taff of Jubilee Ward were joined on the opening day by Paul Humphreys (far left), Capital Operations Manager, and Angela Hibbard (far right), Chief Finance Officer - Credit: RD&E Trust

New Jubilee Ward opens at North Devon District Hospital

Joseph Bulmer

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating opening its second site named after the Queen.

Jubilee Ward, the Royal Devon’s newest inpatient ward, opened on the North Devon District Hospital site.

Named in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the ward will care exclusively for inpatients having elective orthopaedic surgery such as knee and hip operations.

One of the first three patients to be treated in the ward was Leonard Perry, from Bideford, who has been waiting for a hip replacement operation. He was delighted to be in the new ward. “It’s lovely in here,” he said, “this new ward is gorgeous.”

Mr Luke Brunton, Orthopaedic Consultant, said: “It’s really exciting to get back to what we do best – treating our patients.

“Jubilee Ward is an amazing facility which will give us the opportunity to continue to provide world-leading care in Northern Devon.”

Jubilee Ward joins the Royal Devon’s other site named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre (PEOC), which is based in Exeter.

The centre, which was first named the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital, was opened on November 16, 1927, by the Queen’s mother, the Duchess of York, using a 'golden key' for the occasion.

It was named after the Duchess of York’s infant daughter Princess Elizabeth, the present Queen, at her request.

Today, The Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre (PEOC) is known for its clinical excellence and innovation and is a regional referral centre for complex cases.

The centre has five operating theatres and carries out elective orthopaedic surgery including hip, knee, spinal, and shoulder, and treats children’s joints, muscles, and bones.

Jonathan Howell, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “PEOC is home to a number of innovations, with the most notable being the Exeter hip replacement, which started over 50 years ago and is now used across the globe.”