Derriford hospital

Derriford Hospital to gain two additional operating theatres as part of national covid recovery funding

Derriford Hospital has secured national investment to expand its operating capacity, with work set to begin on two new modular operating theatres.

This development has secured funding from the national NHS Elective Recovery Fund to address the major impact of covid on hospital waiting times, as part of the Accelerator Programme.

The move will see the existing REI (...

Paying it forward to the Snowdrop Suite

After the loss of their daughter, Ayla, Kate and Paul Vincent have dedicated themselves to some truly fantastic fundraising for Derriford’s Snowdrop Suite, the special area of Maternity set aside for bereaved parents.

“We received so much fantastic help and we wanted to find a way to pay it forward,” explained Kate, who is also a nurse at Derriford Hospital. “We wanted to give...

Derriford Hospital reintroduces limited visiting

We are reintroducing some limited visiting at Derriford Hospital from Monday 12 April in a safe and COVID-compliant way. This is in line with updated guidance from NHS England and the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Where visiting is allowed on general wards, we have a Rule of 1. This means one visitor for one hour, once a day, per patient.

Each bed in our ward bays...

Challenge 31 – your 31 day challenge for the month of August

Derriford’s Children's Wards are calling on the children of Devon and Cornwall, from toddlers to teens to take part in a challenge. For the month of August, we’re asking you to challenge yourself, have some fun, and raise some money.

In 31 days can you bounce on a trampoline for 31 minutes? Read 31 books? Hula hoop 31 times? Knit a 3.1 meters long scarf? Do 31 wheelies on your bike?...

Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital works together with Derriford Hospital to deliver Oncology Services

Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital, located on Derriford Road opposite the University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) is one of 30 Nuffield Health hospitals being made available to NHS trusts following discussions with NHS England and Wales about how independent hospitals can support NHS patients in its efforts against the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital...

War Horse characters visit Derriford Hospital

Characters from the National Theatre production of War Horse recently paid a visit to Derriford Hospital, bringing smiles and delight to both patients and staff.

Along with their puppeteers, Baby Joey and Goose popped in this afternoon to visit some poorly children and their families, in both the children’s day case unit and children’s wards on level 12.

Baby Joey and Goose...

Student takeover successfully trialled on Hartor ward

Last month, Derriford Hospital saw student nurses successfully takeover the running of a ward, as part of a new model of learning.

Collaborative Learning in Practice Placements (CLIPP) is a new model of nurse training in practice, whereby teams of students take over the running of one or two bays of a hospital ward, whilst being overseen by dedicated registered nurses and support...

Sian Dennison wins at NHS70 Parliamentary Awards

University Hospitals Plymouth's Head of Nursing (Cancer and End of Life), Sian Dennison, has won the ‘Excellence in Cancer Care Award’ at the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards.

Sian with her award The prestigious competition is the first of its kind to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS, and to recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS....

Employment opportunities for Learning Disabled people

An award winning project that supports young adults with Learning Disabilities to find and keep paid employment is seeking interns for its next course starting in September.

Project SEARCH is a partnership between Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Pluss, Serco and City College Plymouth who create employment opportunities for young adults with Learning Disabilities.

They provide...

Poem and donation commends Meldon Ward

Two former patients of Derriford Hospital’s Meldon Ward have found a novel way to say a special thank you for their recent treatment.

Roger Palfrey (pictured) and Kevin Gardner met during a recent inpatient stay and the pair formed a quick rapport during their stay and decided to find a special way to say thank you to the team, for treating them with such compassion during their stay...