New ward for male patients at North Devon District Hospital

Kevin Marsh, director of nursing, performs the official opening of Lundy Ward in front of staff and

Kevin Marsh, director of nursing, performs the official opening of Lundy Ward in front of staff and guests. Picture: Submitted. - Credit: Archant

The ward on level 3 of NDDH has undergone a £450,000 refurbishment.

Male patients recovering from surgery at North Devon District Hospital can enjoy a better environment following the opening of a new ward.

Lundy Ward was officially opened by Kevin Marsh, director of nursing for the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, following a £450,000 refurbishment.

The ward contains 13 side rooms, nine of which have en-suite facilities, with improved lighting, paintwork and artwork.

Ward sister Gemma Lilley commissioned local photographer Stephen Ring to adorn the walls with 16 stunning views of Devon, which are already having a therapeutic effect on patients.


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Andrea Bell, interim senior nurse for surgery, said: “Gemma was caring for a patient one day who was feeling low in mood following a recent operation.

“She managed to persuade him to go for a walk where they were chatting about the pictures on the walls.

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“This had an amazing uplifting effect on the patient who cheered up after reminiscing about the photographs on display. His wife said he was a new man after his walk.”

The ward replaces the former Fortescue Ward.

Andrea added: “The team was sad to say goodbye to Fortescue Ward, especially the name, but have settled well into their new environment.

“The biggest difference has been the impact of the environment on our patients.”

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