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 and Heavitree both in Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Care system 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

The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (commonly referred to as RD&E), is a large teaching hospital situated in Exeter, Devon, England. The hospital has two sites, Wonford and Heavitree. and is part of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

The hospital is used for the clinical training of medical students from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD) and the University of Exeter Medical School (UEMS), as well as for medical imaging students from the University of Exeter and nursing students from Plymouth University.


Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Heavitree

In the mid-18th century, Alured Clarke, the newly appointed Dean of Exeter who had already helped with the establishment of a cottage hospital in Winchester (which has since become the Royal Hampshire County Hospital), proposed the idea of a new hospital in Exeter 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. The original hospital was in the city centre area of Southernhay, the building still exists opposite the South Gate hotel. The hospital moved to a new building on the Wonford site in 1972. 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 College of Medicine and Dentistry opening in 2004 and a new maternity and gynaecology unit opening at Wonford in 2007.[2]

Today, the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital is a large hospital in Exeter,[3] set across two sites in Wondford and Heavitree.[1][4]

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  1. ^ a b "RD&E NHS FT - About the Trust". Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  2. ^ David Cornforth. "The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital". Exeter Memories. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Emergency Medicine F1 Foundation Programme". Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Getting to the RD&E NHS FT". Retrieved 14 August 2016. 

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