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North Devon District Hospital

North Devon District Hospital
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
Location Barnstaple, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 423
Founded 23 November 1979
(Official opening)
Lists Hospitals in England

North Devon District Hospital is an NHS district general hospital in the town of Barnstaple, North Devon, England run by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. It occupies the site of the historic manor house of Raleigh, in the former parish of Pilton, seat of the locally influential Chichester family. Its building was promoted by Jeremy Thorpe when he was MP for Devon North and it opened in 1979. It has an Accident & Emergency department, an intensive care unit and a day case unit, and is operated by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. The hospital has 423 beds.

The Trust was criticised by the Taxpayers Alliance in December 2013 for spending more than £370,000 on 870 tablet devices for staff. The Trust said that these devices were necessary for staff who covered a wide area and saved money.[1]

In April 2014 the Trust achieved a high rating in a Care Quality Commission survey of adult inpatients, with not a single low score given for any aspect of care. It was rated better than other hospitals nationally for specific aspects of nursing regarding communication, confidence and trust and whether there were enough nurses on duty.[2]

It was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top hundred NHS trusts to work for in 2015. At that time it had 3603 full time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 3.43%. 76% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 68% recommended it as a place to work.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Northern Devon Healthcare Trust spends £370,000 on tablet devices". North Devon Journal. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "North Devon District Hospital rated among best in country for patient experience in national survey". North Devon Journal. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "HSJ reveals the best places to work in 2015". Health Service Journal. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 

External links

  • North Devon Primary Care Trust Website
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