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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


The use of face coverings when coming to Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust sites

 

People infected with COVID-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and can transmit the virus to others without being aware of it. In line with recent recommendations from the UK Government, we are introducing new measures to keep visitors, patients, and staff safe.

 

From Monday, 15th June 2020 you will need to wear a face covering when you come to hospital or care setting as a visitor or outpatient.

 

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


New RD&E Patient Recruitment Centre to improve patient access to commercial clinical research

 

Patients across the South West will benefit from easier access to clinical research opportunities, after the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) was selected as one of five NHS trusts in England to host a new Patient Recruitment Centre (PRC) for late phase commercial clinical research.

 

The new PRC will enable local patients to take part in late-phase commercial clinical research - studies funded by the life sciences industry - through which participants can access potentially cutting edge new drugs and treatments before they become widely available within the NHS.

 

Posted on: 22 May 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


Family Liaison Service

 

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, to help us maintain social distancing and reduce the risk to our staff and patients, we made the difficult decision to restrict visiting across the Trust.

 

We know that staying in touch with loved ones is really important during a hospital stay, so to help patients and their families keep in touch, we have launched a new Family Liaison Service which is available across all of our hospital sites.

 

Posted on: 7 May 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


Important update to members of the RD&E NHS Foundation Trust

 

In March, NHS England and Improvement contacted all Foundation Trusts to propose changes in order to reduce the burden of reporting and to free up senior capacity to prioritise the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In light of this direction and taking into account the need to focus on managing COVID-19, the Council of Governors proposed some temporary changes to the Constitution at an extraordinary meeting on the 9th April. The RD&E Board has subsequently approved the proposed changes to the Constitution to ensure business continuity, maintain good governance, and to pay heed to ongoing government guidance on social distancing and avoiding non-essential travel.

 

Posted on: 1 May 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


Leading the way in testing times

 

A new drive-through Covid-19 testing centre at the Exeter Chiefs’ home at Sandy Park will be able to test up to 12 patients and staff from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) every hour when it is at full capacity.


The facility, which is being operated on the RD&E’s behalf by healthcare charity Devon Freewheelers, is part of a network of testing capacity being developed. It will be vital in helping staff who are self-isolating or who have had Covid symptoms to return to work as quickly as possible. Devon Freewheeler volunteers will be swabbing people in the safety of their own cars, and then transporting the samples to the testing laboratories at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Tests will only be by appointment through referrals from the RD&E – the facility is not open to the public.

 

Posted on: 21 April 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


James Brent to remain Chairman of the RD&E and NDHT for a further year

 

In recognition of the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, following agreement with NHS England and NHS Improvement, James Brent has agreed to continue as Chairman of both the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) until June 2021.

 

The Council of Governors at the RD&E, which oversees appointments to the Board, together with NHSE, who oversee Board level appointments to non-Foundation NHS Trusts such as NDHT, agreed that the recruitment process underway to replace Mr Brent by June 2020 (the end of his already extended term) should be postponed.

 

Posted on: 17 April 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


RD&E extends the terms of office for three Non-Executive Directors

 

Three Non-Executive Directors at the Royal and Devon NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) have agreed to extend their terms of office.

 

The RD&E’s Council of Governors, which is responsible for approving the appointment of Non-Executive Directors at the Trust, decided that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it would ask two Non-Executive Directors to extend their terms to ensure continuity and stability during the current crisis.

 

Posted on: 17 April 2020 | Posted in: 2020 Jan-Jun


Thank you to our staff and local communities

 

The streets are lined with rainbows and #ThankYouNHS banners. Every Thursday, people clap in unison to say thank you to the country’s key workers.


Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust staff are humbled at the continued public outpouring of support.
As we continue to make our way through these challenging times, we would like to say thank you too.

 

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


Your NHS Is Here For You – Getting Help In An Emergency

 

NHS hospital teams across Devon are reassuring local people that emergency services are there for them if they are unwell and need help.


Doctors are concerned that some people who should be getting medical help for non-COVID-19 illnesses are staying away from hospital and not seeking help due to fears they might catch the virus.

 

Posted on: 16 April 2020 | 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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