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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.

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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

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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.

Man dies after lorry crashes into Derriford Hospital

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. Credit: ITV News

A man has died after a bin lorry crashed into Derriford Hospital in Plymouth this morning.

Police believe the driver of the vehicle, a 57-year-old man, was run over by the truck as it collided with the hospital. It has been suggested that he was trying to stop it rolling away.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police do not believe any other people or vehicles were involved.

Derriford launches new £2m helipad

When it is not in use, the H will be covered with the no fly signal. Credit: Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Trauma victims in the region will be able to get treatment faster as a new helipad is launched at Derriford Hospital today.

The £2 million facility means journeys will be cut by 30 minutes. It will also allow the air ambulance and Search and Rescue Helicopters to land at night.

The letter 'H' has now been painted on the roof, making it clearly visible from the air. When it is not in use, the H will be covered with the no fly signal - a yellow cross with a red square.

Derriford Hospital is the designated major trauma centre for the peninsula and receives around 400 patients a year that need to be transferred by air. The location of the new helipad allows access straight to the doors of our Emergency Department, enabling faster transfer of patients and quicker access to emergency care for major trauma patients.

The helipad has been funded by the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal, which has contributed £850,000. The Hospital Trust has contributed a further £900,000.

Health chiefs at Derriford say they may not be able to meet growing demands

Health chiefs at the region's biggest hospital have issued a grim warning that they may not be able to meet growing demands from patients as they struggle to make cutbacks.

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital needs to chop £12 million from its budget. But that will still leave it short of £33 million next year.

As John Andrews reports, its not the only one of the region's hospitals feeling the pinch.

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