Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
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|Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital|
|Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust|
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Wonford
|Location||Wonford, Exeter and Heavitree, Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom|
|Care system||Public NHS|
|Affiliated university||Peninsula Medical School|
|Emergency department||Yes, Accident & Emergency|
|Beds||797 inpatient beds and 80 day case beds|
|Lists||Hospitals in England|
The hospital is part of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, which also runs Honeylands Children’s Centre (for specialist assessment and support for children with special needs and their families), the Exeter Mobility Centre (providing orthotics, prosthetics, wheelchairs and special seating), and the Mardon Neuro-rehabilitation Centre. The trust's application for NHS Foundation Trust status was approved in December 2003 and the trust became an NHS Foundation Trust on 1 April 2004, making it one of the first in the country to achieve this new status.
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.
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- Patient services available (with waiting times) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital