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


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


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


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

Trust nurse plays key role in national project aimed at improving multiple sclerosis services


A SPECIALIST nurse from the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is playing a key role in a national project aimed at evaluating and improving services for people with multiple sclerosis. [...]

North Devon NHS Boards confirm an extension to patients to comment on Torrington test of change

The NHS in North Devon wants to take more time to hear from local people about the Torrington Community Cares test of change and to complete some final actions before the Boards make a decision. [...]

Trust and CCG link up to provide new pathology requesting system for GPs in Northern Devon


Patients are to benefit from a new electronic ordering system for pathology tests at North Devon District Hospital, which will enhance and speed up the process for GP practices making requests. [...]

Garden party to raise money for dementia centres at Axminster hospital

Staff from the Conybeare and Willow centres are ready to welcome visitors to the garden party at Axminster Community Hospital. Pictured are (from left) support workers David Willmott, Jeanette Ward and Patsy Westworth, registered nurse Suzie Edwards, team leader Gaynor Appleby and support worker Sam Over.

Local people are being invited to a garden party at Axminster Community Hospital on Saturday 2 August. [...]

Trust nurse organises successful Parkinson’s Conference

Pictured are (from left) Glen Harper (care of the elderly consultant, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust), Lynn Gill (Parkinson’s specialist nurse, NDHT), Dr Michael van Buren (consultant psychiatrist, Devon Partnership NHS Trust) and Dr Iftikhar Rasool (consultant, NDHT).

More than 80 health professionals attended a Parkinson’s Conference organised by a North Devon nurse. [...]

Trust stroke therapy specialist to speak at national event


Emma Cork, the Trust’s neuro-rehabilitation service lead, has been confirmed as a guest speaker at a national event in Manchester in the autumn. [...]

Onward Care Service holds falls awareness event in Exeter


Staff from the Onward Care Service in Exeter organised an event to raise public awareness of falls and how to reduce the risk of falling. [...]

Trust physiotherapist named as national head coach for junior sailing


A PHYSIOTHERAPIST from the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been appointed as a national head coach by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). [...]

More patients could benefit from ‘Support at Home’ service

A photograph is available for media of Mrs Renate Eglestaff who received the Support At Home service from British Red Cross volunteer Sue Oake after a referral from North Devon District Hospital as part of her rehabilitation.

North Devon residents who need help with practical tasks and a bit of company to keep them happier and healthier in their own homes are being encouraged to take up a special service just for them. [...]

Tyrrell MIU to be temporarily closed for two days

Due to staff sickness, the minor injury unit at Tyrrell Hospital in Ilfracombe will be temporarily closed on Wednesday 9 July and Thursday 10 July. [...]

Young people with learning disabilities collect awards after completing new on-the-job training scheme at NDDH


The achievements of young people with learning disabilities who have completed a new on-the-job training scheme at North Devon District Hospital were celebrated at an awards ceremony on Wednesday (2 July). [...]

Ultrasound clinics launched at Torrington Community Hospital


Up to 20 patients a week avoid trip to NDDH THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is launching a new ultrasound service to be delivered from Torrington Community Hospital from 15 July 2014. [...]

Cardiac rehabilitation group buys new gym equipment for patients at NDDH


Patients at North Devon District Hospital are being assisted in their recovery and rehabilitation thanks to the introduction of four new exercise bikes in the physiotherapy gym. [...]

Trust hosts Independent Living Day to assist patients with muscle and nerve conditions


Patients with muscle and nerve conditions attended an event in Exeter to find out more about the practical aspects of living with such a problem and how they could become more independent. [...]

Trust visits Barnstaple High Street to encourage local people to join Organ Donor Register


Staff from the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust are taking to Barnstaple town centre to encourage more local people to join the Organ Donor Register. [...]

Physiotherapists in Tiverton help to raise awareness of falls and how to prevent them


NHS physiotherapists have been raising awareness of falls and how to prevent them among older people in Tiverton. [...]

Trust appoints Lesley Crawford as non-executive director


Lesley Crawford has been appointed as a non-executive director of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. [...]

New car service for cancer patients in Northern Devon

Pictured are (from left) NDCCCT chairman James Bonetta, Go North Devon drivers Trevor Gayton and John Bushnell, Mary Bragg from the chemotherapy unit and Go North Devon drivers Jan Lewis and Matt Rookes.

