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Internal Critical Incident

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This morning (Tuesday 4 January) we communicated to our staff that we are operating in an internal critical incident. This is due to the high pressure on urgent care services and increasing demand for COVID beds. We currently have 99 COVID positive patients across Derriford and our three community hospitals and just under 500 staff absent for COVID-related reasons.

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Running the London Marathon without bladder and prostate but with a Urostomy Bag!

Running the London Marathon without bladder and prostate but with a Urostomy Bag!

 

In 2017, Peter Barnwell was diagnosed with bladder cancer in the form of CIS (Carcinoma in situ).  Over the next couple of years, he had many courses of treatment delivered at the Chestnut Unit at University Hospitals Plymouth.  Unfortunately, in January 2020 Peter had to undergo a Radical Cystectomy to remove his bladder and prostate.  Despite being very concerned about the effect this could have on his lifestyle, the alternative was far worse.  The operation went well, followed by a quick recovery, and within three months he was leading a normal life – or as normal as Covid would permit.

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