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Derriford opens 'escalation' beds amid Red Alert status

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Staff at Derriford Hospital have had to fill almost every available space with extra beds after a surge in patients needing emergency care.

The hospital is currently on red alertand a number of operations have been cancelled to help cope with the high number of attending A&E.

Extra staff have been hired in the hope of removing some of the 41 extra beds.

Yesterday was a better day, so although the hospital remains very busy, we do have beds available and today we are hoping to close some of the 41 escalation beds.

We remain on red alert. We would like to once again apologise to anyone whose operation or procedure has been cancelled as a result of the emergency pressures.

Our staff are working hard to re-book people affected as soon as possible. We would like to end by thanking the public for the amazing messages of support we have received, on social media and in person for our staff and the work they do.

Our staff are working incredibly hard and these comments have been much appreciated at a tough time.

– Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

'Every extra bed in every extra space' in use at Derriford Hospital

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Derriford Hospital is currently on Red Alert and extremely busy after a surge in patients needing emergency care.

The hospital says a high number of patients have attended A&E, many of whom are acutely unwell and need to be admitted as medical emergencies.

We have opened 41 'escalation' beds - every extra bed in every extra space we have. However, these beds are not planned for and therefore we did not have rostered staff to care for patients in these beds. Hence why we have been appealing for staff to work additional shifts, offering additional payments and used other temporary staff.

– Derriford Hospital website
"Every extra bed in every extra space we have" is being used Credit: ITV News

The hospital says it put many measures in place to try to prevent the winter demand overwhelming their services - including increasing staff and working with the council's discharge team.

But despite everything we have done, meeting increased demand from a population that is living longer but with more illness and disability, as an acute hospital is extremely difficult.

– Derriford Hospital website
Planned operations and procedures per day are being cancelled.

The hospital added on its website that they "apologise sincerely to those patients affected" by the measures, and that staff are working extremely hard to try to minimise the effect.

  • If patients need non-emergency medical care, please contact your GP or, out-of-hours, NHS 111
  • If you have an appointment at Derriford Hospital please attend as planned, unless contacted otherwise


Police appeal for witnesses after fatal crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a crash on the B3266, at Washaway, Bodmin yesterday (Dec 26) evening.

A vehicle was travelling towards Bodmin when it was involved in a head-on collision with a vehicle travelling towards Camelford.

The driver of the Bodmin- bound vehicle, a 29 year old local man was taken to Treliske Hospital with serious injuries. The four occupants of the second vehicle, were taken to Derriford Hospital with serious injuries, one of which, a 26 year old female died whilst en route.

Woman seriously injured in car crash near Liskeard

The accident involved two cars and happened at a junction on the B3252. Credit: ITV West Country

A woman is in hospital with serious injuries after a crash at Horningtops, near Liskeard.

The accident, which involved two cars, happened last night at a junction on the B3252. A man and a woman were taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to get in touch.

'More organ donors needed' in the south west

A mother from Devon is asking 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 eleven - but her death and the decision to donate her organs gave a future to several people.

New artwork was unveiled at Derriford Hospital, thanking bereaved families for agreeing to donate the organs of their loved ones.

In England three people a day die who are on the organ transplant waiting list.


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.

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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
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