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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...

Plastic bags swapped as hospital pharmacy goes green

Authored by Mike Page

The Pharmacy team at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust have got together to banish plastic bags used for patients to carry medicines home from hospital.

Instead, new recyclable paper bags are being used for patients’ medicines, which will replace the single-use plastic bags.

The initiative came from a staff suggestion at a team ‘improvement huddle’ which aims to make...

Keep Me Close accommodation opens for Plymouth parents

Authored by Sarah Parker

Friday 15 November marked a very special day for hundreds of fundraisers, parents and the neonatal team at Derriford Hospital. The 'Keep Me Close' parental accommodation for parents whose babies are in the care of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was officially opened.

The accommodation, which has been funded entirely by the ‘Keep Me Close’ appeal, is within walking distance...

Kind-hearted couple launch charity in memory of their daughter

Authored by Mary

A couple from Plymouth have launched a charity which will support bereaved parents who have suffered neonatal loss or stillbirth.

Aimee and Ryan Conroy felt compelled to do something to help future bereaved parents after their little girl, Luna Valentina Conroy, was sadly born sleeping in November 2017.

“We wanted to embrace a new journey,” said Aimee and Ryan. “Something we...

Hospital Christmas craft fair raises around £700 for local charity

Authored by Mary

Hand crafted gifts created by patients and members of staff at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre and sold at the hospital’s Christmas craft fair, have raised around £700 in aid of hospital’s chosen charity, Improving Lives Plymouth.

Mark White, Hospital Director at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, commented: “This is the second Christmas craft fair we have hosted, and this year’s has been...

Mother and daughter team patient liaison at popular hospital

Authored by Mary

Mother and daughter team Paula Thompson and Kirsty Heiss have been appointed by popular hospital Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, to manage its growing number of patients who are choosing to pay for their care.

Paula has a background in the health care sector, with many years’ experience in communicating with patients. She trained as a dental nurse and combined her skills with the role...

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...

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...

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