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Successful Developments 

The Courtyard of the Terence Lewis Building

Making Good Progress

In recent years, the Trust has been transforming its buildings and facilities to provide patients and staff with state-of-the-art facilities to be treated in and to work within.

In 2007, the Terence Lewis Building opened housing a specially-designed cardiothoracic unit and Discovery Library; the pre-operative assessment unit on Marlborough ward and the pre-operative admissions unit on Fal ward began taking patients and the larger and state-of-the-art 21st century general intensive care unit was officially opened on 29 August 2008.

As we change the way we deliver our services, our buildings need to change too. They need to be modernised and fit for 21st century healthcare. This is about giving patients the healthcare facilities they expect and deserve. We want the best buildings, wards and rooms that ensure patient privacy and dignity, support our infection control standards and meet the expectations of patients.

As much as we would like to do everything at once, it would cause massive disruption. Under this plan, we are doing things bit by bit in affordable chunks and in a way that causes minimum disruption to patients and staff.  We will only be able to continue to deliver these improvements if we produce financial surpluses that we can then reinvest - so our plans also demonstrate a public organisation being very responsible with its finances.

The Royal Eye Infirmary
As part of plans to develop and enhance the ophthalmology services offered by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust the Royal Eye Infirmary relocated from it's site at Mutley Plain to state-of-the-art, purpose built facilities at the Derriford Hospital site. Read more by following this link

Haemodialysis Unit

To improve the patient experience and to enable the works for the relocation of eye services to start, the Trust has moved the Haemodialysis Unit off site to a purpose-built unit at Estover, which provides state of the art facilities for patients in a community setting, by professional staff, whilst still maintaining high standards of care.

Based in Eaton Business Park, off Plymbridge Road in the city, the new unit has free parking for patients and will see more than 180 kidney failure patients a year. There is a growing need for dialysis, as rising diabetes rates and an ageing population mean an increasing number of people suffering from kidney disease.

The open-plan unit has 29 haemodialysis stations, either in four or two-station bays. It also has four single rooms. Each station has a ceiling-mounted television. Patients helped to design the facility, and will be consulted on artwork which is set to include nature scenes and poetry. As well as providing on-site dialysis, the unit will train people in home dialysis and prepare them for transplants.

It is hoped the 'satellite unit' will be the first of several run by the hospital across the region, which could be based in Ivybridge and Launceston. The aim is to cut down travel times for patients. 

Plym Children and Young People's Theatre Unit
A dedicated theatre suite has been developed so that children are treated in a child friendly environment.  Click this link for further information and pictures

A Dedicated Children's Area
A dedicated children’s area has been created at Derriford’s Emergency (A&E) Department where children feel less anxious and nervous, while waiting to be seen, as well as during their treatment. Staff too are enjoying the benefits of a brighter, friendlier environment.

Previously children and adults had to share the Emergency Department which was not an ideal situation, especially for younger people. Working in an Emergency Department can also be stressful at times, the new, brighter area is helping to cheer up the children and the staff.

The new area includes:

  • A new layout to help improve patient treatment
  • Improved treatment rooms
  • A new reception 
  • Better waiting areas
  • New seating
  • A dedicated zone for children where they can wait and be treated 
  • Children’s toilets
  • Redecoration
  • Improved facilities for disabled patients
  • New flooring




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