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Mum makes plea for more to be aware of organ donation

Emily Gorman died at the age of 11

A mother from Devon has made a plea for more people to be aware of organ donation - and how many lives it can save.

Jackie King's daughter Emily lost her life at the age of 11 - but her death and the decision to donate her organs gave a future to several people.

Jackie spoke to ITV as new artwork was unveiled at Derriford Hospital thanking bereaved families for agreeing to donate the organs of their loved ones.

The 11-year-old's kidneys and heart valves have been used to help others.

The heart valve I was informed was used on a six month old baby boy who had a congenital heart defect.

That was ten an a half years ago and it's great to think you know hopefully he's a fit and healthy thriving eleven year old little boy, it's great.

– Jackie King

Organ donator families thanked with dandelion art work

Artwork in the form of dandelion clocks have been unveiled in Derriford Hospital - to thank families who have donated organs after loved ones' deaths.

The Gift of Life Flower Seed Head, designed by Karen and Tony van de Bospoort, is made from stainless steel and acrylic, and will be on show in the main concourse of the hospital.

It's a metaphor for survival, and it's hoped will communicate the positive aspects of organ donation and transplantation to patients, members of staff and the public.

Alongside the installation will be a plaque recognising the generosity and importance of the act of organ donation.

Every day in this country three patients who are on a waiting list for organ transplantation die.

The national and local NHS has implemented strategies that successfully increased the number of organ transplants by 30% between 2007/8 and 2012/13.

This equates to around 3000 patients having their lives saved or transformed by organ donation, known as the ‘gift of life’.”

The Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust Organ Donation Committee wished to formally and publicly acknowledge the profound generosity of organ donors - and their families who so kindly supported their decision - by commissioning a suitable piece of art.

– Martin Walker, Chair of the PHNT Organ Donation Committee


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.

Credit: ITV West Country

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.

Credit: ITV News


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
Credit: Derriford Hospital
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