Building work has started in the Trelawny Wing at the Royal Cornwall Hospital to create a new specialist head and neck and vascular surgery ward.
The £325,000 project is part of RCHTs clinical site development programme, which has so far invested £35 million in new and refurbished facilities and hi-tech equipment, with a further £6 million of schemes currently underway. A large part of the programme is the relocation of different medical and surgical specialties so they sit alongside, or close to, similar or related services.
“Our plan centres around the creation of ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ hubs within the Trelawny Wing and Tower Block at the hospital,” explains Dr Paul Upton, Medical Director. “Broadly that means putting our emergency and higher complexity services in the Trelawny Wing – our ‘hot’ hub - and planned and less complex services in the Tower Block – our ‘cold’ hub. That way patients arriving at ED with major trauma or those more likely need intensive care, specialist scans or hi-tech facilities, such as our interventional radiology suite, will have them all in close proximity.”
The specialist head & neck and vascular surgical ward, which will be named Wheal Coates ward, is the next part of the project and involves the redesign of an existing ward template. Works include the provision of a head and neck treatment room and a number of new and better equipped assisted bathrooms to improve the patient experience. There will also be a new staff room and more storage facilities for ward essentials, as well as a number of measures to further improve infection prevention and control.
The project begins the formation of a dedicated surgical floor on the second floor of the Trelawny Wing and the six week construction programme is due to complete just before Christmas.