One of eight more projects currently underway as part of RCHT’s clinical site development plan is the expansion of the Theatre Direct unit in the Trelawny Wing at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.
The £500,000 project will see the creation of new male and female waiting and changing areas, 2 additional side rooms and 6 consenting rooms for private discussion between patients and clinicians prior to surgery. The nurse’s station is also being relocated to make it easier for the Theatre Direct team to keep an eye on patients in the unit.
Taking advantage of a chance to review plans on site as building works continue, Theatre Direct charge nurse, Gemma Ayling said, "It will improve the patient experience, particularly privacy and dignity. The flow of patients will be much better and we'll be able to cope with more patients and take pressure off the wards."
Theatre Direct has proven a successful improvement to the pathway for patients coming to the Royal Cornwall Hospital for planned surgery. They are admitted to the unit on the morning of their surgery and go straight from there to theatre. Day case patients can come back to Theatre Direct for their post-operative recovery whilst those needing a longer stay in hospital will be taken from theatre to one of the wards.
The clinical site development plan, which forms a key part of RCHT’s 5-year strategic plan, is overseen by the Trust’s in-house capital planning team. So far it has completed 37 out of 58 projects in the first phase of the plan, amounting to an investment of over £38 million. The Theatre Direct building works are being carried out by Mansell construction and the new area is due to open in the summer.