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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, situated in Wonford and Heavitree, Exeter, and is part of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
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Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Wonford
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital is located in Devon
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
Shown in Devon
LocationWonford and Heavitree both in Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates50°43′01″N 3°30′23″W / 50.71684°N 3.50636°W / 50.71684; -3.50636Coordinates: 50°43′01″N 3°30′23″W / 50.71684°N 3.50636°W / 50.71684; -3.50636
Care systemNHS
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityUniversity of Exeter and Plymouth University
Emergency departmentAccident & Emergency
Beds797 inpatient beds and 80 day case beds[1]

The hospital is used for the clinical training of medical students from the University of Plymouth[2] and the University of Exeter.[3]



The original site in Southernhay
Previous 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.[4] Through their funding, construction of the new hospital in the city centre area of Southernhay was completed and the hospital opened in 1743.[4] In 1899, George V, then the Duke of York, and his wife visited the hospital and granted it permission to use the "Royal" title.[4] Despite the city being regularly subjected to air raids during the Second World War, the hospital escaped damage.[4] In 1948 it became part of the newly formed National Health Service.[4]

The hospital moved to a new building on the Wonford site in 1974.[4] In 1985 the building was found to have concrete cancer.[4] The replacement buildings were built over several phases with the first phase being completed in 1992, the second phase being completed in 1996, the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry opening in 2004 and a new maternity and gynaecology unit, known as the "centre for women's health", opening at Wonford in 2007.[4]


The hospital is a large hospital[5] set across two sites in Wonford and Heavitree.[1][6]

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Notable births include:

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  1. ^ a b "RD&E NHS FT - About the Trust". Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Clinical School". University of Plymouth. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Research, Innovation, Learning and Development (RILD)". University of Exeter. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital". Exeter Memories. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Emergency Medicine F1 Foundation Programme". Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Getting to the RD&E NHS FT". Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Luke Treadaway". Visions of you. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Harry Treadaway". Visions of you. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Bradley James". IMDB. Retrieved 11 September 2018.

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