Key people from Kier, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, and the community gather together at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Outpatient Department at West Cornwall Hospital.

Ground-breaking ceremony marks the start of new Outpatient Department construction works at West Cornwall Hospital

The first turf has been cut by Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust’s Chief Executive Steve Williamson, as a £9 million project to build a new Outpatient Department at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance gets underway.

National industrial action update

This article provides information on upcoming industrial action (strikes). Regardless of any strike, it is vital that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening situations.

Three award winners from the cornwall apprenticeship awards holding their awards.

RCHT apprentices celebrated at Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards

It was an outstanding night for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals at last week’s Cornwall Apprenticeship awards, coming away with three top prizes and two highly commended awards.

The start of a new surgical hub in St Austell

A groundbreaking ceremony has been held, marking the start of work on a new state-of-the-art elective surgical hub in Cornwall.
The £15 million modular build will be located in the grounds of St Austell Community Hospital.

plan view map of the new gravel car park location

Work Starts to Extend Gravel Pit Staff Car Park

Work starts on Monday 12th February 2024 to extend the Gravel Pit Car Park, which will provide 176 new spaces for staff on the land to the east of the current car park area.

Collage of cyclists from past cycle challenge events

Pedal 4 Patients ‘Tour de Kernow’

Join us on an extraordinary journey through the breath-taking landscapes of Cornwall in Pedal 4 Patients Tour de Kernow, a 3-day charity cycling challenge that combines scenic beauty with a noble cause.

RCHT’s electric trans-nasal endoscopy van

Community endoscopy service, bringing patient care closer to home

A community trans-nasal endoscopy service delivered from Bodmin Hospital is now available.

3D render of the new Pathology building

New RCHT pathology building confirmed

The RCHT has been granted full planning permission for its new state-of-the-art Pathology Building.

The team who delivered the PACES examinations at RCHT in November

RCHT Postgrad Team hosts new format PACES exams

The postgraduate at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) is celebrating a highly successful ‘relaunch’ of the Practical Examination of Clinical Assessment Skills (PACES) exams which are hosted on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians (UK).

Specialist Oncology nurse Amy Byfield holding a box of kindness

Boxes of chemo kindness

Specialist oncology nurse Amy Byfield knows how daunting it can be for patients when they arrive for their first chemotherapy session.

Staff and guests wearing pink at the equipment upgrade ribbon cutting

Upgraded Breast Cancer centre celebrated

A ribbon cutting ceremony has taken place to mark the successful completion of a 12-month equipment replacement and upgrade at our dedicated breast cancer centre.

Nuclear Medicine Project – Construction Works Underway

Construction works to replace an end-of-life Gamma Camera and to refurbish the dispensary in the Nuclear Medicine Department in the basement of the Royal Cornwall Hospital’s Tower Block get underway this week. 

Environment of Care award for new healing garden

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) has won an award for its newly opened Critical Care Healing Garden at the annual Patient Experience Network (PEN) National Awards.

RCHT winners at QiC dermatology awards

An innovative new ‘super clinic’, which is set up to treat patients with a diagnosis of mycosis fungoides cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (MF-CTCL) at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, has won an award in the Patient Care Pathway, Secondary and Community category, at this year’s Quality in Care (QiC) Dermatology Awards.

Pedal4Patients finish line at Land's End

Making a difference to the people of Cornwall

200 miles of cycling in three days! Eleven intrepid, fantastic riders heartily embraced the enormous challenge of Pedal4Patients 2023 and cycled through our gorgeous Cornwall last weekend (we did tiptoe briefly into Devon with a Plymouth start) culminating in the glorious finale at Land’s End.

Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE cutting the ribbon to open the new healing garden

Healing Garden opens for Critical Care Patients

The new Critical Care Healing Garden, which is located immediately below the Critical Care Unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, has been filled with sensory plants, two outdoor hospital bed spaces, a rehabilitation bridge, peaceful seating areas for families, carers and staff, and beautiful bird sculptures made from Cornwall granite and bronze, donated by Cornish artist, Kurt Jackson.

New electronic patient record to help provide safer care in Cornwall

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) is making a significant change to improve healthcare in the region with the development of a new electronic patient record (EPR) system

Poster for RCHT Charity event - UNDERWORLD

Another incredible first for Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust Charity!

RCHT Charity is thrilled to bring you Underworld, a unique opportunity to silent disco under Gaia, the stunning, glorious, art installation of the world that’s visiting Truro Cathedral 

The RCHT Renal Unit and staff members

Home Haemodialysis Suite transforms lives

Thanks to kind donations and fundraising for RCHT Charity the Renal Ward at Royal Cornwall Hospital’s NHS Trust was able to fund a home haemodialysis training suite.

RCHT welcomes Lord Markham CBE

Lord Markham’s visit to the Royal Cornwall Hospital underlined the Government’s commitment to our new Women and Children’s Hospital, scheduled to open in 2028.

RCH’T20’ Cricket event for one and all!

