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Care worker charged with raping patient 'could be in Zimbabwe'

The alleged attack occurred at the Glenbourne unit, a mental health support centre based at Derriford Hospital. Credit: ITV West Country

Police searching for a care worker accused of raping a female psychiatric patient in Plymouth are now working with Zimbabwean authorities.

51-year-old Bester Mashayamombe failed to appear before magistrates after being charged with the attack at the Glenbourne Unit at Derriford Hospital.

Officers believe he is on the African continent, and are working to bring him back to the UK.

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Appeal for driver to come forward after elderly man hit by car

The pensioner was on the pavement opposite Home Park when he was hit. Credit: PA

Police are trying to find a driver after an 86-year-old man was hit by a car after a football match in Plymouth.

The pensioner was on the pavement opposite Home Park football ground last month, after the Plymouth Argyle v Bristol Rovers match.

A car black or dark car came out of a driveway near a new traffic light system and clipped the man, who was seriously injured, and taken to Derriford Hospital for surgery.

“The vehicle clipped the man with the rear panel and the driver may not have even been aware that they had hit him.

"We are urging them to come forward to assist with our enquiries.

“We are also keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and remembers seeing the incident.”

– PC Dan Hickey in Plymouth


Operations at Derriford Hospital cancelled after flooding

Derriford Hospital Credit: ITV News

Operations at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital today have been cancelled after five operating theatres were flooded.

The damage was caused by a leak on the floor above. Contractors have been brought in to carry out Emergency repairs and the hospital is trying to work out which procedures later in the week can go ahead. They say any patients affected will be contacted directly.

Care worker charged with raping patient in hospital

The alleged attack occurred at the Glenbourne unit, a mental health support centre based at Derriford Hospital. Credit: ITV News

A care worker at a psychiatric unit in Plymouth has been charged with raping a patient.

The alleged attack occurred at the Glenbourne unit, an acute support centre based at Derriford Hospital for people suffering from mental health problems, in February.

The 50-year-old is due to appear at Plymouth Magistrates' Court on 7th October.

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Missing woman found safe but cold in Plymouth

Tamara Harding Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Tamara Harding who went missing from Derriford Hospital on Sunday 2 August has been found safe - but cold.

She was discovered by police in a garden in Tavistock Road in Plymouth this afternoon, Wednesday 5 August.

Officers say she was cold and wet and has been taken to Derriford Hospital for a check- up and assessment.

The force says it has been searching extensively to try to locate her and wants to thank the public for their support and information.

Volunteers needed for Parkinson's trial

Derriford Hospital needs volunteers to take part in a trial looking into the early signs of Parkinson's disease.

Around 60 people are needed, both those who have Parkinson's and those who do not.

Sensors are put on the body to monitor speech and movement when doing everyday tasks, such as getting dressed or unlocking a door. By diagnosing the disease earlier, it's hoped patients can be given more tailored treatments.

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition that affects movement and speech which affects one in 500 people in the UK.

It's very easy to participate in, there are no drugs involved and potentially it'll be very useful for diagnosing the disease as well as monitoring disease progression as we develop new disease modifying treatments.

– Dr Stephen Pearson, Consultant in Dementia Research


Hospital robot helps treat radical prostatectomies

A new robot has been brought in to treat Radical Prostatectomies at Derriford Hospital.

An open day for patients, carers and members of the public is being held today to showcase the work of the new robot.

The da Vinci robot has been in operation at the hospital since April 2015 and has been used around 20 times already.

It's hoped 150 patients will be treated each year using robot-assisted surgery.

How does it work?

  • Small incisions are made and used to insert miniaturised wristed instruments and a high-definition 3D camera.
  • With the surgeon seated at the console, they can view a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site inside the body.
  • At the same time, the robot translates the surgeon’s hand movements into precise micro-movements of the da Vinci instruments.

The da Vinci robot cost around £1million, of which £125,000 was kindly donated by The Chestnut Appeal.

This robot finally allows patients in Cornwall and Devon to have equal access to the gold standard treatment for prostate cancer. Patients from Cornwall have previously had to travel to Bristol for this treatment. Having the dual console, which is not standard in all machines, will set us up to be a beacon centre for robotic training.

– Ali Ramsden, Consultant Urologist at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
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Lorry driver who died after crashing into Derriford Hospital named

A man who died following a collision involving a refuse lorry within the grounds of Derriford Hospital has been named as 57-year old Lee Jane from Higher Compton, Plymouth.

Mr Jane was declared deceased at the scene and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

He used to work as a Viridor collections services driver and had been with the company as an LGV driver based at Plympton Depot for 9 years.

Viridor is providing support to Lee’s family and work colleagues.

I am sure I speak for everyone in saying how saddened we are by the loss of our colleague in such a tragic accident.

The loss has been deeply felt by the Viridor teams across Plymouth. Our sympathies and thoughts remain with Lee’s family, friends and colleagues

The company continues to work closely with the authorities on the ongoing investigation into the incident.

– Mark Woods, Viridor’s South West Regional Director

Driver killed by his own lorry at Derriford Hospital

The 57-year-old man was killed in the grounds of Derriford Hospital this morning. Credit: ITV News

A lorry driver killed at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth was trying to stop it rolling away, police say.

The 57-year-old man was hitching a trailer onto his skip lorry after collecting building waste when the vehicle started to move. The lorry hit the hospital radio building, but no-one else was hurt.

The man's family have been told and went to the hospital immediately.

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