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Trust launches £1.8million move to enhance staffing levels on NDDH wards

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A £1.8MILLION recruitment drive has been launched at North Devon District Hospital to increase staffing levels on wards to ensure they meet the highest standards of patient care and safety. [...]

Hip patients to benefit from Trust’s enhanced orthopaedic therapy service

MORE patients recovering from hip surgery will be able to return home sooner from hospital with the help of an enhanced therapy service from the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. [...]

Statement about Holsworthy Community Hospital

Joint statement from Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust [...]

Two-day temporary closure of walk-in centre in Sidwell Street, Exeter

The NHS walk-in centre in Sidwell Street, Exeter, will be temporarily closed on Wednesday 9 April and Thursday 10 April due to staff shortages at short notice. [...]

NDDH patients rate their hospital experience highly in national survey

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ADULT inpatients at North Devon District Hospital rated the quality of their care, treatment and experience highly, according to results published today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). [...]

Public Health England provides advice on the health effects of air pollution

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Public Health England provides advice to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on the health effects of air pollution. [...]

Keri wins national NHS leadership award for work to improve people’s health in Devon

KERI Storey collects her NHS Partnership/System Leader of the Year award at the ceremony in London.

A DEVON NHS leader has won a prestigious national award for her exceptional work to improve people’s health and wellbeing and help them get the care they need in or close to their home. [...]

Staff and patients move into new-look dementia centres after £135,000 revamp

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TWO award-winning centres for older people with dementia in East Devon were officially opened today following a £135,000 refurbishment. [...]

A&E department launches ‘supermarket-style’ patient feedback

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ALL patients who have received care in the A&E department at North Devon District Hospital now have the opportunity to provide immediate feedback about their experience. [...]

NDDH event to raise awareness of meningitis and devastating effects of disease

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AN awareness day is being held at North Devon District Hospital to give the public and staff a greater understanding of meningitis and the ongoing fight against the devastating disease. [...]

Donations in memory of Bill to benefit eye clinic at NDDH

PICTURED are (from left) Gemma Steele (fundraising assistant), Karen Nichols, Susan Eaton (Bill’s daughter), Jo Tripp, Michael Whitecross, Dorothy Blakemore (Bill’s wife), Achim Nestel (consultant ophthalmologist), Antony Socrates, Angie Walton and John Wade (rehabilitation officer with the visually impaired).

DONATIONS given in memory of a popular eye patient at North Devon District Hospital will go towards improving services and facilities for future users of the clinic he attended. [...]

Trust is highly commended in regional apprenticeship awards

PICTURED are (from left) Helen France (head of business development, National Apprenticeship Scheme), Tracey Gillard (clinical development facilitator), Soo Sims (clinical training lead) and Darryn Allcorn (interim director of workforce and organisational development).

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been highly commended for the success its apprenticeship programme, which continues to bring benefits for learners and the organisation. [...]

TV presenter opens new-look playroom on NDDH children’s ward

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THE playroom on the children’s ward at North Devon District Hospital has been transformed with colourful beach hut fun cupboards and a Punch and Judy reading corner. [...]

Trust awarded nearly £400,000 to buy Galaxy tablet computers for nursing staff on hospital wards

NURSING staff on hospital wards across the Trust will be given Samsung Galaxy tablets similar to but larger than the ComPAS tablet used here by Sara Holway, community nurse team manager in Cullompton.

THE everyday work of nurses and midwives on hospital wards is set to be revolutionised after the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust secured nearly £400,000 in national funding to equip frontline staff with modern hand-held computers to support the way they care for patients. [...]

New opening hours for Sidwell Street walk-in centre

The opening hours of the NHS walk-in centre in Sidwell Street, Exeter, are to be temporarily reduced from Monday 10 March, 2014. [...]

Staff rank Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust among the best Trusts in the NHS

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THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been ranked among the best NHS Trusts in the country by its own staff, according to the latest nationwide survey. [...]

Paul Lock Memorial Fund donates books to staff on children’s ward at NDDH

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MEDICAL and nursing staff on the children’s ward at North Devon District Hospital are benefitting from the donation of a number of reference books by a local charity. [...]

New-look ear, nose and throat service in North Devon

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THE ear, nose and throat (ENT) service in North Devon has a new-look team of senior doctors. [...]

Change in approach for sending letters to Trust patients about their care

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The NHS has committed to share with patients any letters sent between clinicians about their care. [...]

Model of care in Torrington is high quality and what patients want

The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) and the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) have published the data evaluation from the first eight weeks of the Torrington Community Cares pilot. [...]

Sainsbury’s South Molton donates toys to children’s ward at NDDH

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SAINSBURY’S South Molton has donated over £100 worth of toys to benefit children on Caroline Thorpe Ward at North Devon District Hospital. [...]

Turf-cutting ceremony marks beginning of building work on new chemotherapy unit

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AN official turf-cutting ceremony took place today (Tuesday 4 February) to mark the start of building work on the £2.2million new chemotherapy and day treatment unit at North Devon District Hospital. [...]