The brainchild of RCHT Deputy Director of Finance, Ian Dean, the day will involve fast paced, fun T20 format cricket with 4 teams of 11 players battling it out. The winning two teams will face each other in a final match later in the day, with the winners being crowned RCH’T20’ champions.

West Cornwall Hospital’s Urgent Treatment Centre extends hours in time for busiest summer weeks

From today, Monday 31 July, the Urgent Treatment Centre at West Cornwall Hospital will be open from 8am until midnight, seven days a week

Cornwall Masons group photo with swing

Cornwall Masons visit to see their funding in action

Representatives of the Freemasons of Cornwall paid a visit to Royal Cornwall Hospital this week to see their funding in action.

Artist's impression of the new outpatient department at RCHT

New Outpatient Department confirmed for West Cornwall Hospital

A new Outpatient Department is to be built at West Cornwall Hospital which will be open to patients by the end of March 2025.

RCHT awarded Gold Employer Recognition Award 2023

Organisations from across the country have been recognised by the UK Government for supporting the Armed Forces community.  This is a record high since the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme launched in 2013. 

Mermaid Project enters its final phase of work

We’re just over 8 months into the 12-month programme to replace three mammography scanners with associated works within the Mermaid Centre

Swimmers entering the water

5k Across the Bay Complete!

A pod of 38 swimmers completed a 5k sea swim across Falmouth Bay on Saturday 8th July to raise funds and boost awareness of the need for advanced robotic surgery in Cornwall.

Strikes will cause major disruption, says top NHS Dr

Major disruption caused by industrial action over the next fortnight will have a serious impact on the NHS

NHS 75 Photography shortlist announced

A shortlist of the 75 NHS colleagues and volunteers who took part in a photography competition to mark 75 years of our NHS has been announced, with images including a portrait of Britain’s oldest volunteer – 102-year-old Beryl Carr – and a patient playing the violin during her brain surgery.

Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall visits RCHT  

Every three or four years, the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho visits RCHT at our request to receive an update on health matters relating to the Cornish community which he can report back to the royal household in his role as HM’s representative in the Duchy.

Dying Matters – on the wards

How the RCHT Charity Butterfly Cornwall Fund is having an impact for patients and their loved ones at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

New service for Radiotherapy patients launched at RCHT

Last year, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust launched a pilot programme for a Late Effects service across the South West.  The Late Effects Clinic is aimed specifically towards patients who have had previous radiotherapy to either their breast or pelvic areas and are struggling with any pain and/or discomfort following their initial treatment.

Pilot initiative aims to break barriers in recruitment

To help drive recruitment, a new pilot initiative, which is being run within the Specialist Services and Surgery Care Group at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, is looking to provide support for Specialist Doctors, currently employed at RCHT, to become consultants though their CESR School.

Research Showcased at Cornwall Stroke Conference

A presentation on local stroke research was given by Katja Adie, Consultant Stroke and Eldercare Physician and Keren Northcott, Research Sister, at the recent Cornwall Stroke Conference.

Urology Dept at RCHT gets a makeover

An unveiling of new artwork donated to the Urology Department by artist Kurt Jackson and the Chestnut Appeal for Men’s Health charity took place on Thursday 27th April

RCHT partners with Inclusion Matters to help support patients with the cost of living

This innovative new service aims to contribute towards both Adult Social Care and the Sustainable Healthcare Green Plan by preventing the need for potential further healthcare input.

Emergency alerts on mobile phones on at 3pm on 23 April

UK mobile devices will test emergency alerts on April 23rd, including a distinct siren-like sound and a message display. Consider the impact on vulnerable people and prepare accordingly. Opt-out of severe and extreme alerts in your settings. Learn more about the emergency alert test and how to opt-out on the website.

Important Changes to the Adult Safeguarding Referral Process

Cornwall Council is introducing new ways to make adult safeguarding referrals. Changes come into effect on April 3, 2023. Make direct referrals by phone or through the new portal on the Cornwall Council website. RCHT professionals can still follow the existing process.

Long Service Award winners (LtoR) Hilda Jackson, Mary Evans, Kathy Hamilton, Robert Tong

Long Service Award recipients celebrated at RCHT

Each year, the Long Service Awards honour the hard work and commitment of colleagues that have given 25 years of service to the NHS.

Group of 5 ladies in purple t-shirts - the Butterfly Companion Volunteers and co-ordinator

Bedside butterflies

The Butterfly Companion Volunteer Service is now a key part of end-of-life care at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT).

Participants in a Exercise 4 Mobility class in Bude lift their dumbbells

NHS Charities Together to fund projects solving loneliness across Cornwall

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity (RCHT Charity) has been awarded over a quarter of a million pounds from NHS Charities Together, to support projects tackling social isolation and loneliness across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

MRI Team Lead James Shaw steps onto the interactive floor

Bequests lead to MRI magic

Magical interactive games to play on the floor, impressive murals and virtual skylights – the new Trelawny Scanning Suite at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro (RCHT) is bright and entertaining thanks to bequests made to the RCH Charity.

Alert: Industrial action

Industrial action by junior doctors is expected to take place this week, from 7am on Saturday See our news article for more information.

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