Emergency Department

The Emergency Department at Derriford Hospital provides 24 hours a day, seven days a week access for patients with a variety of urgent and emergency conditions. The Emergency Department is located on level 6 at Derriford Hospital, adjacent to the helipad.

Key facts:

  • Large, modern department, part of a designated major trauma centre
  • 93,000 new patients per year - this includes 20,000 children and young people
  • Sited within a large acute hospital providing a full range of specialist services
  • Broad urban-rural case-mix
  • Helicopter landing site
  • Clinical Decision Unit
  • Emergency Department review clinics
  • Training department for medical students from Peninsula Medical School and nursing/paramedic students from the University of Plymouth (pre and post registration)
  • Provides medical support for the British Antartic Survey Unit (BASMU)
  • Strong Links with Defence Medical Services

The department includes:

  • Reception area
  • Four-bay resuscitation room with overhead x-ray and full monitoring facilities
  • A majors area comprising 17 cubicles
  • A minors area with 2 triage cubicles and 7 assessment and treatment cubicles
  • A dedicated Paediatric area with 3 cubicles 
  • Two walk in theatres for minor procedures 
  • Plaster room
  • Relatives room 
  • Seminar room
  • Offices

Senior Medical Staff: 
Mr P A Belsham
Dr I Higginson
Mr D Alao
Dr D Boon
Dr D Wise
Dr A Hicks
Surgeon Commander J Smith
Dr A Kehoe
Lt Colonel S Horne
Surgeon Commander D Henning
Lt Col Ian Gurney
Dr B Newstead
Mr A Kelly
Dr A Rickard
Dr R Campbell
Dr T Nutbeam
Dr R Parry
Dr C Bosanko
Dr N Bothma
Other members of the ED Team include Speciality Doctors, teaching/academic fellows, Specialist Registrars, junior doctors (F1s, F2s, SHOs and ST1/2s), advanced nurse practitioners, 12 emergency nurse practitioner and extended scope practitioners, nursing staff including healthcare assistants, porters, reception and clerical staff, occupational therapists and a houskeeper

Telephone number: 01752 439091



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