Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford) is our largest hospital in the Trust, where many of our acute clinical services are based, including our Emergency Department and a number of highly acclaimed specialist units and centres.

As a teaching hospital, it delivers undergraduate education for a full range of clinical professions. We are the lead partner for the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health and a leading centre for high quality research and development in the South West peninsula.

More about us

The hospital is based on a large site, that houses many of our acute clinical services and specialist centres.

Clinical services delivered at Wonford include:

  • Maternity
  • Breast
  • Paediatrics
  • Neonatal
  • Diabetic Medicine
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Oncology
  • Dementia
  • Orthopaedics
  • Vascular
  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory
  • Ophthalmics
  • Healthcare for Older People
  • Neurology/Parkinson's

To find out more, please visit our services pages. 

The hospital is also home to our Chaplaincy service, responsible for supporting the pastoral, spiritual and religious care of patients, carers and staff.

Opening times

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Getting here

The hospital’s address and postcode is:

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)
Barrack Road

Our hospital site

The hospital is based on a large site, housing many of our acute clinical services and specialist centres. The main hospital building is home to many of our acute services and wards.

We have maps of the main Wonford site and the main hospital wards.

Park and Ride

Our park and ride service offers a convenient and easy alternative to driving and parking at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford) site. Simply park for free at the Sowton Park and Ride site and buy your ticket onboard the PR3/SPR3 bus.

The Sowton Park and Ride site is located on Sidmouth Road, near Junction 30 of the M5, to the east of the city. The postcode is EX2 5GL and its location is highlighted on the map below.

Click here for the latest Park and Ride timetable

The buses go directly to the Wonford site, stopping at the RILD (Research Innovation Learning & Development) building, the RD&E Hospital's main entrance, and the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre (PEOC). The buses also stop at the Digby Park and Ride site, which provides parking for staff only.

The Park and Ride is one of the most cost-effective forms of transport, with an adult return costing £2 (£1.50 single) and a child return costing £1 (80p single). 

A return ticket is only £1.50 for all English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) pass holders.

Public transport

The hospital is easily accessible using public transport and other sustainable means of travel. 

We are well served by local bus routes, from across Devon. A number of services stop at the hospital, whereas others require a connection with a local bus route from Exeter City Centre.

Both the main Exeter train stations, St Davids and Exeter Central, are around three miles from the hospital and are served by buses that travel directly to our site. 

For help planning your journey and the latest timetables please visit the websites below:


The hospital site is around one and a half miles from Exeter City centre and takes approximately 30 minutes on foot. 


Bike paths run throughout Exeter and the hospital site is easily accessible by bike. Bicycle parking is available across the site, particularly outside the main hospital entrance.

Car parking

Car parking on site is limited, with a number of paid car parks, which are highlighted on the map of our car parks. We encourage visitors to use public transport and other sustainable means of travel whenever possible (see the sections above for details).

Under section 7 of the Health and Medicines Act 1988 Hospitals were permitted and encouraged to introduce Income Generation schemes, to fund their services.

Our patient and visitor car parks are now controlled by Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras (ANPR), which will capture vehicle registrations on entry. Users simply enter their registration at the car park terminal when they return to their cars at the end of their hospital visit, and pay for the time used. Payment can be made with cash, card or contactless, or via mobile phone app. Please note the payment machines do not give change.

Car registrations are recorded only for the purposes of car park charging, and are used in compliance with Data Protection laws.

Car parking charges

  • Up to 2 Hours: £2.50
  • Up to 3 Hours: £3.50
  • Up to 4 Hours: £4.50
  • Up to 5 Hours: £5.50
  • Up to 6 Hours: £6.50
  • Up to 7 Hours: £7.50
  • 7-24 Hours: £12.50

Weekly tickets are available from the General Office, Main Entrance for patients/visitors £26.00

These charges are in operation 24/7

Entitled to free parking?

