Derriford

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...

Patient thanks hospital staff for saving her life

Authored by News Desk

A patient decided to thank staff at Derriford Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for ‘saving her life’, by holding a charity disco at her local social club.

Victoria Whittley was rushed in to the ICU on 25 December 2015 with severe pneumonia, sepsis and toxic shock syndrome. “My family were told that I might not make it”, explains Victoria. “They honestly thought I was going to die....

Cancer group promotes support for Derriford patients

Authored by Mary

A new group, with the aim of supporting patients and their families who have bowel cancer, visited the Trust to help raise awareness of the disease.

Last week the Plymouth & District Bowel Cancer Support Group, formed by Keith Anderson and Wendy Wilson, had an information stand at the hospital main entrance and, along with Trust staff, showcased how they offer support to patients...

Accreditation success ensures continued high quality care for patients

Authored by News Desk

Two teams have successfully retained the necessary accreditation to continue the high quality level of care offered to patients in Clinical Haematology and Oncology at Derriford Hospital.

As the main referral centre for the South West Peninsula Transplant Service, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust requires an inspection every few years by an international standards and accreditation body,...

Patients work together with hospital help to improve standards

Authored by Sarah Parker

Earlier this year, a team of patient representatives undertook their annual inspection of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, in order to assess the quality of the patient environment.

Now, the results released by the NHS Commissioning Board today show that the hospital has improved in all of the measured areas, therefore supporting the value of taking on-board patient feedback.

The...

Large medal haul and broken records for Derriford patients at World Transplant Games

Authored by Mary

Three incredible individuals, who represented Team Great Britain and Northern Ireland at this year’s World Transplant Games, have returned with 13 medals between them. With one competitor breaking four records!

The Cornwall-based competitors, Tracy Carroll from Helston, Stephen Jarvis from St Austell and Terry Wright from Looe, are all recipients of kidney transplants at Derriford...

MRI Play Scanner helps to alleviate stress for children

Authored by Mary

Going into hospital can be very daunting, especially for children. Thanks to the Charitable Funds Committee, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) play scanner is now available on Derriford Hospital's children’s wards, to prepare children for their MRI scans in a far less daunting environment.

Located on the children’s wards on level 12, the play scanner is used by our Play Specialist...

Calling all beauty consultants

Authored by Mary

National charity, Look Good Feel Better, is in urgent need of Beauty trained volunteers to help run their Workshops for women with cancer in Plymouth

Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is a charity that provides practical advice for women and teenagers struggling with the visible side effects of cancer treatment. Their confidence boosting skincare and make-up Workshops and Masterclasses are...

Hospital staffing project team shortlisted for national award

Authored by News Desk

Safer Staffing and HealthRoster teams Our Safer Staffing and HealthRoster teams at Derriford Hospital have been shortlisted as finalists in the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) Awards for the ‘Capsticks Award for Innovation in HR’ category.

This award recognises a cutting edge, creative initiative within any sphere of HR management that has led to improved practice. The...

Fresh From Warrens On the Go at Derriford extended due to popular demand

Authored by kath@raw

The fresh approach to hospital nutrition taken by Cornwall’s oldest bakery has proved a huge success. In the Spring Warrens Bakery launched a new healthy menu delivery app for Derriford Hospital called “Fresh From Warrens On the Go”, which was the first of its kind. Demand for the service, particularly from hospital employees, has meant that four new collection points have just been added....

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