 on 31 October at 9pm.


The 90-minute programme, called ‘Secret Life of the Hospital: Revealed’, shows some of the unseen cogs in the vast complex machinery of a large modern acute teaching hospital like the RD&E and sheds light on the teamwork required to keep the hospital working safely 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Posted on: 26 October | Posted in: 2018 Jul-Dec


RD&E and North Bristol NHS Trust join forces to deliver cutting-edge genomics testing for patients

A new South West Genomic Laboratory Hub has been announced as one of only seven hubs that will deliver genomic testing for patients with cancer or rare disease as part of a new national network.

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust will work in partnership with North Bristol NHS Trust to provide potentially life-changing diagnosis and move towards a more personalised approach to treatment. The Exeter Genetics Laboratory is one of three designated providers of specialised endocrine tests for patients throughout England and the national centre for monogenic diabetes and hyperinsulinism testing. Our flagship rapid whole exome sequencing for patients with rare disease will be upgraded to whole genome sequencing.

Posted on: 16 October | Posted in: 2018 Jul-Dec


Tours are sold out – but there’s still plenty to do at the RD&E’s open day this Saturday

This Saturday the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital is holding its first open day in nearly a decade, and there is something for everyone!


Taking place from 10am – 3pm on Saturday 22nd September, visitors to the hospital’s Wonford site in Barrack Road will be able to see our state-of-the-art surgical robot, get creative with our ‘fun with fruit and veg’ and even learn some clinical skills such as how to use a defibrillator. Although the behind-the-scenes tours of departments such as laboratories, theatres and diagnostics have now all sold out, make sure to check with staff as there may be a few spaces available on the day.

Posted on: 18 September | Posted in: 2018 Jul-Dec


Learn more about MY CARE, the RD&E’s major clinical transformation programme

The RD&E’s new corporate strategy sets our ambition to lead the transformation of the health and care system so that we can continue providing safe, high quality seamless services delivered with courtesy and respect to people and communities in Devon.


The Trust has a long track record of having a great team of people who continually deliver service improvement for the benefit of patients and collectively we have made big strides over the last few years on preventing hospital admission, keeping people healthy and supported at home and in their communities, and improving the overall experience of our patients.


Posted on: 12 September | Posted in: 2018 Jul-Dec


Get an exclusive look behind the scenes in hospital at the RD&E’s open day

Members of the public can get an exclusive insight into hospital life at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital this September at its open day.

From 10am–3pm on Saturday 22nd September, visitors to the hospital’s Wonford site in Barrack Road, Exeter, will have the chance to see our state-of-the-art surgical robot and take guided tours of areas normally off-limits including operating theatres, laboratories, medical imaging, paediatrics, our huge laundry and more. There will also be fun for all the family with live music, face painting, dancing and delicious street food at the open day’s HQ outside the RILD building, on the Wonford site.


Posted on: 22 August | Posted in: 2018 Jul-Dec


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