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News 2020 January - June


Coronavirus: what you need to know

 

For local and national health information and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit our dedicated Coronavirus pages.

 

This page updates regularly | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


Change to Sidwell Street Walk In Centre opening hours

 

From Thursday 26 March, the opening hours for the Sidwell Street Walk-In Centre will be 0800-2000, Mon-Sun.

 

For the most up to date opening hours for the sexual health clinic, please see the Devon Sexual Heath website: https://www.devonsexualhealth.nhs.uk/

 

Posted on: 26 March 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


‘Your NHS Needs You’ – NHS Call For Volunteer Army

 

The NHS is “rallying the troops” for the war on coronavirus, with volunteers being called up to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home.

The nation is looking for up to 250,000 volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.

 

Posted on: 25 March 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


Update regarding outpatient appointments

 

Following the changes implemented by the Government last night we have had to review our maternity visiting restrictions - this will take immediate effect.


Unfortunately women will need to attend alone for all antenatal, postnatal and ultrasound scan appointments either in the hospital or in a community setting.

 

One birth partner will be permitted only when in labour. There will be no visitors allowed on the ante/postnatal wards - this includes partners.

 

Posted on: 24 March 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


COVID-19: Maternity visiting restrictions

 

Following the changes implemented by the Government last night we have had to review our maternity visiting restrictions - this will take immediate effect.


Unfortunately women will need to attend alone for all antenatal, postnatal and ultrasound scan appointments either in the hospital or in a community setting.

 

One birth partner will be permitted only when in labour. There will be no visitors allowed on the ante/postnatal wards - this includes partners.

 

Posted on: 24 March 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


Help us Help You – Donating to the RD&E

 

In recent days the RD&E has received numerous generous donations to support our NHS staff at this challenging time. We are hugely grateful for your support and solidarity!

 

Should anyone else wish to donate, the RD&E Charity has launched a new appeal #HelpUsHelpYou to support RD&E staff working tirelessly to care for patients.

 

The best way to help our staff is to donate money to our ‘Help Us Help You’ fund (please click to donate now). This enables us to tailor support to staff’s immediate needs and in particular assist those most affected. 

 

Posted on: 24 March 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


COVID-19: Visiting restrictions across our hospitals

 

We continue to take all necessary precautions to protect our patients and staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


To reduce the risk to patients, staff and any visitors and maintain the Government’s direction on social isolation, from 7pm this evening (23 March 2020) no visiting will be allowed at the RDE unless there are:

Posted on: 23 March 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


A big THANK YOU

 

Over the last few days, in recognition of the burden being placed on the NHS as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have received numerous offers of support, donations of food and other goodies from companies and individuals who want to show their solidarity with the NHS at this difficult time.


We want to use this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has said they want to help out or who have donated food and others things to us.

 

Posted on: 20 March 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


The Fracture Clinic is moving

 

As of Monday 23 March 2020, the Fracture Clinic is relocating to the Orthopaedic Outpatient Department. You can access this department via the Princess Elizabeth Entrance. Upon arrival, please report to the reception area based on Level 0.

 

For further information please contact Fracture Clinic on 01392 402265

 

Posted on: 19 March 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


Urgent message for all patients attending outpatient appointments

 

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister that the public are being asked to avoid non-essential contact with other people, we have taken the decision that all non-essential outpatient appointments are likely to be stood down over the next few days, to comply with this approach.

 

Please continue to attend appointments unless you are notified. If you would prefer not to attend, please inform us. We will be contacting patients over the coming days to rearrange or delay appointments.

 

Posted on: 16 March 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


Visiting patients during COVID-19 outbreak

 

As part of our continued actions to protect the community regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to keep the hospital running we would respectfully request that you consider the changes we are making to members of the public visiting patients in the Trust.

 

In order to reduce the footfall to keep the virus away from the hospital for as long as possible, and maintain our service levels for patients, we are asking members of the public to consider some steps.

 

Posted on: 14 March 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


Open letter on tackling hate crime and racism in our community

 

We have signed an open letter with partners in Exeter – the University of Exeter, Exeter City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and Exeter College - on tackling hate crime and racism in our community, particularly in light of recent incidents in relation to coronavirus. This is a time when we must work together and support each other - not create more division and hurt.

 

We will stand together to tackle hate crime and hateful people, and in equal measure promote and celebrate diversity to ensure that love and respect always conquers hate. Please work with us and support us to make Exeter the best city to live in the world.

 

Posted on: 12 March 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


RD&E staff rise to the challenge

 

Staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have demonstrated a high level of resilience, despite meeting considerable challenges over the last year, according to the latest national NHS Staff Survey.


Responses to the wide-ranging survey of NHS employees remained positive overall, with 72% of RD&E staff saying they would recommend the Trust as a place to work – well above the 64% average for Combined Acute and Community Trusts nationally.

 

Posted on: 19 February 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


See the future at the RD&E

 

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are hosting a preview of the future of electronic patient care records on 22 February - and patients, Foundation Trust members and the public are all invited to attend.

The patient open day will take place in the Peninsula Medical School Lecture Theatre (next to the Research, Innovation, Learning and Development (RILD) building) on the RD&E Wonford site,  10am-12pm on 22 February.

 

Posted on: 3 February 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


Parents of sick or premature babies to receive care packages

 

Care packages filled with essential items for parents of premature or poorly babies have been donated to the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, thanks to Louie’s Helping Hand.

 

Louie’s Helping Hand was set up by Matt and Bexy Corbett, from Exeter, in memory of their son Louie, who was born 15 weeks early and sadly passed away at just four days old. Following their experience, Matt and Bexy decided that they wanted to produce boxes full of essential items for parents whose baby was either being transferred to another hospital or moved to a neonatal unit.

 

Posted on: 23 January 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


Smiles all around at RD&E Charity launch

 

There were smiles all around on Monday (13 January 2020) as the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust officially launched the RD&E Charity.

 

The event, kindly hosted by Arbuthnot Latham in Southernhay, Exeter, was well received with attendance from David Fursdon, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Devon; Peter Holland, the Lord Mayor of Exeter and a number of local business people.

 

Posted on: 15 January 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


Raising money - and smiles - with the RD&E Charity

 

Patients and staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are set to benefit from the RD&E Charity which officially launches this evening (13 January 2020).

 

The RD&E Charity exists to raise money for a wide range of activities over and above what the NHS is able to provide to make a real difference to patients, their families and the amazing staff who treat them.

 

Posted on: 13 January 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


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