Health & Beauty

Stroke patients benefit from new garden at the RD&E

Patients on the Acute Stroke Unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are now able to relax in a new, upgraded garden. 

Work began on the garden in Autumn 2018 on the Acute Stroke Unit, otherwise known as Clyst Ward, to convert the area from a space that was not easily accessible or beneficial to the recovery of patients, into an area which improves overall wellbeing and that patients can enjoy. The garden is now easily accessible from the ward with a wide range of brightly coloured plants in raised flower beds for patients, staff and visitors to enjoy.

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Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:19am

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Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:07am

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Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 02/06/2019 - 11:33am

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Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 02/05/2019 - 6:52am

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Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 - 11:03am

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Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Mon, 01/28/2019 - 7:52pm

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New Rheumatology clinics begin in Okehampton and Honiton hospitals

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 01/27/2019 - 4:04pm

Rheumatology patients at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust will now be able to have treatment closer to home as new clinics begin in Okehampton and Honiton hospitals this month.

Both hospitals will hold three appointment-only clinics each month allowing patients access to services closer to home and enabling the RD&E to reduce wait times.

Devon Girls Can - Get more active in 2019

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 01/21/2019 - 7:38am

By popular demand, the ‘Devon Girls Can’ campaign returns this month (January 2019) helping kickstart those new year resolutions to be more active for 2019!

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Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 01/15/2019 - 5:58pm

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Authored by Claire Small
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