Bishop praises ‘wonderful’ hospital in North Devon

The Right Reverend Jackie Searle, the Bishop of Crediton, praised the work of hospital staff and volunteers during a visit to North Devon District Hospital yesterday.

Bishop Jackie met with staff, patients and volunteers, as well as non-executive directors Robert Down and Tony Neal.

She was shown around the maternity unit, which has made significant improvements over the past couple of years. Staff in the unit talked to Bishop Jackie about some of the developments coming in the near future, including a midwife-led delivery room, community hubs and a bereavement suite.

NDHT chaplaincy staff, student midwife, the Right Reverend Jackie Searle, NDHT midwives

Bishop Jackie then met the new activities coordinator on the dementia ward and some of the hospital’s volunteer end of life companions. She was also given a tour of the Special Care Baby Unit, and visited the hospital’s chapel and Faith Centre.

Bishop Jackie said: “Thank you to the wonderful staff and volunteers at North Devon District Hospital. I came away from this visit feeling really inspired and cheered from all the things I saw and heard about. We all need to value our communities and a flourishing hospital is key to that.”

The Right Reverend Jackie Searle (third from right) with chaplaincy staff, volunteers, activities coordinator on Fortescue Ward, patient experience matron and non-executive directors Tony Neal and Robert Down

Reverend Julie Cartwright, head of spiritual care at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “It was a pleasure to have Bishop Jackie with us. We were delighted to show her some of the great work being done to support patients in North Devon.

“She was clearly impressed with the services, facilities and hardworking people at our hospital, and was interested to hear about all the new developments.”

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Last updated: January 8, 2020