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News 2019 January - June

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


Ward visiting times at the RD&E will change to 10.30am-8pm from 1 April, 2019, following a year-long pilot to test out more ‘open’ and flexible public visiting times.


For several years, public visiting at the RD&E was limited to afternoons and evenings, but in February 2018 the Trust began piloting 8am-8pm visiting, in line with many other local and national Trusts.


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 Devonís 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 UKís 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 peopleís own homes.


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

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