Latest News — articles for 2022

Derriford’s staff and patients attend Learning Disability event at the House of Commons

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust’s Learning Disability and Autism team were invited, along with DUG (Derriford Users Group) members, to a Parliamentary event in the House of Commons on the 15th June 2022. The event served as the launch of MENCAP’s latest report: Loneliness, Mental Health and Coronavirus: research findings as well as a good opportunity for attendees from across the country to share their experiences of living with a learning disability during the last few years.

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New Hospital Passport app set to improve hospital experience for patients with learning disabilities

This month saw the launch of the new Hospital Passport (HP) app at University Hospitals Plymouth. The app has been created to support people with a learning disability to be able to tell hospital staff what their needs are, what they like and do not like and details that might affect their care. The Hospital Passport has traditionally been a paper document that patients needed to carry around but with today’s technology, it is more practical and efficient to use a phone or portable device, to keep the information safe and readily available. The Derriford User Group  (DUG) (a local group of people with  learning disabilities) has helped design the new digital version. Funding from Plymouth Hospitals Charity has built the app and will support the roll out of this new service.

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Largest analysis of trapped patients injured in motor vehicle collisions reveals important differences in relation to age and gender, as well as higher mortality rates

A series of studies conducted by consultants at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust have revealed that not only are patients who become trapped when involved in a car accident more likely to die, but that there are also significant differences in injuries sustained according to age and sex.

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Sir Gary Streeter visits Plymouth’s critical care unit to learn about difficulties faced by patients

Councellor Rebecca Smith, Lue Gallie, Sister Kate Tantam, Consultant Therapist Jude Fewings and Sir Gary Streeter

Within the first year, 50% of ICU patients will be readmitted to hospital, resulting in not just greater resource utilisation, but also a greater loss of working and school days for patients and their carers. This was recognised as a public health issue in 2009 by NICE, although surveillance in 2018 noted that only 27.3% of organisations reported any form of post-critical care follow-up of patients, and 6.8% reported the availability of a rehabilitation programme.

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Camille to become Clinical Director for UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network

Dr Camille Carroll

Parkinson’s UK has today announced three new senior appointments to their Excellence Network Clinical Leadership team. Dr Camille Carroll, Consultant Neurologist at University Hospitals Plymouth, will take up the joint role of Clinical Director, together with Professor Richard Walker, Consultant Geriatrician at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

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