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Opening hours of Sidmouth minor injury unit to be temporarily reduced due to staffing difficulties

DUE to staffing difficulties, the opening hours of the minor injury unit (MIU) at Sidmouth Hospital are to be temporarily reduced from Monday 1 June. […]

Trust physiotherapist to compete for Great Britain in World Dragon Boat Racing Championships

AN NHS physiotherapist from East Devon has been selected to compete for Great Britain in the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Canada – just two years after taking up the sport. […]

Tim and Nick reappointed as non-executive directors on Trust board

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is pleased to confirm the reappointment to the board of Tim Douglas-Riley CBE and Nick Lewis MBE as non-executive directors. […]

NDDH bus passengers discover benefits of taking part in health research

Passengers on board the park and ride bus service to North Devon District Hospital discovered the benefits of taking part in health research this week. […]

Trust to launch falls clinics at Moretonhampstead Hospital

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THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is to run monthly falls clinics at Moretonhampstead Hospital, starting in October. […]

NHS Trust – in conjunction with Axminster League of Friends and Action Group – plans to reopen inpatient beds at Axminster Community Hospital in July 2015

NHS Trust – in conjunction with Axminster League of Friends and Action Group – plans to reopen inpatient beds at Axminster Community Hospital in July 2015

THE Joint Action Team made up of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and members of the Axminster community has announced today that, following an intensive recruitment campaign, enough nurses have been recruited to reopen 16 inpatient beds at Axminster Community Hospital. […]

Maintaining a healthy heart is focus for May wellbeing drop-in session in Moretonhampstead

Maintaining a healthy heart is focus for May wellbeing drop-in session in Moretonhampstead

MAINTAINING a healthy heart and recovery after heart surgery will be the theme for the wellbeing drop-in session at Moretonhampstead Hospital on Thursday 21 May (10am to 1pm). […]

Trust continues nurse recruitment drive with open day in Okehampton

Trust continues nurse recruitment drive with open day in Okehampton

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is stepping up its nurse recruitment drive by holding an open day in Okehampton. The Trust has already […]

International Clinic Trials Day

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Trust and two of its apprentices enjoy success in regional awards

DARRYN Allcorn, director of workforce and development, Tracey Gillard (second right), clinical development facilitator, and Gail Richards (right), engaging the young workforce lead, collect the Trust’s award from Fiona Parsons, apprenticeship lead at South West Water.

DARRYN Allcorn, director of workforce and development, Tracey Gillard (second right), clinical development facilitator, and Gail Richards (right), engaging the young workforce lead, collect the […]

Starlight Storytellers Tour to bring cheer to young patients at NDDH

STARLIGHT Children’s Foundation will bring a big dose of sunshine to poorly children at North Devon District Hospital when its Storytellers Tour pays a visit […]

Kay retires after 20 years working at Okehampton Hospital

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A MUCH-LOVED and respected staff member has retired after 20 years working at Okehampton Hospital. Kay Cunliffe started working in the NHS in 1979 and […]

Diabetes is focus for April wellbeing drop-in session in Moretonhampstead

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DIABETES will be the theme for the next wellbeing drop-in session at Moretonhampstead Hospital, which takes place from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday 28 April. […]

Trust community hospitals raise over £400 for British Heart Foundation

Trust community hospitals raise over £400 for British Heart Foundation

STAFF at three community hospitals run by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust raised more than £400 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by taking part in the charity’s Wear it. Beat it. campaign. […]

Trust finishes runner-up in national patient experience awards

Trust finishes runner-up in national patient experience awards

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust finished runner-up at a national awards ceremony for its work to resolve complaints at the earliest possible stage. […]

Trust aims to continue nurse open day success with event in Sidmouth

Trust aims to continue nurse open day success with event in Sidmouth

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is hoping the success of its nurse recruitment open days continues when it holds its latest event in Sidmouth later this month. […]

First patients praise new chemotherapy and day treatment unit at NDDH

First patients praise new chemotherapy and day treatment unit at NDDH

The first patients to use the £2.2million chemotherapy and day treatment unit at North Devon District Hospital say they are impressed with the new centre. […]

Trust to host three events to give local people an update on Tyrrell Hospital

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The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is hosting a series of events in April and May to give local people an update on Tyrrell Hospital in Ilfracombe. […]

Open response from Alison Diamond, Chief Executive of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, regarding claims that the NHS in North Devon is in crisis

It is really important that local residents have confidence in their local NHS and I am writing this open letter to ensure everyone is aware of the high performing, excellent NHS services on your doorstep and explain how we are dealing with increased demand for our services amid the national nursing shortages. […]

Trust thanks North Devon for “incredible” support as £2.2million chemotherapy unit opens to patients

JAMES Bonetta (chairman of the North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust) presents a cheque for £300,000 to the hospital on Thursday, taking the charity’s total contribution to £700,000. Also pictured are (from left) Ian Roome (fundraising manager), Andrew Spear (project manager for Morgan Sindall), David Wilson (architect and director of David Wilson Partnership), Phil Humphrey (capital building officer), Rae Reynolds (operational capital manager), Charlotte Overney (lead cancer nurse) and Julie Whitton (fundraising officer).

