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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. [...]

Trust sexual health staff give out free condoms and carry out blood tests at Exeter festival

Pictured are (from left) Helen Jackson (sexual health nurse at The Eddystone Trust), Abbey Eboigbe (sexual health nurse), Fiona Stonham (senior sexual health adviser), Maggie Rice (sexual health nurse) and Alan Crabbe (LGBT outreach worker).

Sexual health staff from the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust played their part in Exeter Pride, an annual festival aimed at the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. [...]

Nursing time well invested in patient safety and skin health

A community nursing team has achieved a dramatic reduction in the number of patients in Cullompton developing severe pressure sores. [...]

Trust health specialist meets Princess Anne during North Devon visit

A NORTH Devon health improvement specialist was invited to meet Princess Anne yesterday (Tuesday 6 May) in recognition of the impact she and her team have made to enhance the lives of disadvantaged young people in Barnstaple and aid their transition into work. [...]

Female patients benefit from £18,000 new screen at NDDH

HOSPITAL staff and members of the League of Friends are pictured with the £18,000 device in the Petter Day Treatment Unit.

FEMALE patients at North Devon District Hospital are now able to better understand their condition by watching an £18,000 new screen donated by the League of Friends. [...]

Health and wellbeing course helps cancer patients ‘move on’ after treatment

KAREN Day (left) and Charlotte Overney are inviting North Devon cancer patients to join the Moving On course to aid their rehabilitation.

PATIENTS who are coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis or treatment are being supported to return to a near normal lifestyle by a new course offered by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. [...]

Grandson of Trust patient completes cycle ride to raise awareness of COPD

HARRISON Palmer prepares to start his cycle ride from NDDH, watched by his grandfather Chris Axford and respiratory nurse specialist Lesley Parsons.

THE grandson of a Northern Devon patient with breathing difficulties has completed a 30-mile cycle ride to raise awareness of the condition and money for the British Lung Foundation. [...]

North Devon NHS scoops prestigious national award for improving patient care and environmental sustainability


The NHS in North Devon has won a prestigious NHS sustainability award for clinical work that involved making changes to the way simple infections are investigated and managed. [...]

Kevin Marsh appointed Trust’s director of nursing


THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Kevin Marsh as director of nursing. [...]

Public urged to ‘make a difference’ over cancer services in Northern Devon


A GROUP set up to influence and help develop high-quality cancer care in Northern Devon is on the lookout for more members to join and make a difference. [...]

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