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News 2019 July - December


NDHT and RD&E agree to explore joining together on a more formal basis

 

The Boards of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have agreed that the two organisations will explore joining together on a more formal basis. Both Boards have agreed that this process must be based on the premise that any new arrangement is beneficial to people in all the communities served by both Trusts and this premise is supported by NHS regulators.


Suzanne Tracey, joint chief executive of NDHT and the RD&E, said: “The starting point for both organisations is the clear view that wherever you live – whether that is in rural Northern Devon, in the centre of Exeter, or on the borders of Somerset and Cornwall - we have a shared duty, as part of the National Health Service, to ensure that people have good access to high quality care and, in particular, A&E and supporting services when they need them. 

 

Posted on: 19 December | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec

 


Exeter Golf and Country Club raise over £12,000 for the RD&Eís neonatal unit

 

Members of the Exeter Golf and Country Club have raised an impressive £12,531 for the neonatal department at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, after a year of fantastic fundraising efforts.


The 2018 Golf Captains, Lyndon Bent and Lyne Beevers, decided to fundraise for the neonatal unit after Lyndon and his wife, Debbie, sadly lost their young son over 30 years ago following months of neonatal care in Exeter. 

 

Posted on: 4 November | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec

 


Construction begins on £10million Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre

 

Work is now under way to construct a cutting-edge new imaging centre expected to rapidly accelerate dementia research and improve healthcare.

 

The new Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre will form part of the University of Exeter Medical School clinical research infrastructure. It will transform research and diagnosis of dementia and other neurological diseases, funded by part of a £10 million donation from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation.


 

Posted on: 17 October| Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec

 


RD&E nurse receives prestigious CNO Silver award in recognition of major contributions to patients

 

A cancer nurse at the RD&E has received one of the country’s top nursing awards for her contributions in improving patient care.

 

Tina Grose, Lead Cancer Nurse at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, has received a prestigious Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Silver Award by Ruth May, CNO for NHS England and NHS Improvement, during a visit to the Trust last week.

 

Posted on: 11 October| Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec


Patients highly rate cancer services at the RD&E

 

Patients being treated for cancer at the RD&E highly rate the services they receive, according to results published by a national survey this month.


The annual National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, now in its eighth year, is designed to monitor national progress on cancer care; provide information to drive local improvements and to inform the work of groups supporting cancer patients, including the voluntary sector.

 

Posted on: 2 October| Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec


MY CARE Trainers wanted! There is still time to become part of the biggest training programme the Trust has ever undertaken

 

Over half the MY CARE Trainers we need have been appointed from the first round of recruitment, however we still have several positions available to complete the full team of 39 trainers we need.  We are seeking inspiring and forward thinking people from a range of professional backgrounds to fill these remaining trainer roles.

 

Becoming a MY CARE Trainer will give you the chance to be part of something exciting and historic for the Trust.

 

Posted on: 30 September | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec


Neonatal team at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital wins prestigious award

 

The neonatal unit at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has received the Water Wipes Team of the Year – Neonatal Excellence Award from Bliss, the UK’s leading charity for babies born premature or sick.


Bliss has granted the neonatal unit the award in recognition of the fact that the team go above and beyond to ensure every baby that enters the neonatal unit receives the highest standard of care.

 

Posted on: 30 September | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec


Royal Devon and Exeter hospitalís new helipad set to open by January 2020

 

Work to replace the old helipad at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital is well underway, thanks to the cost being totally funded with a £1million grant from the HELP Appeal– the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. It is anticipated that the new helipad is set to open by January 2020.

 

The HELP Appeal’s Chief Executive visited the helipad site on 25 September, to see the progress being made on its development and to present the second £250,000 instalment to the hospital.

 

Posted on: 26 September | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec


Health Enterprise East announces partnership with Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

 

Health Enterprise East (HEE) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, a top-ranked NHS Trust employing around 8,000 staff and serving a population of over 460,000 people in Exeter, East Devon and Mid-Devon.

 

The Trust is internationally recognised for excellence in a number of specialist fields, including orthopaedics, women’s health, cancer services, renal services, mobility and neuro-rehabilitation.

 

Posted on: 19 September | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec


MY CARE Trainers wanted! Your chance to be part of the biggest training programme the Trust has ever undertaken

 

Are you passionate about education and training?  Are you looking for a new challenge which will give you the chance to be part of something exciting and historic for the Royal Devon and Exeter?

 

The RD&E is seeking inspiring and forward thinking people from a range of professional backgrounds to join the MY CARE Programme Training team as MY CARE Trainers.

