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News 2019 January - June

One Year until the RD&E goes live with pioneering transformation programme


Today marks the one year countdown to the start of the RD&E’s MY CARE Programme - the single biggest clinical transformation programme ever undertaken at the Trust. This is also the first transformation of its type in the UK to be implemented across the acute hospital and community services.


MY CARE aims to fundamentally improve people’s experience of care at the RD&E (including members of the public, patients, carers and staff), by better connecting care between our hospitals, community clinics and the care people receive at home. It means that patients will be seen in the place that makes most sense for the care they need, reducing unnecessary hospital visits or extended stays. The improvements to services and support will be enabled by the introduction of a single, comprehensive electronic patient record (EPR) system, replacing the multiple computer and paper systems we currently have in place.


Posted on: 27 June | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

RD&E Physio wins 3000 mile row across the Atlantic Ocean


A Physiotherapist from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has completed an incredible 3000 mile row across the Atlantic Ocean in aid of Surfers Against Sewage.


Rosalind Holsgrove-West skippered team ‘Row for The Ocean’ to victory to win the ladies race and came in 10th place overall out of 30 teams taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Despite some difficult tasks to overcome - including being pushed two miles backwards by the wind during a 30 minute rest – the team managed to complete the challenge in an impressive 43 days, 6 hours and 20 minutes.


Posted on: 24 June | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

Patients highly rate the RD&E in CQC annual inpatient survey


Patients at the RD&E highly rate the services provided, according to survey results released this week.


The annual Care Quality Commission (CQC) Inpatient Survey looked at the care of 706 inpatients who were discharged from the RD&E in July 2018. Patients assessed the Trust on a variety of areas during their stay, including the time it took for patients to get a bed on the ward, the care received from clinical and non-clinical staff and their overall views of the care and services provided by the Trust.


Posted on: 20 June | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

Ł6million award to expand diabetes research excellence at Exeter


A £6 million Government award will enable Exeter’s globally-renowned diabetes research to expand to the next level, enabling even more benefit to patient care.


The major investment is part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy. The award to the University of Exeter, working in partnership with the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, is designed to take areas of research which are excellent yet relatively small, and enable them to build to the next level. Across the UK, government is providing the biggest boost to research and development funding in UK history, as part of the ambition to raise the level of research and development funding to 2.4% of GDP by 2027.


Posted on: 18 June | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

Volunteer to help improve and shape local health services


To coincide with national Volunteers Week, the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) is today calling for interested members of the public to give some of their time to support the NHS locally by putting their names forward to be elected as a Governor.


Governors play a vitally important role within the RD&E, providing a direct connection between the Trust, the community it serves and its partners.  Existing RD&E Governors have a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds but they share a real passion for helping to shape local health services in a way that best meets the needs of patients and the public.


Posted on: 3 June | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

Award-winning state-of-the-art NHS clinical laboratory launches quality ‘do-it-yourself’ home blood testing service


A new regulated NHS-backed home blood testing service designed to help people take more control over their own health and deliver safe and precise test results across a range of key health markers has been launched.


Monitor My Health is a fully regulated, not-for-profit venture that offers more choice to people keen to track their own health and provides a high-quality alternative to existing unregulated and profit-making home blood testing services available online.


Posted on: 27 May | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

RD&E Ward Housekeepers win national sustainability award


Ward Housekeepers from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have fought off the competition to win a national award at the NHS Sustainability Awards.


The awards, which were held in Leeds on 16 May, are designed to encourage, benchmark and reward action on creating a more sustainable NHS.


Posted on: 24 May | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

RD&E relaunches Park and Ride service with new ‘Sowton Shuttle’


Patients and visitors to the RD&E can avoid congestion and hand over the driving to someone else thanks to a new low-cost shuttle bus running from Sowton Park and Ride in Exeter.


The Sowton Shuttle is now running to the RD&E’s Wonford site Monday to Friday from the Park and Ride hub on Sidmouth Road, with an adult return costing just £2. Buses run every 30 minutes from 6.40am and run into the evening, and take only minutes to reach the hospital’s main entrance.


Posted on: 24 May | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

Vote now for your RD&E champions


Voting is now underway for the RD&E’s new People’s Choice Awards. Everyone is eligible to vote so the Trust needs your help to decide this year’s winners.


The People’s Choice Awards shine a light on members of staff who embody the qualities that make the RD&E extra special: care and compassion, team work and continuous improvement. The twelve finalists deliver this in bucket loads, with stories of extraordinary personal effort, deep empathy and understanding, and incredible ingenuity, innovation and collaboration. Finalists come from a range of different staff groups including people involved in managing our buildings and estate, to healthcare assistants, physios, nurses and consultants. Everyone nominated will receive a letter of thanks from our Chief Executive.


Posted on: 15 May | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

Care Quality Commission maintains RD&E rating as ‘Good’ following inspection


The RD&E has a “strong caring culture” with staff committed to putting patients’ needs first, according to a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection report released today.


The RD&E has maintained its ‘Good’ rating from the CQC – with some services showing improvements - after the CQC carried out a rigorous but routine and announced inspection of many of the Trust’s acute and community services earlier this year.


Posted on: 30 April | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

Stroke patients benefit from new garden at the RD&E


Patients on the Acute Stroke Unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are now able to relax in a new, upgraded garden.


