Who we care for

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is the largest hospital in the south west peninsula, providing comprehensive secondary and tertiary healthcare. Our geography gives us a secondary care catchment population of 450,000 with a wider peninsula population of almost 2,000,000 people who can access our specialist services. The population is characterised by its diversity – the rural and the urban, the wealthy and pockets of deprivation, and wide variance in health and life expectancy. We work within a network of other hospitals to offer a range of specialist services such as kidney transplant, cardiothoracic surgery and neonatal intensive care and high risk obstetrics.

A Regional Specialist Teaching Hospital
We provide comprehensive training and education for a wide range of healthcare professionals. The Trust works in partnership with both Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry and the University of Exeter Medical School. We also support the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter in the delivery of courses for the Faculty of Health and Social Work. With university campuses in Plymouth, Exeter, Truro and Taunton, along with teaching facilities in Bristol, the Faculty of Health and Social Work is one of the largest providers of nursing, midwifery, social work and health professional education and training in the South West.

Leading transformation
At University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, we are working hard with partners across Devon’s Sustainable Transformation Plan and more locally in Plymouth to improve the services available for patients. Our Medical Director, Dr Phil Hughes, is the clinical lead for the Acute Service Review being run as part of Devon STP, whilst in Plymouth we have recently signed a partnership agreement with one of the larger GP groups, Beacon Medical Group.

A big employer and city player
We recognise our role in the city as a big employer with circa 7,000 staff and volunteers and as an influential organisation, for example in our ability to attract investment into research. Our Chief Executive, Ann James, sits on the Plymouth Growth Board whilst our role as host for the South West Defence Medical Group connects us to the military tradition of the city. We have a tri-service staff of 200+ military doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals fully integrated within the hospital workplace, working and training alongside their NHS counterparts, treating the local community.

Our Trust’s services benefit greatly from the skills of military clinicians, particularly in Trauma & Orthopaedics, Radiology and the Emergency Department. Many of them bring unique experiences and knowledge from their deployments and this, in turn, benefits Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and our patients.

Our Hospitals and Centres
We provide services for patients at the following main sites as well as through clinics at other local hospitals and care centres:

  • Derriford Hospital including The Royal Eye Infirmary (REI)
    We offer the widest range of hospital based services in the Peninsula. What sets our Trust apart from the majority of acute hospital trusts is both the scope and scale of the services we offer on one site.
  • Minor Injuries Units
    We offer urgent care for minor injuries and illness at the Minor Injury Unit, Cumberland Centre as well as at minor injury units in Tavistock and Kingsbridge.
  • Child Development Centre
    Developmental services for young children are provided at the Child Development Centre, Scott Business Park.
  • The Plymouth Dialysis Unit
    Patients needing treatment for renal failure are cared for in state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities in Eaton Business Park.
  • Radiology Academy
    The Plymouth Radiology Academy is the only purpose-built Radiology Academy in the world and provides an inspirational environment in which to learn radiology.


Our vision

To provide excellent care, with compassion, wrapped around people’s individual needs

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Our Values

These are the principles that underpin everything we do and should be reflected in our decision-making behaviour.  We will:

  • Put patients first 
  • Take ownership 
  • Respect others 
  • Be positive 
  • Listen, learn, improve