Sir David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive has praised the innovation and integration at West Cornwall Hospital to provide care closer to where people live.
On a visit to the Penzance hospital today he spoke to patients and staff in the new Urgent Care Centre and refurbished Medical Ward 2.
In June 2012, the new Urgent Care Centre at West Cornwall Hospital opened its doors to patients combining the skills of hospital doctors and GPs to provide 24/7 urgent care cover to meet community needs. In addition an increasing number of services are now provided in Penzance at the new treatment centre including audiology, ophthalmology and enhanced diagnostic tests – all part of a recent £5 million investment programme.
On Medical Ward 2, Sir David Nicholson also visited the new Dementia Café, to aid dementia patients during their stay. This was part of the recent £250,000 refurbishment funded by the Hospital’s League of Friends.
Sir David Nicholson said of his visit:
“I am delighted to see the innovative work underway at West Cornwall Hospital and the commitment of health professionals to work together to deliver the very best care for patients. This is a time of significant challenge and change in the NHS and it is vital that we remain focused on our core purpose - delivering great outcomes for patients. The progress at West Cornwall Hospital is an example to others of what can be achieved when managers, clinicians and communities work together.”
Lezli Boswell, Chief Executive at RCHT said:
“I am committed to providing an increasing number of our services closer to where people live. I want Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust to be recognised as a provider of high quality and compassionate care. West Cornwall Hospital offers a great range of services with great patient feedback and is an excellent partnership model for other local hospitals across the country.”
Dr Colin Philip, Chair of NHS Kernow said:
“I am proud of the work we have done together at West Cornwall Hospital to meet the needs of the local community. The new Urgent Care Centre in Penzance is a perfect example of what can achieved through GP Commissioning and putting the patient at the centre of our health and social care strategy.”