The Devon health and social care system is under extreme pressure due to high demand for services and the number of staff and patients affected by COVID-19.
As a result, people are facing longer waits in emergency departments and planned procedures are being postponed.
The NHS is asking the public to help by using services wisely and doing their bit to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
On 25 August across Devon:
- 127 beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients
- 14 of those were in high dependency or intensive care units
- 7 were on mechanical ventilation
- 713 staff were off due to COVID-19, amounting to 32% of all absences
Our services across Northern Devon
Our services continue to be extremely busy, and our staff are working as hard as they can to care for patients. Here are a few simple ways you can help.
If you are ill or injured
Make sure you choose the right service and:
- You could spend less time waiting for treatment
- You’ll get the best treatment for your symptoms
- You’ll help free up the Emergency Department to treat those with the most serious illnesses and injuries
If you have a loved one in hospital
If your loved one is medically fit and able to leave hospital, there are a few simple but important things you can do to help us get them home as soon as they are ready.
For more information read our hospital discharge leaflet.
Help us keep patients safe from COVID-19
Although national guidance has changed for the general public regarding isolation following COVID-19 contact, our guidance has not changed for our healthcare settings. Do not visit or attend an appointment if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have had recent contact with someone with COVID-19.
We ask you to continue to wear a face mask or covering when visiting an NDHT healthcare setting, unless you are exempt.
We also ask you to continue to follow social distancing and hand hygiene measures on our sites. We have also updated our visiting guidance.
Read more about our COVID-19 guidelines here.
We all have a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our hospitals safe – thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
Please be kind
Our staff are working as hard and as fast as they can.
Our staff have a right to work in an environment free from harassment, bullying or violence. Verbal and physical abuse will not be tolerated.
We are here to help. Please respect us. Please allow us to do our job safely.