Work began on the garden in Autumn 2018 on the Acute Stroke Unit, otherwise known as Clyst Ward, to convert the area from a space that was not easily accessible or beneficial to the recovery of patients, into an area which improves overall wellbeing and that patients can enjoy. The garden is now easily accessible from the ward with a wide range of brightly coloured plants in raised flower beds for patients, staff and visitors to enjoy.


Posted on: 12 April | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

RD&E midwife wins national award


A midwife at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has fought off the competition to win a national award at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards.


The awards, which were hosted by the One Show Presenter Alex Jones, are designed to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in midwifery across the UK.


Posted on: 2 April | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

RD&E helipad will be upgraded thanks to generous donation


Work to upgrade the current helipad at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust will begin next month, thanks to a £1million donation from the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal.


The donation has covered the cost of the redevelopment and will allow the introduction of night landings at the hospital. At the moment, the helipad does not have the capacity to support night landings, meaning that its day light operation is limited, especially throughout the winter months. The upgraded helipad will also be extended to enable larger helicopters to land in the daytime.


Posted on: 29 March | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

RD&E ward visiting hours changing to 10.30am-8pm from 1 April 2019


Visiting friends and relatives in hospital at the Royal Devon and Exeter is now even easier, as the Trust opens up its visiting hours permanently.


From 1 April 2019, patient visiting will be open from 10.30am to 8pm, seven days a week. This is following a year-long pilot to test out more ‘open’ and flexible public visiting times.


Posted on: 22 March | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

RD&E comes third nationally in latest NHS Staff Survey


The RD&E has achieved one of the highest scores in the country in the latest NHS Staff Survey.


The trust came third in the country compared to other similar NHS trusts when staff were asked if they would recommend the organisation as a place to work or receive treatment - with 85.8% of staff recommending the RD&E.


Posted on: 27 February | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

New genetic test improves safety of IBD treatments


A genetic discovery will make treatment for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis safer, by identifying patients who are at risk of potentially deadly drug side effects.


A ground-breaking and large-scale NHS research collaboration, led by the University of Exeter and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, has discovered a gene mutation that allows the identification of patients at risk of a drug side effect, allowing clinicians to tailor alternative treatments to these individuals.


Posted on: 27 February | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

Maternity services at the RD&E rated highly by local mums


Maternity services at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have been rated highly by local mums in the 2018 National Maternity Survey.


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) survey asked women about their experience of antenatal care, care during labour and birth, and postnatal care. Across the country, responses were received from more than 17,000 women who gave birth in February 2018 in services run by 129 NHS trusts.


Posted on: 04 February | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

Take care in winter weather - travel safe and avoid slips and falls


During the very cold weather, there is an increased risk of injury from slips or falls in icy conditions.


Make sure to take extra care when travelling in this weather, particularly older people and those at risk of falls.


Posted on: 31 January | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

The first of Devon’s Nursing Associates complete their training


Celebrations took place at Devon hospitals this week as some of the county’s frontline nursing staff are among the first to qualify as Nursing Associates.


Introduced alongside other roles to bridge the gap between Healthcare Assistants and Registered Nurses, the Nursing Associate role offers a new entry point into a fully registered nursing career. At the end of the two year course, staff can either continue studying to become fully qualified registered nurses by taking a shortened nursing degree of two years rather than three, or continue to work as registered Nursing Associates within Devon organisations.


Posted on: 31 January | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

RD&E spinal surgeon leads national report to help improve care for patients


A consultant spine surgeon from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has published a national report into spinal services which aims to improve care for tens of thousands of patients.


Mike Hutton, who has been at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital since 2007, is the author of the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) national report into spinal services, published on 30 January 2019, which makes a series of 22 recommendations for improving the service.


Posted on: 30 January | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

New Rheumatology clinics begin in Okehampton and Honiton hospitals


Rheumatology patients at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust will now be able to have treatment closer to home as new clinics begin in Okehampton and Honiton hospitals this month.


Both hospitals will hold three appointment-only clinics each month allowing patients access to services closer to home and enabling the RD&E to reduce wait times.


Posted on: 25 January | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

RD&E Hospital's neonatal unit receives prestigious award from baby charity Bliss


On 15 January, the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital became the first hospital in South West England to receive a prestigious award for their neonatal unit from the UK’s leading premature and sick baby charity Bliss.


The Bliss Baby Charter Accreditation awards neonatal units that deliver high quality care to babies and support for their families. The Bliss Baby Charter was developed by Bliss to help hospitals caring for premature and sick babies to assess the care they provide and identify areas for improvement. Throughout the accreditation process, Bliss recognises and rewards excellence in the care delivered by neonatal units all the while supporting units to improve their practice.


Posted on: 15 January | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

Dementia patients at the RD&E benefit from MP3 players


Patients suffering from dementia at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital will now benefit from MP3 players filled with music from their youth, thanks to a new partnership with the Purple Angel Global Dementia campaign.


The scheme, which will initially be rolled out to patients on a selected number of wards across the acute and community hospitals, provides each ward with two MP3 players - one loaded with music for those over the age of 50 and the other for patients over the age of 70.


Posted on: 11 January | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

Get an insight into careers in the community at an RD&E Open Day this January


The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust is holding three open days throughout January to encourage people to consider a career in the community.


With events taking place in Exmouth, Sidmouth and Tiverton, the RD&E is particularly looking for registered and unregistered nurses who are passionate about providing care to people in community hospitals as well as in people’s own homes.


Posted on: 08 January | Posted in: 2019 Jan-Jun

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