If you are currently entitled to free parking at the hospital, this will continue to be the case.

Blue Badge Holders: Simply take your Blue Badge to a reception desk on entering the hospital, and your vehicle registration will be registered for free parking. You will not need to do anything further on leaving the car park.

Volunteer drivers: Will be able to register for a 12 month permit via the staff Parking Portal, but in the meantime, you can just check your vehicle registration number in at a reception desk.

Carers and parents with children in hospital overnight: Register your vehicle at reception or at Bramble ward

Patients visiting on a regular basis for treatment i.e. Oncology, Haematology, Renal and Diabetes departments: When you attend your department reception as normal, please give the reception staff your vehicle registration number and vehicle details and they will add your vehicle to the exemption list.


Eating & drinking

TLC Restaurant (open to patients, visitors and staff)

Our hospital restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It serves a wide range of healthy and nutritious food, including; fresh homemade hot meals and deserts, a range of cold buffet items including salads, sandwiches and sweet pastries, and beverages.

Situated in Area D, on Level 2, it is open from 7.30am - 7.45pm, 7 days a week.

Meals are served at the following times:

  • Breakfast - 7.30am to 11am
  • Lunch - 11.45am to 2.15pm
  • Afternoon Snacks – 2.15pm to 5pm
  • Supper - 5pm to 7.30pm

Savour Coffee Shop (open to patients, visitors and staff)

Our Savour coffee shop is open for hot & cold breakfast items, a wide variety of snacks, sandwiches, paninis and sweet pastries as well as a range of hot & cold beverages.

  • Monday to Friday: 7am - 8pm
  • Weekends: 9.30am - 4.30pm

You can eat-in or takeaway and we have additional outdoor seating in a courtyard.  

Fine fillings (open to patients, visitors and staff)

We have three a la carte sandwich bars on the Wonford site, serving a wide range of freshly made sandwiches and baguettes (made to order), baked jacket potatoes, pasties, cakes and a selection of hot & cold beverages.

These can be found at the following locations and are open Monday to Friday:

  • Main Entrance, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford): 11am - 3.30pm
  • Main Foyer, RILD: 8am - 5pm
  • Main Entrance, Child & Women’s Health: 8am - 5.30pm

Cafés (open to patients, visitors and staff)

We also have two smaller cafés on the Wonford site which offer a selection of sandwiches, pasties, cakes as well as hot and cold drinks.

These can be found at the following locations and are open Monday to Friday:

  • Waterside, Medical Outpatients: 9am - 4pm
  • Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre Outpatient area: 9am - 4pm

Vending machines

There are a number of vending machines located across the site offering a selection of healthy food & drinks.


Elf Charity Shop

This has small items for purchase and a café area. It can be found in the Waterside area, in Medical Outpatients, Level 1.


Boots (open to patients, visitors and staff)

Provides a safe, high quality, and person-centred outpatient pharmacy service for patients, visitors and staff. Expert pharmacists and technicians are there to dispense medicines on behalf of the Trust and share their professional advice. Boots onsite services include:

  • The dispensing of outpatient prescriptions
  • Pharmacy advice regarding medications
  • A wide range of over-the-counter medicines
  • A range of retail products including sandwiches and essential toiletries
  • Expert advice around a range of community pharmacy services

Boots can be found on Level 1, P Template. It is open at the following times:

• Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm
• Saturday 9am – 1pm
• Sunday Closed

Please note the Boots UK Hospital Outpatient Pharmacies are only able to dispense prescriptions from the Trust. For all other prescription types please ask a member of the Boots team for assistance.

Cash machines

There are two cash machines on the Wonford site:

  • Hospital Main Entrance
  • Outside of TLC Restaurant

Wards at RD&E (Wonford)

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Contact details

For general enquiries, please call our main hospital switchboard on 01392 411611, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For further contacts, please visit our Get in touch page.

Please see our services pages for direct contact details for our services. 

Last updated: May 14, 2024


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