A new door-to-door trial service for cancer patients who need to travel to North Devon District Hospital for oncology or chemotherapy treatment and who would struggle to get there was launched last week. [...]

People in Holsworthy area invited to join new cancer support group


People in the Holsworthy area who have been affected by cancer are being invited to join a new support group. [...]

Chief Inspector of Hospitals asks people to tell him about the care provided by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

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England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals is inviting members of the public to tell his inspection panel what they think of the services provided by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. [...]

NDDH doctor brushes up on his military skills


As if the role of a doctor at North Devon District Hospital was not demanding enough, Andy McMaster jumped at the chance to start a second ‘career’ – as a Captain in the Army Reserve. [...]

Trust trains more Ottery St Mary students to become Dementia Friends


Nearly 50 caring students from The King’s School in Ottery St Mary have signed up to become Dementia Friends as part of a national campaign [...]

Public invited to open day at Ottery St Mary Hospital


Local people can find out more about Ottery St Mary Hospital and how they can assist as a volunteer at an open day next week. [...]

Patients and staff at NDDH commemorate 70th anniversary of D-Day landings


Staff and patients on Alex Ward at North Devon District Hospital held a ‘street party’ on Friday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. [...]

Public find out more about clinical research at NDDH event

Members of the Trust’s research and development team are pictured next to their stand at NDDH. They are (standing, from left) Sam Ley (research administrator), Lynsey Kightly (acting deputy research and development manager), Linda Henderson (research and development manager), Dr Roope Manhas (director of research and development), Chloe Peters (research and development administrator) and clinical research nurses Amanda Skinner, Helen Black, Geraldine Belcher and Nathan Vernon; and (sitting) clinical research nurses Fi Thomas and Lynne van Koutrik.

The public were able to find out more about clinical research and how they can get involved locally at an event at North Devon District Hospital. [...]

Healthcare staff from Sweden visit North Devon to learn about local NHS successes


Staff from a health centre in Sweden visited North Devon to learn more about the success of the local NHS in integrating care, treating people in their own homes and preventing unnecessary admissions to hospital. [...]

NDDH event gives public chance to find out more about clinical research

One team member will be dressed as James Lind, the Scottish physician who conducted the first recognised clinical trial in 1747 and developed the theory that citrus fruits cured scurvy. [...]

Trust staff member invited to be judge for prestigious national awards


A STAFF member behind the success of the stroke therapy team at North Devon District Hospital has been invited to join the judging panel of the prestigious Patient Safety and Care Awards. [...]

Trust in line for prestigious national award for dedication to patient safety and care

Members of the Trust’s patient safety, resuscitation and workforce development teams celebrate their shortlisting for the Patient Safety and Care Awards. They are (from left) Darryn Allcorn (interim director of workforce and organisational development), Karen Fasey (patient safety officer), Michelle Cobby (resuscitation services manager), Sarah James (head of quality and quality) and Sally James (clinical development facilitator).

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is in line for a prestigious national award for its work to promote the highest standards of patient safety and care. [...]

New Macmillan cancer nurse for North Devon


MACMILLAN Cancer Support is funding a new chemotherapy day unit manager at North Devon District Hospital. [...]

Chris says he has “got his life back” thanks to new stop smoking clinic in Crediton

Chris Barratt is pictured with Lucy Drury, specialist stop smoking adviser in Crediton.

A MID Devon man who is trying to give up smoking says he has “got his life back” thanks to the support he has received at a new NHS quit clinic in Crediton. [...]

Trust tells patients and carers it’s ‘OK to Ask’ about clinical research


The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is backing a campaign which aims to encourage patients and their carers to ask their doctor or consultant about clinical research, and whether it might be right for them or their loved one. [...]

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

The orthopaedic therapy team at NDDH, which is soon to be expanded, comprises (back row, from left) Alex Beer (specialist occupational therapist – OT), Hannah Teuchmann (therapy clinical support worker – CSW), Nick McGuirk (therapy team lead for orthopaedics), Mika Clayton (service lead for inpatient physiotherapy and OT) and Dave Holmes (specialist physiotherapist) and (front) Emily Mace (rotational physiotherapist), Nicky Dayman (therapy CSW), Penny Palmer (OT advanced practitioner), Lisa Golledge (therapy CSW) and Beth Lane (therapy CSW). Not pictured: Ashley McClean (therapy CSW) and Jack Laverty (therapy CSW).

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. [...]

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