Plymouth, Hospitals

Plymouth Hospitals Charity funds hospital garden transformation

lymouth Hospitals Charity has awarded £500 to help transform a small garden space at Rowan House. Healthcare Assistant, Judith Bywater has been busy brightening up a grey, concrete courtyard and is transforming it into a mini haven for staff and patients.

When the Pain Clinic and Dermatology moved over to Rowan House three years ago, the teams got together over a weekend to weed and...

Derriford’s Lead Cardiologist urges fast action in cardiac emergencies

The Clinical Director of Cardiology at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital has urged the public to seek urgent medical attention without delay, should they or a loved one experience serious cardiac symptoms.

As highlighted by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in May, national Emergency Department Syndromic Surveillance data indicates that the number of patients presenting with...

Secret garden haven for NHS heroes at Derriford

Teams treating Covid-19 patients will be able to step into a secret flower garden at University Hospitals Plymouth after flowers were donated that were destined for the now cancelled Chelsea Flower Show.

Volunteers, coordinated by Intensive Care Specialist Sister Sister Kate Tantam, transformed a courtyard near to the Intensive Care Unit.

Kate said: “The PPE staff are...

South West nurse takes safe staffing call to heart of government

Nursing staff took the voices of their colleagues and the public to the heart of the Westminster government yesterday, calling for urgent action to fix the nursing workforce crisis in England.

Vicky Brotherton, a senior ophthalmic nurse at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, was among four nursing staff who went to Downing Street to hand in petitions totalling over 220,000 signatures...

University Hospitals Plymouth first in UK to get new Heart-Lung machines

Patients of Cardiothoracic Theatres in Plymouth are first in the UK to benefit from new high-tech heart-lung machines following a wider £4million investment in cardiothoracic surgery over 10 years.

Five new ‘Quantum heart-lung machines’ will mean improved safety for patients undergoing heart surgery.

Heart-lung machines (or cardiopulmonary bypass machines) take over the work...

New Changing Places facility will improve experience for disabled patients

A new, state-of-the-art Changing Places facility has been fitted at Derriford Hospital, which will greatly improve the experience of disabled patients and their families, carers and support workers.

The new specialist toilet and changing facility includes a height-adjustable, adult-sized changing bench, a ceiling track hoist system, a privacy screen, shower, and, importantly, plenty of...

CuddleCot donation grants gift of time for bereaved parents

A thoughtful donation has been received by our maternity department, to help parents who suffer the loss of a baby. Amber and Josh Goddard fundraised to purchase a Flexmort CuddleClot, which they have kindly gifted to Derriford Hospital in memory of their baby son, Mylo.

“It had been a real struggle to get pregnant because of having polycystic ovaries,” describes Amber, “but then I was...

League of Friends donation will benefit breast cancer surgery patients

A new piece of equipment is now up and running in the Primrose Unit at Derriford Hospital, thanks to an incredibly generous donation of over £63,000 from the League of Friends.

The portable Faxitron machine enables surgeons to take x-rays during surgery to ensure that all cancerous tissue has been successfully removed. This means that the number of repeat surgeries for breast cancer...

Caitlin’s double act of kindness benefits hospital ward where her Mum was treated

A young girl from North Cornwall, who raised more than £1,000 by having her hair cut, for the Derriford Hospital ward that helped her mum recover from a brain tumour, visited the hospital earlier this week to officially hand over the money raised.

Kind-hearted Caitlin Bosley presented the cheque for £1,150 to Mr Peter Whitfield, Consultant Neurosurgeon, outside of Moorgate Ward,...

Plymouth Albion’s generous gifts to young patients at Derriford Hospital

Plymouth Albion players visited Derriford Hospital this morning to bring some festive cheer to young patients, by spending some time with them and donating generous gifts.

Jo Cross, Hospital Play Specialist, said: “Thank you so much to Plymouth Albion for coming in today and for everything they have done. The children really enjoyed this morning and particularly challenging them to...