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Please see below the press releases published by this Trust.

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Email: ndht.contactus@nhs.net

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Community involvement making the difference to recruiting nurses in Axminster

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153 prospective employees have attended two recruitment days at Axminster and Seaton hospitals in February as work continues to re-open the inpatient beds at Axminster community hospital. […]

Richard wins award for work to improve care for children with diabetes in North Devon

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A SPECIALIST nurse at North Devon District Hospital has won an award for his dedication to enhancing care for children and young people with diabetes. […]

Trust joins international campaign to raise awareness of lymphoedema

The North Devon lymphoedema team are (from left) Laura Beer (clerical officer), Hayley Moore (lymphoedema clinical nurse specialist) and Georgina Martin (lymphoedema specialist practitioner).

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is joining an international campaign to raise awareness of lymphoedema, a long-term condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues and can occur as a result of cancer treatments. […]

Hydrotherapy pool at NDDH reopens after £25,000 upgrade

The hydrotherapy pool at North Devon District Hospital has reopened following a £25,000 refurbishment. […]

Trust appoints Darryn Allcorn as director of workforce and development

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THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is delighted to announce the permanent appointment of Darryn Allcorn as director of workforce and development. […]

Trust wins national award for success of online learning system for staff

REPRESENTATIVES from the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Kallidus celebrate their victory at the E-Learning Awards in London, alongside event host Angela Lamont (left).

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has beaten off competition from Sony Europe, Tesco Bank and Jurys Inn to win a national award for the success of its online learning management system (LMS) for staff. […]

Free NHS stop smoking and health trainer clinics open in Torrington

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LOCAL people can now take advantage of free NHS clinics in Torrington designed to help you stop smoking or improve your health and wellbeing in other ways. […]

Trust staff receive Excellence in Leadership Award

PICTURED at the awards ceremony in Exeter are (back row, from left) Jessica Guy, Jennifer Lobb, Sarah Jelf, Karen Jones, Nicola Brewer and Pauline Geen (non-executive director); and (front) Jenna Phillips, Stephanie Thompson (tutor) and Nick McGuirk. Also achieving the award were Lisa Pegg, Michael Redshaw and Freya Wright.

TEN members of staff from the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust have received an Excellence in Leadership Award. […]

Next wellbeing drop-in session in Moretonhampstead moved to March

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THE next wellbeing drop-in session at Moretonhampstead Hospital – scheduled to take place on Tuesday 24 February – has been moved to Thursday 12 March. […]

Clinical research in North Devon boosted by arrival of extra-cold freezers at NDDH

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MORE clinical research studies are set to be undertaken at North Devon District Hospital thanks to the arrival of two new extra-cold freezers. […]

Government funding approved for smarter working in our hospitals

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This week, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has received the approval for Government funding to implement a new electronic health record (EHR) which is fit for the future. […]

Trust holds education event to share best practice among North Devon care homes

SOME of the Trust’s North Devon care homes team are pictured at the event with presenters and managers of independent providers. They are (from left) Rebecca Young (nurse educator in Barnstaple), Bridget Tait (nurse educator in Torridge), Jonathan Plumb (senior health protection practitioner for Public Health England), Sarah Winfield-Davies (safeguarding adult nurse and nurse educator), Mel Hucker (lead nurse for tissue viability), Rae Vanstone (manager of Kenwith Castle Care Home in Abbotsham), Tess Mamaril (assistant manager of Silver Threads Care Home in Instow) and Lucy Bone (occupational therapist educator).

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust held its first ever Care Home Education Forum at the Civic Centre in Barnstaple. […]

Trust pledges support for ‘Hello My Name Is…’ campaign

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is supporting a national campaign to encourage NHS staff to introduce themselves to patients. […]

Recruitment open days to be held in February at Axminster and Seaton Community Hospitals

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust and the Axminster and Seaton Community Hospital Leagues of Friends are working together to hold recruitment open days at Axminster and Seaton Community Hospitals in February. […]

Trust holds open days in Barnstaple and Tiverton as part of recruitment drive for nursing and therapy staff

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THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is holding two open days in March as part of a recruitment drive to enhance its nursing and therapy teams, which care for people in hospitals and at home across half the county. […]

New strength and balance classes prove a hit with patients in Moretonhampstead

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STRENGTH and balance classes have been launched at Moretonhampstead Hospital and are already proving a hit with patients. […]

Inpatient services at Axminster will continue to be transferred to Seaton on a temporary basis, pending court hearing

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INPATIENT services at Axminster Community Hospital will continue to be transferred to Seaton on a temporary basis, after a temporary court order was suspended. […]

Trust to work with Axminster League of Friends over £300,000 offer to help recruit extra nurses to resolve staffing and patient safety issues

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The board of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has agreed to work with Axminster Hospital League of Friends over its £300,000 offer to help recruit extra nurses to resolve significant staffing and patient safety concerns. […]

Trust board shortlisted for South West leadership award

The board of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust was shortlisted for a regional leadership award. […]

Former Trust chief executive Jac Kelly awarded MBE in Queen’s New Year Honours

Jac Kelly, the former chief executive of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, has been awarded an MBE for services to healthcare in The Queen’s New Year Honours. […]

