Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

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Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Entrance to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Wonford - - 1072819.jpg
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Wonford
Location Wonford, Exeter and Heavitree, Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Peninsula Medical School
Emergency department Yes, Accident & Emergency
Beds 797 inpatient beds and 80 day case beds[1]
Founded 1743
Lists Hospitals in England

The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (commonly referred to as RD&E), is a large[2] teaching hospital situated in Exeter, Devon, England.[1] The hospital has two sites, Wonford and Heavitree.[1][3]

The hospital is part of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

The hospital is used for clinical training of medical students from the Peninsula Medical School which is maintained by the University of Plymouth and the University of Exeter. It will also be one of the main sites for clinical placements for the new University of Exeter medical school, which takes its first students in 2013.


Alured Clarke, the newly appointed Dean of Exeter, had helped with the establishment of a cottage hospital in Winchester (it has since become the Royal Hampshire County Hospital) and proposed the idea to local gentlemen. Through their funding, construction was completed and the hospital opened in 1743. In 1899, George V, then the Duke of York, and his wife visited the hospital and granted it permission to use the "Royal" title. Despite the city being regularly subjected to air raids during World War II, the hospital escaped damage. In 1948 it became part of the newly formed NHS. In 1985 the building was found to have concrete cancer. The new and current buildings were built over several phases, with the first two phases being completed during the 1990s, Peninsula Medical School opening in 2004 and a new maternity and gynaecology unit opening at Wonford in 2007.[4]

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Heavitree

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  1. ^ a b c "RD&E NHS FT - About the Trust". Retrieved 2015-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Emergency Medicine F1 Foundation Programme". Retrieved 2015-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Getting to the RD&E NHS FT". Retrieved 2015-02-28. 
  4. ^ David Cornforth. "The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital". Exeter Memories. Retrieved 2015-02-28. 

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Coordinates: 50°43′01″N 3°30′23″W / 50.71684°N 3.50636°W / 50.71684; -3.50636