Have your say on how Trust can further improve health services

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The public are being encouraged to have their say on how the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust can further improve the services it provides. [...]

Health and wellbeing course helps cancer patients ‘move on’ after treatment

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Patients who are coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis or treatment are being supported to return to a near normal lifestyle by a new course offered by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. [...]

Jac Kelly to leave Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

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THE chairman of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust announced today that Jac Kelly will leave the NHS as a Chief Executive during April 2014. [...]

Trust backs campaign to help keep people well at home

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Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is backing a new campaign that encourages people to seek help early from their local pharmacist if they’re feeling under the weather. [...]

Better Information Means Better Care for locals: NHS contacts Devon households from next week

Leaflets explaining how the NHS uses patient information will begin landing on doormats across Devon from next week. [...]

Sidmouth day case unit to be refurbished

WORK will start next week on the refurbishment of the day case unit at Sidmouth Hospital. [...]

Torrington patients learn tai chi to boost mobility and balance

MEMBERS of the strength and balance class at Torrington Community Hospital get to grips with tai chi. Pictured are (from left) Karly Short (clinical support worker), Betty Fudge, Barbara Edmonds, Jan Collins (technical instructor), Margaret Burston, Janet Parlour and Mary Clark.

PATIENTS who attend strength and balances classes at Torrington Community Hospital are being taught tai chi to boost their mobility and reduce their chances of falling. [...]

Sidmouth hospital revamp continues with opening of new entrance

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A £1.2million redevelopment of Sidmouth Hospital took another step towards completion as its new entrance was formally opened. [...]

CQC reports “high level of satisfaction” among patients at North Devon District Hospital

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Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have concluded that North Devon District Hospital is meeting the four national standards on care and welfare of patients, staffing levels, support for staff and medical records. [...]

Number of missed appointments cut thanks to telephone reminder service

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THE number of people missing hospital appointments in North Devon continues to decrease thanks to a telephone reminder service for patients. [...]

Devon people urged to make New Year’s resolution to visit NHS healthy lifestyle clinic

THE Health Promotion Devon health trainer team are (from left) Pip Harmon, Akiko Brixey, Abenaa Assibey, Suzy Oakes, Katie Denning, Lisa Morison and Vicki Banks.

PEOPLE in Devon who want to get fit, lose weight or stop smoking in 2014 are being encouraged to make a New Year’s resolution to visit their local NHS healthy lifestyle clinic. [...]

Staff collect Excellence in Leadership Awards

PICTURED at the awards ceremony are (back row, from left) David Williams, Sue Campling, Stuart Lloyd, Sarah King, Liz Bendle, Mel Pedlar, Nicola Mitchell, non-executive director Pauline Geen, April Brooks, Carly Huish, Hannah Blaney, Darren West, Vicki Barnes, Quita Chugg, Abbie Elliott, Nicki Carrington and Andy Martin; and (front) Gillian Taylor, Naomi Hooker, tutor Stephanie Thompson, Tracey Morrish, Lisa Jackson and David Stephenson. Also achieving the award were Mickie Dicks, Sarah Garnsworthy, Rob Stradling, Clare White, Julie Thompson, Frances Charlton and Sarah Winfield-Davies. (CLICK ON PHOTO FOR LARGER VERSION)

TRUST staff who completed the 2013 Excellence in Leadership Awards collected their accolades at a celebration ceremony at North Devon District Hospital. [...]

NDDH nurse helps to shape care nationally for diabetes patients

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Guidelines developed by a diabetes nurse at North Devon District Hospital are being used at a national level to improve the care of patients. [...]

Starlight pantomime brings Christmas cheer to young patients at NDDH

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Christmas can be a particularly gloomy time for poorly children undergoing treatment in hospital. But a visit from Starlight’s popular Christmas pantomime brought a dose of festive fun and laughter to young patients at North Devon District Hospital on Saturday. [...]

New services to be offered from Torrington Community Hospital

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In the second phase of the six-month trial of home-based care in Torrington, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (Trust) and Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are planning to extend existing services and have launched new services to run from the community hospital. [...]

A&E revamp aimed at improving experience of patients at NDDH

STAFF nurse Cristina Ruiz Gutierrez is pictured next to the new pedestrian entrance to the A&E department.

THE A&E department at North Devon District Hospital has undergone a £70,000 refurbishment aimed at improving the experience of patients. [...]

Trust appoints Morgan Sindall to build new chemotherapy unit – but the fundraising continues

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MORGAN Sindall has been appointed to build the new chemotherapy and day treatment unit at North Devon District Hospital. [...]

Sarah earns medicines management title

THE cluster pharmacy team in Exeter are (from left) Gillie Smith (medicines management technician), Kate Emblin (cluster pharmacist), Sarah Evans (medicines management technician), Ian Nash (cluster pharmacist) and Sara Dilks (cluster pharmacist).

SARAH Evans has become the first community-based pharmacy technician in the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust to achieve the South West Medicines Management accreditation. [...]

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