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Emergency Department

The Royal Cornwall Hospital Emergency Department can treat more than 200 patients a day and sees more than 60,000 patients a year in its Emergency Department at RCH and "casualty" department at WCH.


Open 24 hours at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro

The Emergency Department (ED) is open 24 hours a day for the treatment of serious and potentially life threatening conditions.  If you are unsure whether ED is the right place for you to go, you can call NHS Direct| for advice at any time of the day or night, on:  0845 46 47


All our staff will offer everyone as quick and efficient a service as possible. If patients, relatives or carers have any queries they should be directed to member of staff who will be pleased to help. 

The Emergency Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital can treat more than 200 patients a day and is the only major ED in Cornwall. 


It can get very busy, particularly during the summer months.  Nearly all patients are seen and treated, admitted or discharged within 4 hours, but the most seriously ill patients will always take priority.


The ED has close links with the Cornwall Air Ambulance which is able to land directly outside the main department on a purpose built helipad with another larger helipad at the rear of the hospital for Royal Navy and other helicopters.


Useful Links


NHS Direct|


Cornwall Air Ambulance|


Swine Flu||


College of Emergency Medicine|




Further information can be obtained by clicking here...|

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Emegency Department

01872 253111/253113

01872 252402


Emergency Department
Royal Cornwall Hospital
Truro , Cornwall , TR1 3LJ

Mr Andrew Virr

Dr Mark Jadav

Mr Jonathan Wyatt

Dr Sian Ireland

Dr Robert Taylor

Mr Toby Slade


Nurse Manager:

Mr Simon Doble


Matron for Emergency Department and MAU
Sarah Lear

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