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Derriford cancer care scores highly among patients

The majority of cancer patients treated at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust feel the care they receive is excellent or very good, according to the latest independent study.

The survey commissioned by Quality Health asked adults who had been admitted to Derriford Hospital as an inpatient or as a day case patient between September and November 2012 to rate various aspects of the their care.

According to the latest results, 87% rated their overall care as ‘excellent’ and ‘very good’.

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FULL REPORT : Torbay man recovering after kidney transplant

You may remember on Friday's programme we told you about Gavin Buckley from Torbay who after years of battling chronic kidney disease was donated a new kidney by his sister.

At the time, ITV News West Country was invited into the operating theatre in Plymouth to see the transplant take place. Well today, our reporter Claire Manning, went back to Derriford Hospital to meet up with Gavin to see how he's recovering:

The gift of a kidney: "1,000 thank yous couldn't justify it"

It's National Transplant Week - a time when the Transplant Service wants us all to discuss with our families what our feelings are about donating our organs when we die. It's a difficult conversation, so one that many of us avoid.

Our reporter Claire Manning went to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, to see for herself a kidney transplant operation taking place - a procedure that involved one sister giving her brother the most incredible gift.

Appeal for more people to sign up as organ donors

A transplant operation at Derriford Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

It's National Transplant Week, a time when it's hoped more people will sign up to the donor register. Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has one of the highest rates in the country for the number of its altruistic donors - healthy people who donate one of their kidneys to strangers.

Derriford Hospital ordered to make improvements

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has been ordered to make improvements. Credit: ITV News West Country

Managers at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital have been ordered to make urgent improvements to protect patients.

It follows an unannounced inspection which found that surgical staff were under such pressure that patient safety was at risk.

It's the second time in recent years that the Care Quality Commission has taken action against the hospital trust.

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Fancy trying out hospital food?

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth is putting on a special taster event today Credit: ITV News West Country

After criticism about food at Derriford Hospital, people are being given the chance to try it for themselves today at a special taster event. It marks the introduction of a new menu, which has been changed as a result of patient feedback.

Family's tribute to Devon coach driver

The family of Newton Abbot coach driver Jeremy Takel has paid tribute to him.

The 50 year old died when the coach he was driving rolled forward into a hedge.

Mr Takel was trapped underneath after being thrown from the vehicle.

Jeremy Takel Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Mr Takel's family has thanked the emergency services, staff at Derriford Hospital, and staff at Lee Mill in Plymouth, for helping him and passengers immediately after the crash.

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