About The RD&E

A Foundation Trust

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) provides specialist and acute hospital services and community services to a core population of about 460,000 people in Exeter and throughout East and Mid Devon.

We work in partnership with Exeter University to carry out cutting edge research into new treatments and improved understanding of disease. 

Each year our committed and compassionate 8,000 staff provides over 100,000 emergency department attendances, over 360,000 outpatient attendances and over 127,000 admissions.


Nationally and internationally recognised in specialist fields including the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre (PEOC), the Centre for Women’s Health (Maternity, Neonatology and Gynaecology ), Cancer Services, Renal Services, Exeter Mobility Centre and Mardon Neuro-Rehabilitation Centre, we also provide services to patients from further afield.

During 2016/17 the Trust’s expenditure was £454 million. The full range of hospital and community services provided by the RD&E, plus details of individual wards and departments can be found on our public website.


In 2004, the RD&E became an NHS Foundation Trust, giving us greater freedom and flexibility in how we run our services for the benefit of the local community.

Our members play an important role, electing representatives to the Council of Governors . The Council has a real say in the RD&E’s future priorities, including who fills key posts on the Board, holding the Board to account and representing members’ views. This gives staff and local people a genuine stake in the RD&E’s services and how they develop.

The Board of Directors is led by the Chairman of the Trust Mr James Brent, and is made up of executive and non-executive directors.

The RD&E in Numbers

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Public and Staff Members

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