Patients urged not to delay urgent cancer appointments at NDDH throughout December and January

PEOPLE who have been urgently referred by their GP to see a specialist at North Devon District Hospital because they have symptoms that could indicate cancer are being urged not to delay their appointment throughout December and January. […]

Christmas Fair raises nearly £450 for dementia centres at Axminster Hospital

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AROUND 100 people attended a Christmas Fair at Axminster Hospital, which raised nearly £450 towards equipment for the Conybeare and Willow centres for older people with dementia and memory problems. […]

NHS in Devon issues reminder about norovirus

WITH winter upon us, the NHS in Devon is appealing to visitors to the county’s hospitals to stay away if they have symptoms of norovirus – diarrhoea and vomiting. […]

First wellbeing drop-in session at Moretonhampstead Hospital is a success

WELCOMING people to Moretonhampstead Hospital are (back row, from left) Hilary Taylor (lead occupational therapist), Emily Woodgate (physiotherapist), Jenny Berg (occupational therapist) and Teresa Sanderson (community nurse); and (front) Michele Baxendale-Nichols (community nurse manager) and Nigel Biernacki (community matron).

ORGANISERS say the first wellbeing drop-in session at Moretonhampstead Hospital was “very successful”. The session gave the public an opportunity to meet the local NHS […]

Completion of £1.25million Sidmouth Hospital revamp is marked by donation of special cake

MARK and Maria Coton (centre) present the 10th anniversary cake to Martina Harrison and Graham Vincent.

Construction consultants Haldons Limited celebrated the completion of the newly-refurbished Sidmouth Hospital by presenting the staff and chairman of the Comforts Fund with a special cake marking the firm’s 10th anniversary. […]

Betty and Anne retire after more than 50 years’ combined service at Budleigh Salterton Hospital

TWO volunteers have retired after more than 50 years’ combined service at Budleigh Salterton Hospital. […]

Trust organises additional consultation meetings in Axminster and Seaton

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THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has organised additional consultation meetings so local people can have a say on whether it should temporarily transfer inpatient services at Axminster to Seaton. […]

Christmas Fair to raise money for dementia centres at Axminster Hospital

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Local people are being invited to a Christmas Fair at Axminster Hospital on Saturday 13 December. […]

Trust launches public consultation on proposal to temporarily transfer inpatient services from Axminster to Seaton

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THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has halted its decision to temporarily move inpatient services at Axminster to Seaton and has today launched a four-week public consultation over whether the transfer should take place. […]

Maddie makes donation to Honiton Hospital in memory of husband

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LOCAL woman Maddie Nicholas has made a donation to Honiton Hospital in memory of her husband, Roger. […]

NDDH staff take VIP trip to honour 20 years service

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The Sodexo team based at North Devon District Hospital enjoyed a VIP trip to London in recognition of over 20 years service with Sodexo, the world’s largest services provider. […]

Public invited to wellbeing drop-in sessions at Moretonhampstead Hospital following success of open day

WELCOMING people to Moretonhampstead Hospital are (back row, from left) Hilary Taylor (lead occupational therapist), Emily Woodgate (physiotherapist), Jenny Berg (occupational therapist) and Teresa Sanderson (community nurse); and (front) Michele Baxendale-Nichols (community nurse manager) and Nigel Biernacki (community matron).

PEOPLE who live in or near Moretonhampstead are being invited to the first of a series of wellbeing drop-in sessions at the town’s hospital. The […]

Community nurses Sarah and Jane earn title of Queen’s Nurse

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CELEBRATING their new title of Queen’s Nurse at the awards ceremony in London are (from left) Sarah Garnsworthy and Jane Watson. Photo: Kate Stanworth. TWO […]

Antibiotic awareness day – do your bit

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Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust are joining forces with local healthcare providers this week supporting European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18 November). […]

Ottery St Mary MIU is temporarily closed due to staffing difficulties

Due to staffing difficulties, the minor injury unit (MIU) at Ottery St Mary Hospital has been temporarily closed until further notice. In the interim local […]

Temporary reduction in opening hours of Ilfracombe MIU

The opening hours of the minor injury unit (MIU) at Tyrrell Hospital in Ilfracombe are to be temporarily reduced, with effect from Sunday 16 November […]

Male patients benefit from opening of new ward at NDDH

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MALE patients recovering from surgery at North Devon District Hospital can enjoy enhanced facilities and a better all-round environment following the opening of a new […]

See what services could be provided at Moretonhamptead’s new health and social care hub

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LOCAL people are being invited to a Wellbeing Open Day in Moretonhampstead to see what services could be provided at the town’s new health and social care hub. […]

Pregnant women and new parents invited to maternity open day at NDDH

PICTURED are some of the Trust’s midwifery team, who will be a part of the maternity open day. They are (back row, from left) Jodie Vickers, Kate Curnow, team leader Helen Flanagan, Natasha Boorman and Maria Drury; and (front) Amy Upton, Suzanne Pentney-Tighe, Patsy Takken and Debbie Thorne.

NORTH Devon District Hospital is holding a maternity open day to promote the services and options available to pregnant women and new parents. […]

Fraud and security in the spotlight at anti-crime roadshow at NDDH

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THE public can find out more about fraud and security at an anti-crime roadshow at North Devon District Hospital. […]

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