University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, formerly known as Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is the organisation which runs Derriford Hospital, and the recently (2013) co-located Royal Eye Infirmary (REI), as well as the Child Development Centre in Plymouth, Devon. The trust is an NHS trust that provides secondary health services in Plymouth and surrounding areas.

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Former namePlymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
TypeNHS hospital trust
HeadquartersDerriford Hospital, Plymouth, Devon PL6 8DH
Region servedPlymouth, West Devon and South East Cornwall, England
EstablishmentsDerriford Hospital, Royal Eye Infirmary, Child Development Centre
ChairRichard Crompton
Chief executiveAnn James

It is one of six centres used by the Defence Medical Services.


University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is runs Derriford Hospital, the Royal Eye Infirmary since 2013 and Plymouth's Child Development centre. [1] It also manages community midwifery services in Plymouth, runs clinics, and manages the Peninsula Radiology Academy.[2]

It had planned to integrate with Livewell Southwest, a local social enterprise providing integrated health and social care services which was set up as a community interest company in 2011 as part of the Transforming Community Services initiative,[3] however this integration was quietly cancelled following the discovery that continuing the integration would have been illegal.

In October 2018 it decided to move all its non-urgent orthopaedic surgery, about 200 cases a month, to the nearby Peninsula Treatment Centre, which is run by Care UK, in order to free up space at Derriford Hospital during the winter. In the winter of 2017 it was forced to fill an orthopaedic ward with medical emergency patients. The operations will still be conducted by the Trust's staff.[4]


The Trust has recorded a financial deficit each year since 2010 and expects to continue to do so for the next five years.[5]The trust cancelled 648 operations at the last minute for non-clinical reasons between January and March 2015 - the highest number of any trust in England.[6]

The trust has an arrangement with BMI Healthcare for cardiac surgery performed by the trust’s own surgeons at the London Independent Hospital. This is mainly valve replacements and coronary artery bypass grafts. Patients usually spend 5–8 days in hospital and are admitted the night before to take account of travelling.[7]

The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group gave the trust a £2.4 million advance payment in November 2015 to help its cash balance.[8] In February 2016 it was expecting a deficit of £36 million for the year.[9]

According to the British Orthopaedic Association the Peninsula Trauma Centre at Derriford was the best in the country in 2016 for treating open fractures.[10]

See also


  1. Overview; retrieved 26 October 2014
  2. PENRA; retrieved October 26th 2014
  3. "Trust's integration with social enterprise raises merger prospects". Health Service Journal. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  4. "Plymouth hospital in 'pioneering' deal with private health company". BBC. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  5. "Plymouth struggles to meet break-even duty". Health Service Journal. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  6. "Surge in cancelled NHS operations". Daily Telegraph. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  7. "Enhancing the independent sector's role can ease pressure". Health Service Journal. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  8. "Devon trust 'fast running out of cash' gets £2.4m advance payment". Health Service Journal. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  9. "One in four trusts plunge deeper into the red". Health Service Journal. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  10. "Derriford Hospital named best in country for treating serious fractures". Plymouth Herald. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
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