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Latest Derriford Hospital Stories

2008-10-11 00:00:35

Rush hour traffic backed up on one of the city's busiest roads after two cars collided. Police were called to the city-bound stretch of Tavistock Road close to the Crownhill flyover shortly after 5pm yesterday. Two cars, a green Renault Megane and a silver Vauxhall Astra collided, causing one lane to be completely blocked and traffic to back up as far as the George Junction park and ride. Paramedics from South West Ambulance Service were called to the scene and treated a woman for minor...

2008-09-25 00:00:30

By Andy Greenwood Chief Reporter Specialist cancer surgery services in Cornwall should be moved out of the county, an independent review is expected to recommend today. The news will come as a massive blow to campaigners, patients and staff who have fought to keep throat and neck cancer surgery at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske. They fear that patient care will be affected by the prospect of having to travel to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where a larger, dedicated unit will...

2008-09-25 00:00:30

Health chiefs have insisted Derriford Hospital staff performing hernia operations in Africa are doing so in their own time. Doctors and nurses involved with the charitable Operation Hernia mission are also funding their trip themselves. The clarification came after an official complaint was lodged with the hospital by the family of a hernia patient who has been waiting for an operation since May. The Herald revealed details of the mercy mission to Sekondi- Takoradi earlier this month....

2008-09-18 00:00:00

The latest review into specialist cancer treatment at a Cornwall hospital marks a U-turn by the Government, an MP claimed yesterday. Julia Goldsworthy, Lib-Dem MP for Falmouth and Camborne, welcomed the study into throat and neck cancer treatment at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, which is planned to be moved to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. The review was instigated by Professor Mike Richards, the Department of Health's national cancer director. "This is a dramatic but long...

2008-09-17 00:00:00

By Andy Greenwood Chief Reporter The Government has instigated an urgent review of threatened cancer surgery services in Cornwall. Specialist throat and neck cancer treatment at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, at Treliske, is already supposed to have moved to Plymouth's Derriford Hospital as part of a scheme to create a single, dedicated centre in the region in 2010. However, the controversial plans have been derailed by mounting opposition from patients, staff and councillors to keep the...

2008-08-31 00:00:37

The nhs has received its fair share of criticism and complaints over the years, as staff at Derriford Hospital well know. Some of this will be justified; at other times it will be harsh. The opening of Derriford's new pounds7million Critical Care Unit yesterday reminds us that despite it all, we still have one of the world's best healthcare systems, and we have it free at the point of delivery. Those in doubt just need to ask Estelle Wood and Sarah Thom, the teenagers who were given...

2008-08-30 09:00:20

What was your first experience of cystic fibrosis? I have two grandsons, now in their twenties, who were diagnosed at birth. It's a shock when you hear that news and you don't really know anything about the disease. When you are told, point-blank, they may not live beyond their teenage years, it's frightening. From the day it's diagnosed, you know you're living with a timebomb. What do you now know about the disease? It's a genetic condition which affects internal organs, especially the...

2008-08-19 00:00:30

By Helen Collis Plans for a new "heart" for northern areas of Plymouth have been unveiled, alongside proposals to expand the city's hospital. The suburb of Derriford, which has dramatically expanded with housing and businesses since the hospital was built in 1980s, will finally get the High Street, parking and additional services it needs over the next 10 years. Proposals include new road layouts and commercial and residential developments, as well as green spaces, car parks and a...

2008-08-17 18:00:51

A cancer support centre in Plymouth is to receive a pounds650,000 grant from a national charity. The Mustard Tree, based at Derriford Hospital, is now able to build a 530 sq m (5,700 sq ft) extension thanks to funding from Macmillan Cancer Support. The centre provides support to cancer patients and their families in the form of complementary therapy, benefits advice and counselling services. More than 11,500 people attended last year which meant its services were working to capacity....

2008-08-05 00:00:32

A woman had to be cut from her car and taken to hospital following an accident involving a bus in Pennycomequick. The incident, which was attended by two fire crews, ambulance personnel and police, happened at about 7pm on Saturday on Alma Road. The grey Fiat car, which the woman was driving, had three other passengers. All were aged 19 and 20 and from Cornwall. The woman, from Wadebridge, suffered suspected back and neck injuries in the incident but her injuries are not thought to be...