Derriford Hospital

Derriford Hospital is a large teaching hospital in Plymouth, England. The hospital serves Plymouth and nearby areas of Devon and Cornwall. It also provides tertiary cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery and renal transplant surgery for the whole of the South West Peninsula. It is managed by the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. It was designated a Regional Trauma Centre in 2013. A helipad capable of night operation was opened in 2015, to replace the existing daytime-only grass pad. The hospital is used for clinical training of medical students from the Peninsula Medical School which is maintained by the University of Plymouth. It is one of five hospitals with an attached MOD hospital unit to cater to service personnel.

Derriford Hospital
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
The front entrance to the Hospital in 2008
Location in Devon
LocationDerriford, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates50.4162°N 04.1141°W / 50.4162; -04.1141
Care systemPublic NHS
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityPeninsula Medical School
Emergency departmentYes Accident & Emergency
Founded9 June 1981 (official opening)
ListsHospitals in England


In 1950, there was a proposal for a single hospital for the Plymouth area. The regional hospital board decided that this would be built at Derriford, at the cost of £2 million (equivalent to £67,311,064 in 2018). The planned hospital was expected to have around 900 beds, and would be built service by service as the other hospitals around Plymouth are closed.[1] After all services transferred from Plymouth General Hospital and renal services started transferring from the Freedom Fields Hospital, Derriford Hospital officially opened in 1981 and became the primary hospital in Plymouth.[2] When it opened, two wards were allocated to create a school for hospitalised children. The school continued to provide education for 30 years until it was replaced by the newly-opened Plymouth Hospital and Outreach School in 2011.[3]

In August 2011, a purpose built dialysis unit was added to the hospital[4] and, in 2012, the Peninsula Trauma Centre opened, receiving 400 patients by Air Ambulance each year. In 2015, a new helipad was built at the hospital, at the cost of £1.7 million. The new helipad is large enough to accept search and rescue helicopters, and was the first in the region to allow night time landings.[5]


Derriford is a teaching hospital, linked to the Peninsula Medical School, and has a Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit integrated into the facility, with military personnel working in medical roles. The hospital includes specialist services, including pancreatic cancer surgery, plastic surgery and neonatal intensive care. In 2016, more than 48,000 people used the hospital each week, accessing 900 beds and 1,000 car parking spaces. The bus terminal at the hospital is the second largest in Plymouth.[4]

See also


  1. "One hospital for Plymouth area". Western Morning News. 5 June 1950. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  2. "Further information for record Ref: 1074". Plymouth City Council. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  3. "Further information for record Ref: 1601". Plymouth City Council. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  4. "Where we provide care:Derriford Hospital". Plymouth Hospitals. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  5. "Derriford Hospital's new £1.7million helipad is launched". Plymouth Herald. 6 June 2015. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
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