 

Posted on: 23 August | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec


Brave Rhiannon raises a huge £10,000 for the RD&Eís Spinal Unit

 

An incredibly brave 11-year-old girl has raised an impressive £10,000 for the RD&E Spinal Unit, just two years after undergoing major spinal surgery.


At just six-years-old Rhiannon Hewitt, from Camelford, Cornwall, was doing handstands with her sister when her grandmother noticed that Rhiannon’s back looked out of shape. An x-ray found that Rhiannon was suffering with a 60 degree curve of the spine, known as Scoliosis. From then on, to try and reduce the risk of the curve increasing, Rhiannon wore a brace for three years, 23 hours a day.

 

Posted on: 22 August | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec


New director of people appointed to the RD&E and NDHT

 

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) are pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah Foster as joint director of people following a rigorous selection process.

 

Hannah joins the NHS from Flybe, the Exeter-based airline, where she was director of people. Prior to her Flybe role, Hannah also held top strategic posts for the Church of England and global educational provider Pearson, helping both organisations develop key culture and organisational growth programmes.

 

Posted on: 15 August | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec


RD&E doctors set to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean

 

Two Emergency Medicine doctors at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are swapping their scrubs for the sea as they attempt to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, in aid of Devon Air Ambulance.


Charlie Fleury and Rosie Alterman, who make up the ‘EmergenSea Girls’, are planning to take part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December 2020. The pair are both hoping to break the female pair world record for the race, as well as using the row as an opportunity to study the physiology and psychology behind women participating in ultra-endurance sports.

 

Posted on: 14 August | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec

 


RD&E signs up to Devon Positive about Breastfeeding initiative

 

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have joined forces with Devon County Council and other local businesses to raise awareness and celebrate breastfeeding, as part of Devon County Council’s scheme, Devon Positive about Breastfeeding.


The scheme, which was launched to coincide with World Breastfeeding Week, aims to raise the positive profile of breastfeeding in public. It acknowledges and advertises the World Health Organization’s recommendations that breastfeeding is the normal way for a baby to feed for the first six months of life, and then for as long as mum and baby wish to, as part of a varied diet.

 

Posted on: 2 August | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec


Patients benefit from state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment

 

Patients at the Mardon Neuro-rehabilitation Centre at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust will benefit from specialist rehabilitation equipment, thanks to a donation from the Exeter Chiefs Foundation and Mardon League of Friends.


The donation means that patients at the Mardon centre, a 12-bedded unit in Exeter providing inpatient neurorehabilitation, will be able to practice walking on both the treadmill and over ground with the support of the Litegait Partial Weight-Bearing System, worth nearly £30,000.

 

Posted on: 15 July | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec


RD&E nurse chosen to be part of prestigious new national research leadership programme

 

Maggie Shepherd, Lead Nurse for Research at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Clinical Professor at University of Exeter Medical School, has been selected to become part of a brand new nurse and midwife research initiative - the National Institute for Health Research’s (NIHR) 70@70 Research Leader programme.


Maggie is one of 70 senior nurses and midwives from across the UK to be accepted onto the scheme. The NIHR-funded three year programme will champion research, innovate and drive improvements in future care.

 

Posted on: 15 July | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec

 


Incredible RD&E staff celebrated at annual awards ceremony

 

Outstanding staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have been celebrated for their achievements and exceptional care at the Trust’s annual award ceremony.


The People’s Choice Awards, which are a new part of the Trust’s extremely popular Extraordinary People awards scheme, was the first opportunity for a wider audience to get involved. Members of the public, patients and staff were all invited to nominate and then vote for the finalists who they felt most deserved to win.

 

Posted on: 5 July | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec

 


RD&E celebrates first day case hip replacement surgery

 

A patient has become the first at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust to undergo day case hip replacement surgery, after being discharged just eight hours after surgery.


Christopher Bennett suffered from painful osteoarthritis in his hip. After trying to settle his pain with non-operative measures, he came to the conclusion that his quality of life was affected enough to warrant surgery. Following his procedure in May, Christopher quickly completed all physio goals and, after a discussion with his family, physio team and doctors, it was decided that he was well enough to return home that evening.

 

Posted on: 3 July | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec

 


Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust invests £7million in new energy technology

 

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) is set to reduce its energy costs by £800,000 a year, following a £7million investment in sustainable energy measures.

 

The project, delivered by Centrica Business Solutions, will see state-of-the-art energy technology installed at five sites across Exeter, helping the RD&E to cut its energy costs by 17 per cent.

 

Posted on: 2 July | Posted in: 2019 Jul-Dec


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