More nurses will be taken on at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple. It is part of a £1.8 million recruitment drive. It will mean one nurse per six patients. The move was prompted because patients at the hospital are getting older, meaning they have more complex needs.
North Devon District Hospital has won a national award for innovation for its computerised cancer pharmacy system. It allows the hospital to log and follow all aspects of patients' chemotherapy treatment.
The time-saving, custom software then lets the hospital develop daily treatment schedules and worksheets to simply the types and amount of medication that need to be made up. It also manages stock control.
It was developed by Rufus Smith, a pharmacy expert at the hospital. The hospital trust says it has saved £20,000 by developing the software in-house, for free.
Former England rugby player Matt Dawson has performed the official opening of the new children's unit at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.
Dawson won 77 caps for England and was part of the World Cup winning team in 2003.
He cut the ribbon at the children's unit this morning before touring the ward to speak to patients and give out goody bags.
A new children's unit will officially open at North Devon District Hospital today.
It's the latest phase of a £1 million project. It'll bring together services for women, babies and children which used to be in separate parts of the building.
Managers at North Devon District Hospital have apologised after a swab was left inside a woman for eight days after a procedure at the outpatients clinic. The patient suffered no ill effects and it was removed with surgery.