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South West nurse takes safe staffing call to heart of government

Authored by News Desk

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

Authored by Mary

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

Authored by Mary

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

Authored by Mary

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

Authored by Mary

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

Authored by Mary

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

Authored by Mary

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...

Project SEARCH Derriford wins another top award

Authored by News Desk

A supported employment internship programme, based at Derriford Hospital, which assists young adults with learning disabilities to gain paid employment, has won another award to add to its collection.

The award recognised the achievement of 72% of Project SEARCH graduate interns gaining full time paid employment during the academic year.

The Project, now in its eighth year, is...

The importance of communication highlighted by learning disability champions

Authored by Mary

Staff and patients joined together for the new Annual Joint Learning Disability Champion meeting held at Derriford Hospital this week.

Attended by the Derriford User Group (DUG) members, who have a learning disability and have used, or still use, hospital services, and the Learning Disability Link Practitioners from the Trust, the event was organised to not only thank both staff and...

Thinking of trying to start a family? Fertility experts to open their doors and offer advice

Authored by Mary

Following a successful event in the summer, fertility specialists from the South West Centre for Reproductive Medicine (SWCRM), based in Derriford Hospital, will again host an open evening, aimed at those who are thinking of starting a family but who have concerns or worries about their fertility.

As well as providing advice and guidance on a range of options, including lifestyle...