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New NHS app for Devon and Cornwall will help people spend less time waiting for health services

People across Devon (including Plymouth) and Cornwall can now download a free app which gives them information about waiting and travel times for their […]

Children’s and young people’s services at NDHT among the best in England, says national survey

Patients have rated Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust’s services for children and young people very highly in the latest national Care Quality Commission (CQC) survey, […]

Children’s ward at NDDH welcomes Starlight’s Christmas panto

Christmas cheer came to North Devon District Hospital last Saturday (2 December), thanks to the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s pop-up pantomime. Four professional actors visited Caroline […]

Dr Alison Diamond to retire from Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

  The chief executive of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, Dr Alison Diamond, has announced that she will retire at the end of March 2018. […]

Honey’s Bravery Bags visits Caroline Thorpe Ward

The founder of the charity Honey’s Bravery Bags, Grace Brown, and her daughter Honey visited Caroline Thorpe Ward last week to give tins of sweets […]

Devon’s first ever health and social care apprentices start work

Three young people started integrated health and social care apprenticeships in October – the first in Devon. Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Devon County […]

Helping patients find the right service this winter

As Devon’s GP practices prepare for a busy winter, health professionals are advising people to choose the right service for their problem. The NHS 111 […]

Give HIV the finger in Exeter and Barnstaple for National HIV Testing Week 2017

The sexual health teams at The Centre in Exeter and Barnstaple, part of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT), are taking part in National HIV […]

North Devon’s health app pioneers exhibit at national conference highlighting innovative projects

An award-winning website developed by the stroke and neuro rehab team at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is on show at a national conference this […]

Norovirus: Trust asks for support from patients and public

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is asking for support from patients, their friends and families, and the local community following confirmed cases of norovirus at […]

Baby Loss Remembrance Service in Braunton this weekend

North Devon’s annual Baby Loss Remembrance Service will be held on Sunday 29 October at St Brannock’s Church, Braunton, starting at 3pm. This service will […]

NDHT could be the provider trust of the year

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been shortlisted for provider trust of the year in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards 2017. This is the […]

Nurses invited to recruitment open day at NDDH

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is holding an open day on Wednesday 25 October as part of a campaign to recruit more nurses. The […]

Local NHS staff encourage patients to talk about their medicines

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust’s pharmacy team and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust have launched a campaign to help get medicines right for […]

Holsworthy Hospital stakeholder group

This article is an update following the announcement in March from the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHT) to temporarily close the inpatient beds at Holsworthy […]

Trust goes live with electronic health record

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has introduced an electronic health record (EHR). The new system, called TrakCare, launched in April, and is being used across […]

Trust welcomes new non-executive director

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is delighted to announce that Judy Jones has joined the Trust Board as a non-executive director, following confirmation from NHS […]

Health and wellbeing course for people with a possible life-limiting illness to start at Holsworthy Hospital

A six-week health and wellbeing course for people with a possible life-limiting illness is starting at Holsworthy Hospital in October. The course will be held […]

Update from Holsworthy stakeholder group

Following the announcement in July of the formation of a stakeholder group to review the requirements to reopen the inpatient beds at Holsworthy Community Hospital, […]

Phone lines for North Devon District Hospital will be down this evening

The Trust has been notified that BT will be doing urgent works to the phone and data lines coming into and out of North Devon […]

Watch our new film: Are you in shape for surgery?

Surgery puts stress on your body, so the healthier you are, the better you’ll handle it. Dr Alex Degan, GP at Mid Devon Medical Practice, […]

North Devon nurses support appeal for families to have a lifesaving talk during Organ Donation Week

Nurses from Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust are proudly supporting Organ Donation Week. On Saturday, nursing staff were in Green Lanes Shopping Centre in Barnstaple […]

Parents of poorly children benefit from refurbishment at NDDH

The parents’ room at North Devon District Hospital was recently refurbished thanks to the phenomenal fundraising efforts of Care for Kids North Devon. The parents‘ […]

Make the right choice to stay well and keep the emergency department free for emergencies this bank holiday

Doctors in Devon have issued useful advice on staying well over the bank holiday weekend as well as guidance on choosing the right service if […]

Trust shortlisted for improving patient care through staff engagement

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been shortlisted in the Excellence in Public Service HR category of the Personnel Today Awards. This category recognises new […]

Trust invites staff and public to celebrate fantastic year at AGM

Staff and members of the public are invited to come along to Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust’s annual general meeting (AGM) to celebrate what has […]

Glossop Ward shortlisted for national teamwork award

The Trust’s Glossop Ward team has been shortlisted for team of the year in the Nursing Times Awards 2017. The prestigious national health sector award […]

New ultrasound service at Tyrrell Hospital thanks to League of Friends fundraising

A new ultrasound service launched at the Tyrrell Hospital in Ilfracombe recently thanks to a generous donation from the hospital’s League of Friends. The League […]

Trust staff welcome Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt

Staff at North Devon District Hospital welcomed the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, yesterday afternoon (2 August). The visit was a chance for […]

A pioneering new healthcare role: Devon’s nursing associate trainees start work

Dozens of trainees have started an exciting new pilot programme in hospitals and care homes across Devon, training in a new role to become nursing […]

Project SEARCH graduates celebrate their hard work and success

The fourth cohort of Project SEARCH interns have graduated at a ceremony at the Taw Restaurant at Petroc College. The event was a time to […]

The North Devon Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal

Over and Above, the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust charity, has launched a £1.5 million fundraising appeal to build a new centre to support people […]

Trust confirms board reappointment

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has confirmed the reappointment of Dr Tim Douglas-Riley to the board. He has been reappointed as a non-executive director for […]

Holsworthy stakeholder group launched

A stakeholder group which was set up in response to the temporary closure of inpatient beds at Holsworthy Hospital had its first meeting on Tuesday […]

Children and young people – Help us to improve services across Devon

Have your say – 13 July–15 September 2017 The contracts to provide services for children and young people in Devon are due to be […]

£3.3 million to improve Devon’s emergency departments

The NHS in Devon has received more than £3.3 million in Government funding to improve its emergency departments. The money is part of a £100 […]

National recognition for team behind pioneering website

The team behind the mytherappy website has won an award from the Academy of Fab NHS Stuff, which celebrates best practice and innovation happening across […]

NHS England survey on urgent dental care in the South West

Have you used the NHS urgent dental service in the South West? If so, NHS England would like to hear from you so improvements can […]

Acute services review recommends closer working between hospitals to improve services

Clinicians in Devon today announced the results of a review into how some hospital services could be provided more effectively in future. Local doctors, […]

Hot weather is here – think how it will affect you

PHE is urging people to take extra care in this spell of warm weather as the Met Office has confirmed that Hot Weather Alerts have […]

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