NORTH Devon’s £2.2million new chemotherapy and day treatment unit opens to patients today (Monday 30 March). The Seamoor Unit, a state-of-the-art centre at North Devon […]

Electronic healthcare records coming to community and hospital services across north and east Devon

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust today announced its preferred supplier for an electronic health record to support all community services, including community nursing teams across north, east and mid Devon. […]

Nurse recruitment drive boosted by successful open day at Tiverton

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A NURSE recruitment drive by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust continues to bear fruit. […]

Final plans to transform Budleigh Salterton Hospital into a health and wellbeing hub are approved

Dr David Evans (left), chairman of the League of Friends, celebrates the announcement with Andy Ibbs, commercial director of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

Final plans to transform Budleigh Salterton Hospital into a health and wellbeing hub for the local community have been given the go-ahead. […]

New therapies and clinics launching at Moretonhampstead Hospital

Members of the local planning group for the development of Moretonhampstead Hospital heard from local NHS staff last month about a range of new services and clinics launching at the Hospital in the near future. […]

Trust holds successful open day as part of recruitment drive for nursing and therapy staff

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A TOTAL of 54 people attended a recruitment open day at North Devon District Hospital on Monday 16 March. […]

Government Minister Norman Lamb praises Trust staff and services following visit to NDDH

Government Minister Norman Lamb praises Trust staff and services following visit to NDDH

NORMAN Lamb, the Minister of State for Care and Support, praised staff and services at North Devon District Hospital following his visit this week. […]

Purpose-built dementia ward opens at North Devon District Hospital

Purpose-built dementia ward opens at North Devon District Hospital

ONE of the first purpose-built dementia wards at an acute hospital in the UK has opened in North Devon. […]

Notice of Trust Board Meetings 2015-16

MEETINGS OF THE TRUST BOARD OF NORTHERN DEVON HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 26 May 2015 at North Devon District Hospital 28 July 2015 at Exeter International […]

Care Academy partnership selected as a beacon of best practice – and given £52,000 to build on success

STAFF and students behind the success of the Care Academy are pictured at Petroc. They are (from left) Kevin Hazell (head of school of health, fitness and supported learning), Rita Sampson (L3 lead for health and social care, Petroc), Chelsea Patten, Chloe Mundell, Amy Souster and Christopher Jackson-Smith (students), Emily Giles (Care Academy student rep), students Shannon Paton and Catherine Way, Darryn Allcorn (director of workforce and development for the Trust) and Shaun Kershaw (Care Academy co-ordinator, Petroc).

AN innovative partnership which enables students at Petroc to undertake a six-month work placement at North Devon District Hospital has been selected as a beacon of best practice for others to follow – and awarded more than £50,000 to build on its early success. […]

Coffee and cake morning at Torrington Hospital

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THE team at Torrington Hospital held a coffee and cake morning to raise money for the Chemotherapy Appeal and Over and Above, the charity of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. […]

Betty and Anne retire after more than 50 years’ combined service at Budleigh Salterton Hospital

TWO volunteers have retired after more than 50 years’ combined service at Budleigh Salterton Hospital.

Betty Downing and Anne Bentley assisted in the hospital’s day unit for 28 and 26 years respectively.

Staff organised a tea party to mark their retirement.

Di Walker, matron, said: “Their dedication to the day unit has been truly amazing and we can always depend on them to turn up, whatever the weather!

“They have been a huge help to the nursing team by organising games and activities, and kept us all entertained with their stories, banter and fun-loving spirit.

“Budleigh Salterton Day Unit will miss Betty and Anne, and we would like to wish them both a very happy retirement.”

TWO volunteers have retired after more than 50 years’ combined service at Budleigh Salterton Hospital. […]

Trust gains national recognition for use of high-tech eRoster system to ensure safe staffing levels

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THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust was highly commended at a national awards ceremony for its use of a high-tech electronic system to ensure safe staffing levels. […]

Trust joins international campaign to raise awareness of lymphoedema

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THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has joined an international campaign to raise awareness of lymphoedema, a long-term condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues and can occur as a result of cancer treatments. […]

Trust in line for national award for commitment to resolving complaints at earliest possible stage

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THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been shortlisted for a national award for its commitment to delivering excellent patient experience. […]

Trust supports ground-breaking new national service that empowers public to take part in vital dementia research

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Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is supporting a new nationwide online and telephone service that helps people in the South West of England to take part in dementia research studies. […]

Trust supports people with mental health issues to quit smoking

SUE Moger (left), occupational therapist at the Russell Clinic, and Sarah Leggatt, stop smoking assistant practitioner for Health Promotion Devon, have been working together on the project.

ON Wednesday 11 March, the British Heart Foundation’s No Smoking Day returns for its 32nd year. […]

Have your say on how Trust can further improve quality of patient care

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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 quality of care it […]

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust ranked fourth best in England in latest survey of NHS staff

Dr Alison Diamond, Chief Executive

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

Fire service to attend wellbeing drop-in session in Moretonhampstead

WELCOMING people to the next wellbeing drop-in session in Moretonhampstead are (back row, from left) Hilary Taylor (lead occupational therapist), Emily Woodgate (physiotherapist), Jenny Berg (occupational therapist) and Teresa Sanderson (community nurse); and (front) Michele Baxendale-Nichols (community nurse manager) and Nigel Biernacki (community matron).

DEVON and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service will have a stand at the next wellbeing drop-in session at Moretonhampstead Hospital on Thursday 12 March (10am to 1pm). […]

Trust welcomes new non-executive director and confirms two reappointments

Robert Down, Roger French & Pauline Geen

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Robert Down as a non-executive director. […]

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