"Excellent care but more ward staff in evenings..."
About: North Devon District Hospital North Devon District Hospital Barnstaple EX31 4JB
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I spent 5 days on a ward at NDDH last year following self-admission into A&E. What had begun as tonsilitis had progressed quickly into something far more serious. Staff recognised the issues quickly and I was up on a ward by evening with strong antibiotics and the best painkillers money can buy! I had an excellent experience overall- what I could eat of the food later in the week was mostly good, cleanliness of the ward was excellent and the care I received from the day nurses in particular was second to none. The only complaint I would make? The nurses, who do such a fantastic job, were very understaffed overnight and- as they, understandably, had far more dependent "guests" to look after were often very busy resulting in late medication (one night up to 3 hours late). What was my first ever visit as an inpatient to any hospital was made as pleasant as possible and though I hope to never have to stay again, would certainly have no issue in doing so at NDDH.