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

PAUL Humphreys (pictured), capital engineering manager for the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, is very pleased with the sedum grass which has just been laid on the roof of the new chemotherapy and day treatment unit. The roof needs little maintenance and will provide better insulation and improved water retention as well as a habitat for wildlife. The new unit is being built to BREEAM standards. It will be highly insulated, well-lit and contain a highly efficient and finely controlled heating system driven by a heat pump which will provide savings on running costs.

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


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


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?


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. [...]

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust appoints new director of operations


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

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


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


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


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


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

Chukumeka and Steph

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


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. [...]

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