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Please see below the press releases published by this Trust.

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Email: ndht.contactus@nhs.net

Telephone: In office hours, the phone number is 01271 349 168. Out of office hours, please contact switchboard on 01271 322 577 who will direct you to the communications officer on call.

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust appoints new medical director

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of George Thomson as its new medical director. [...]

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust appoints new director of operations

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The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Rob Sainsbury as its new director of operations. [...]

Baby Loss Remembrance Service to take place in Barnstaple on 2 November

NORTH Devon’s annual Baby Loss Remembrance Service will be held at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Barnstaple on Sunday 2 November (3pm). [...]

Drop-in sessions at Axminster Hospital

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The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust provides community healthcare services at Axminster and Seaton community hospitals. In order to provide a more resilient and safe inpatient service, the Trust is temporarily transferring inpatient beds at Axminster to Seaton. This will create one 18-bed inpatient service for the whole area. [...]

New recovery area for endoscopy patients is opened at NDDH

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PATIENTS undergoing an endoscopy at North Devon District Hospital can enjoy greater privacy and an enhanced environment thanks to the opening of a new recovery area. [...]

Safer staffing in Axminster and Seaton: Ensuring we deliver safe, high-quality care to our patients

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has announced today that it is to temporarily transfer inpatient services at Axminster to Seaton over winter. [...]

Over 170 smokers sign up to quit at Stoptober roadshow in Exeter

DENISE Veen, specialist stop smoking adviser for Health Promotion Devon, is pictured with the Comedy Fitness Brothers at the Stoptober event in Exeter.

MORE than 170 smokers pledged to quit the habit when the national Stoptober roadshow visited Exeter. [...]

Drop-in sessions at Crediton Hospital

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust provides Community Health and Social Care Services in and around Crediton. We are running a series of drop-in sessions for members of the public to attend and ask questions about the upcoming temporary changes at the Crediton Hospital. [...]

Stoptober’s Exeter roadshow encourages smokers to swap fags for gags

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ENTERTAINMENT act The Comedy Fitness Brothers will be part of the nationwide Stoptober roadshow in Exeter on Friday 10 October (10.30am to 4.30pm), to mark the return of the nation’s biggest mass quit smoking attempt. [...]

Physiotherapist to talk about success of Trust service at national conference

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A MEMBER of the award-winning stroke therapy team from the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is to give a presentation about the success of the service at a national conference this weekend. [...]

Special care baby unit at NDDH boosted by donation from golfers at Portmore

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GOLFERS at Portmore, near Barnstaple, have raised £1,000 for the special care baby unit (SCBU) at North Devon District Hospital. [...]

Trust to centralise community stroke rehabilitation services in Ottery St Mary

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) has today announced plans to centralise community stroke services in Ottery St Mary Hospital from November 2014. [...]

Trust stroke therapy specialists to speak at national event

TWO stroke therapy specialists from the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust will be guest speakers at a national event on Thursday 9 October. Emma Cork, [...]

Public to play lead role in naming of North Devon’s new chemotherapy unit

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THE public will play a lead role in the naming of North Devon’s £2.2million chemotherapy and day treatment unit. With building work on track for [...]

North Devon diabetes nurses raise awareness of hypoglycaemia

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Hypo Awareness Week 2014, supported by Diabetes UK, takes place from 29 September to 5 October. [...]

Trust continues to engage with Ilfracombe community over temporary closure of inpatient service

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust continues to engage with the Ilfracombe community over its decision to temporarily close inpatient services at Tyrrell Hospital from 1 November 2014. [...]

Trust and Devon County Council urge smokers to try to quit for Stoptober

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THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Devon County Council are urging smokers to try to give up the habit by taking on the national Stoptober challenge. [...]

Trust scoops national award for outstanding efficiency and improvement in developing community services

PICTURED at the ceremony in London are (from left) Hal Cruttenden (comedian), Kerry Burton (Care Closer to Home commissioning lead for the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group), Debbie Groves (assistant practitioner), Emma Cork (stroke therapy team lead) and an awards presenter.

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has won a national award for outstanding efficiency and improvement in developing community services. [...]

Do you live with a long-term health condition?

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Healthwatch Devon want to hear from people living with long-term conditions to find out what they really think about the support they get from local health services in Devon. [...]

Local farmer urges smokers to go smokefree this Stoptober after quitting with the Devon Stop Smoking Service

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Smokers across the South West are being encouraged to take the Stoptober Challenge and quit smoking for 28 days this October. [...]

