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Hospital wins innovation award for cancer database

System designer Rufus Smith after collecting the award from Rory Bremner (right) Credit: North Devon District Hospital

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 star opens new children's unit

Former England rugby star Matt Dawson officially opens the new children's unit. Credit: Seth Conway

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.

Matt Dawson meets patients at the new children's unit. Credit: Seth Conway
Matt Dawson handing out presents at the new children's unit. Credit: Seth Conway

Swab left inside woman for eight days

It also emerged earlier this year a swab had been left inside a man`s stomach for ten months. Credit: ITV Westcountry

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.