South Molton Hospital

Changes to our minor injuries services – as part of our efforts to prepare our NHS staff to care for COVID-19 patients, we have temporarily closed the Minor Injuries Units at Bideford Hospital and Ilfracombe Tyrrell Hospital. Minor injuries services in Lynton are available on weekdays only. Click here for more information on minor injuries services in northern Devon.

Hospital contact details

Tel: 01769 572164
Postal address: South Molton Community Hospital
Widgery Drive
SOUTH MOLTON
EX36 4DP

The hospital is managed by a Matron. If you would like to talk with Matron or the Sister/Ward Manager, please ask a member of staff or call 01769 572164.

General information

South Molton is a  community hospital, built in 1988. We have one inpatient ward, Hugh Squier Ward. An out-patient/physiotherapy department was added in 1997.

Many different out-patient clinics are also held here, including cardiology, neurology, gynaecology, rheumatology, ophthalmology, general surgery, general medicine, urology and various other services.

Minor Injuries Services

Visiting patients during COVID-19

To reduce the risk to patients, staff and visitors, no visiting will be allowed at NDDH except for:

  • If there are specific reasons of safety – Dementia or learning disability where anxiety would be increased significantly.
  • Inpatients under the age of 18 years old – One parent/guardian only (both parents are permitted in the special care baby unit).
  • Adult inpatients – one person per patient, from the same household or support bubble, once a day for a maximum of one hour between 3pm and 6pm. Requires prior agreement with ward staff.
  • Admission areas (e.g. ED) may allow one person to accompany the patient to ensure the correct patient history etc is obtained.
  • At outpatient and diagnostic appointments where a patient may need emotional support they can be accompanied by one person from the same household or support bubble.
  • A patient receiving end-of-life care can receive more than one visitor from the same household or support bubble within a 24 hour period.

Do not visit if you or someone in your household has symptoms of Coronavirus.

  • a new, persistent cough
  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Alternatives to visiting

Video calling

If the patient does not have their own device, we can facilitate a call to friends and family in place of a visit. Please speak with the nurse in charge who will be able to arrange this for you.

Emailing

If you would like to send letters, drawings or cards to your loved one you can email them to ndht.patientexperience@nhs.net placing “PATIENT COMMUNICATION” in the subject line and adding the patient’s details to the email. Attachments will be printed and delivered to the patient.

We realise that these times can be distressing for patients and their loved ones, and we are sorry that we must restrict visits to hospital to protect patients and staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you for your support and understanding

Correct at 2 July 2020

Mealtimes for patients

Breakfast: 8am – 9am
Lunch: 12.15pm – 1.15pm
Tea: 5.15pm – 6.15pm

During protected mealtimes, visitors are not permitted.

 

Snacks and newspapers

League of Friends volunteers bring a trolley around the hospital each week. You can buy toiletries, stationery and some food and drink items.

Phone

The ward cordless phone can be taken to a patient for an incoming call.

Parking

On-site parking is free, but limited. Please ask your visitors to be sensitive to local residents when leaving their vehicles to come and see you.

Clinics and services at South Molton Hospital

Anxiety and depression service
Audiology
Balance class
Bladder and bowel (adults and children)
Breast screening results
Cardiac rehab
Cardiology
Cataract
Child and adolescent mental health service
Podiatry
Chronic fatigue service
Diabetes
Eye clinic
Glaucoma
Gynaecology
Health visitor
Heart failure clinic
Hugh Squire Ward
Midwives
MS specialist nurse
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy
Neurology
Occupational health
Opthalmology
Orthoptics
Paediatrics
Phlebotomy
Prosthetic limb clinic
Psychology
Retinal screening
Rheumatology
Rheumatology occupational therapy
Rheumatology physiotherapy
Parkinson’s service
Urology

League of Friends

South Molton Hospital League of Friends plays an important role in supporting staff at the hospital. As well as running the trolley, members raise money for ‘extras’ to support patients.

If you would like to find out more or to help, please ask at the hospital reception for League of Friends contact details.

 

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Last updated: March 16, 2020