ELF at the RD&E

ELF is proud to have supported the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E) for over 40 years.

Since ELF was founded in 1980, we have provided direct support for patients, families and the NHS team on Yarty Ward at the RD&E Hospital.

The support we offer to the ward includes:


ELF has funded two building projects at the RD&E Hospital, including the Haematology Centre itself. The Centre, which opened in 2003, is a recognised beacon of excellence, providing treatment and medical care for people with blood cancers and disorders in a warm and comforting environment.

In 2017, following ELF's Chevithorne Fundraising Appeal, ELF fully funded the construction of a critical care unit at the RD&E's Yarty Ward. The private family suite at the end of the ward has a patient room, family room and kitchen, allowing families to stay close to their loved ones at a time of need.

Filling Time Kiosk (service temporarily closed due to COVID19 restrictions)

Anyone who is waiting in the Haematology Centre is welcome to visit our non-profit Filling Time kiosk for a mouth-watering range of fresh food, weekly specials and tea, coffee and chilled drinks at very reasonable prices.


ELF provides the NHS with vital equipment to help support patients and the Yarty Ward staff team. Equipment funded by ELF includes televisions and fridges for patients staying a month at a time in isolation rooms whilst their immune systems are suppressed, fitness equipment to help with patient rehabilitation and wellbeing, and blood storage fridges to help make life easier for the hard-working team on the ward.

Patient Support

ELF acts as a liaison between medical staff and patients. We help patients come to terms with their diagnosis, understand their treatment options and listen to any concerns they have. ELF provides a variety of services to support patients and families from diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond, helping to lighten the load of the Yarty Ward team. We also assist patients and families with any logistical or financial problems they face because of their treatment.


ELF offer a confidential counselling service at the Haematology Centre. This can be invaluable, helping people with blood cancer and their families deal both emotionally and practically with their changing circumstances. Therapy involves face-to-face sessions, where you will be encouraged to talk about your concerns and feelings in a safe, confidential space with someone who will listen without judging or criticising. 

You can make your confidential appointment through the ELF Office on 01392 493 344 or through a member of the NHS ward staff


ELF funds a complimentary aromatherapy and massage therapist, who provides a welcome moment of relaxation and tranquillity for patients undergoing long-term treatment on Yarty Ward.

Research Projects

Yarty Ward is one of the leading Haematology Centres in the UK. ELF is proud to have supported various research projects and clinical trials which have helped to develop and advance the treatments given to patients with blood cancer and related conditions.