About us

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust runs a general hospital (Torbay Hospital) serving the South Devon area.

We receive our income from commissioners; other NHS organisations who receive an allocation of NHS money from the government each year and who decide on the healthcare priorities for the local population. Most of our income comes from South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group.

The amount of income that the hospital Trust receives depends on the number of patients it treats.

The biggest part of the Trust’s work is emergency treatment. Over 78,000 patients a year come through Torbay Hospital’s Emergency Department (A&E).

The South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust catchment area covers 300 square miles – from South Dartmoor to the length of coastline which stretches from the mouth of the River Exe (Dawlish), past the Teign and Dart estuaries (beyond Dartmouth). Torbay Hospital therefore serves a resident population of approaching 300,000 people, plus about 100,000 visitors at any one time during the summer holiday season.

The community (or “cottage”) hospitals across South Devon, and a wide range of community health (and some social care) services are run by the other local NHS organisations.

South Devon Healthcare was one of the first NHS Trusts (established in 1991) and was authorised as one of the early NHS Foundation Trusts in 2007, and has a large public membership.

Torbay Hospital dates from 1928 on its current site on the edge of Torquay.

Torbay Hospital has benefited from the generous support of its League of Friends for more than 50 years.

South Devon Healthcare is one of Devon’s biggest employers with over 4000 paid staff as well as hundreds of volunteers.

Facts and figures about Torbay Hospital
Population servedApprox. 300,000 (+ 100,00 in summer)
Trust catchment area300 square miles
Number of staff4,262 (3,622.49 full time equivalents) as at 30/06/2015
Number of volunteersApprox. 800 (across Torbay Hospital and the community)
Average miles walked by A&E nurse in 12 hour shift12
Torbay Hospital League of FriendsEstablished 1954 – more than £15million raised since then
Activity for the year 2014/15:
A&E attendances78,162
Babies born2,479
Outpatients attendances (new)126,768
Outpatients attendances (follow up)291,210
Inpatient stays (emergency)35,284
Inpatient stays (planned)4,979
Day case surgery patients (planned)33,052
Outpatients procedures65,146
Total procedures103,177
Average length of stay3 days (compared to 29 in 1910!)
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