Plymouth Hospitals are considered to be low risk according to a new report from the Care Quality Commission. The trust, which runs Derriford Hospital, was given the number 5 rating after a recent inspection. It's the second highest rating available.
One of the oldest radio DJs in the country has been broadcasting for 43 years on hospital radio in Plymouth. Connal Cather recently celebrated his 90th birthday, and still presents his show from Derriford Hospital every week. Ian Barber went to see him in action.
700 saplings in Plymouth have been destroyed by vandals. The trees, which were planted in the spring, include oak, ash and cherry. The saplings were destroyed over a series of months at the site in Bircham Valley, near Derriford Hospital. Only a few young trees now remain.
A young mother is recovering after a pioneering operation at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital, using pig skin as part of reconstructive surgery. Kelly Cruse from Plymouth chose to have a double mastectomy to avoid the risk of developing breast cancer in the future.
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’.
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:
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.
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.
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.