Trust proud of services following CQC inspection and takes necessary actions to address small number of issues

Vast majority of services were rated as good and several areas were commended as showing outstanding practice [...]

Nurse to undertake 200-mile cycle challenge to benefit Barnstaple Leg Club

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A nurse from North Devon is taking part in a sponsored 200-mile cycle ride to raise money for Barnstaple’s Leg Club. [...]

Trust targets over-40s during Sexual Health Week

STAFF at The Centre are raising awareness among over-40s of the sexual health and contraceptive services they provide.

MEN and women aged over 40 are the target of a sexual health campaign launched by an NHS clinic in Exeter. [...]

Safer staffing: Ensuring we have enough nurses to deliver safe, high-quality care to our patients

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has announced today that it is to temporarily close inpatient services at two of its community hospitals – from the beginning of November 2014 – due to significant operational and safety issues. [...]

Public invited to Trust AGM next week

THE public are being invited to attend the annual general meeting of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. [...]

Guest speakers announced for Holsworthy cancer support group

GUEST speakers have been announced for the next two meetings of a cancer support group for people in the Holsworthy area. [...]

NHS Health Checks return to Exeter Livestock Centre following success of first event aimed at farmers

A PROJECT to encourage farmers in Devon to have a free NHS Health Check got off to a successful start in Exeter on Friday. The [...]

Trust consultant joins global mission to bring joy to children born with facial deformities

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A CONSULTANT at North Devon District Hospital is playing his part in a global mission to put a smile on the faces of children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other deformities. [...]

Local people invited to tour and talk at Moretonhampstead Hospital

People from Moretonhampstead and the surrounding area are being invited to visit their local hospital to find out more about services that will be provided there in the future. [...]

New visual aids assist library users with communication difficulties

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People with communication difficulties who use Barnstaple Library are now able to interact more effectively with staff thanks to the introduction of new visual aids at the Tuly Street venue. [...]

Trust’s response to CCG community services strategy

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is wholly supportive of the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s strategy to provide more care closer to home. [...]

Farmers in Devon encouraged to have a free NHS Health Check

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Farmers in Devon are being encouraged to have a free NHS Health Check to minimise their risk of developing common lifestyle-related conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, stroke and dementia. [...]

Can you or your organisation provide a health or social care service from Moretonhampstead?

The local NHS has invited organisations to submit expressions of interest if they feel they could provide a service from the Moretonhampstead Hospital Health and Social Care Hub. [...]

New waiting area for relatives of critically ill patients is opened at NDDH

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RELATIVES of critically ill patients at North Devon District Hospital can now wait in greater comfort and privacy following the opening of a new facility next to the intensive care unit (ICU). [...]

Trust takes latest step towards becoming fully accredited as ‘Baby Friendly’

Staff nurse Anne Tompkins (left) and midwife Jane Kirby celebrate the Trust’s achievement of Stage 2 in the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative.

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is now one step away from full accreditation as a ‘Baby Friendly’ Trust. [...]

Never quit quitting and visit your local NHS stop smoking clinic, says Ann

ANN Veit (centre) is pictured with her GP Dr Phil Taylor and specialist stop smoking adviser Lucy Drury.

A WOMAN who is trying to give up smoking after more than 50 years on cigarettes has called on other wannabe quitters in Devon to seek free specialist help from the NHS. [...]

Public invited to view Budleigh Hospital plans

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Provisional plans for the future development of Budleigh Salterton Hospital will be available for people to view at Budleigh Library until Friday 8 August. [...]

NDDH event raises awareness of dietitians and their work

The Trust’s dietetics team are (from left) Marie-Clare Oliver (dietitian), Ellie Williams (specialist diabetes dietitian), Eden Davies (specialist gastroenterology and nutrition support dietitian), Kathy Joyce (dietetic secretary), Emily Cruwys (specialist home enteral feeding dietitian), Claire Morgan (dietetic manager and specialist paediatric dietitian), Lindsey Cook (dietitian), Anne Doyle (dietitian) and Mike Titmus (specialist weight management and eating disorders dietitian).

Members of the dietetic team at the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust held an event to raise awareness of their work. [...]

Ottery minor injuries service to move temporarily to GP practice for two weeks

The minor injuries service at Ottery St Mary Hospital is to move temporarily to Coleridge Medical Centre for two weeks, starting on Monday 4 August. [...]

Trust shortlisted twice for national award for outstanding efficiency and improvement

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The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been shortlisted twice for a national award for its excellent use of resources to drive service improvements. [...]

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