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1000 operations cancelled at Derriford Hospital

1,000 operations have been cancelled at Derriford Hospital Credit: PA

The NHS crisis seems to be deepening across our region - as it's revealed more than 1,000 operations have been cancelled at Derriford Hospital in Devon since January.

It's currently on "black alert", which is the NHS's highest level of alert, as is the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trusts and Yeovil Hospital in Somerset.

In January we cancelled about 700 operations either on the day of surgery or in advance. I would expect February to be the same, so it will be over 1,000 and we're very sorry about that.

The patients that have attended our A&E department have needed to. We have not seen large numbers of patients attending who are inappropriate attenders.

– Kevin Baber, Chief Operating Officer for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust


New Cancer drug could put an end to chemotherapy

Professor Simon Rule trialled the new drug, Imbruvica, at Derriford hospital Credit: ITV News

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital is at the forefront of revolutionary new research that could see chemotherapy treatment for Cancer become a thing of the past.

A new drug that is giving patients their lives back has just become available on the NHS. It's credited with transforming the lives of patients with a rare form of blood cancer.

Tune in tonight at 6pm to see the full story.

New cancer drug approved after Plymouth trial

A Plymouth consultant is the first in Europe to prescribe a new alternative to chemotherapy for certain types of blood cancer.

Professor Simon Rule trialled the new drug, Imbruvica, at Derriford hospital.

It has now been approved for use across the NHS as part of the Cancer Drugs Fund.

We were the first people to use this drug in Europe here in Plymouth and we treated thirteen patients and the thing that struck us very early was that the patients all responded and there were no side effects and that's not something you expect, you normally expect to get effects with at least some side effects and these drugs really are remarkably side effect free.

– PROFESSOR SIMON RULE, Consultant Haematologist at Derriford Hospital/Plymouth University
Imbruvica was trialled at Derriford hospital.

Under-pressure hospital declares "internal incident"

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has declared an 'internal incident" over the number of emergency patients needing to be admitted Credit: ITV News

It's emerged Plymouth's Derriford Hospital has faced 'significant' pressure over the last few weeks, with managers declaring an 'internal incident'.

The Trust says a very high number of people needed to be admitted for emergency care - many with pneumonia. It's meant some male and female patients have had to share bays and many staff are working overtime.


Milestone for Derriford

Derriford has gone a year without the MRSA superbug Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Derriford Hospital has reached a significant milestone this week - a year without any patient having an MRSA infection.The hospital has introduced measures to reduce the number of cases, like screening patients before they have an operation.

Three year old girl dies after fireplace collapsed on her

The incident happened in Colebrook, on the outskirts of Plymouth Credit: ITV News

A three year old girl has died after part of a fireplace collapsed on her in Colebrook, on the outskirts of Plymouth.

The toddler was treated at the scene and then taken to Derriford Hospital with severe head injuries. She was pronounced dead a short while later.

A spokeswoman for South Western Ambulance Service said: "We got a call at around 4:30pm on Sunday. We sent a basic doctor, two ambulance crews and an officer.

"The child was taken to Derriford Hospital in a life-threatening condition. South Western Ambulance Service extends its sincere condolences to the child's family."

Plymouth baby becomes first to receive life-changing surgery

Baby becomes first to receive life-changing surgery for spina bifida

A baby from Plymouth has become the first in the UK to receive life-changing surgery for spina bifida.

Spina bifida is a fault in the development of the spinal cord and surrounding bones, which leaves a gap or split in the spine.

Frankie Lavis was diagnosed with the condition whilst still in the womb. Her parents, Gina Beddoe Dan Lavis from Devonport in Plymouth, found out during a 19-week scan at Derriford Hospital.

A doctor at the hospital helped arrange the surgery - which was carried out in Belgium, but funded by the NHS.

Baby Frankie was born at Derriford Hospital and is now 11 weeks old.

11 week old Frankie with her parents and hospital staff

Derriford Hospital praised for its cancer treatment

The new cancer ward at Derriford Hospital Credit: ITV Westcountry

Almost 9/10 people who receive cancer treatment at Derriford Hospital rate their care as excellent or good.

The figures come from a national survey of patients. 88% of people at the hospital in Plymouth say they are very satisfied with their care.

The UGI cancer and Urological cancer teams were rated in the top 20% of all Trusts, scoring 94%.

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