BAM joined the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust to celebrate the opening of the new Trelawny Scanning Suite and Haematology and Oncology Ward in Truro, almost three years to the day when building work started.
Construction of the new extension to the Trelawny Wing is the culmination of over 250,000 person-hours, by 1,500 individuals. In alignment with BAM’s commitments to championing sustainability and supporting local communities, over 80 per cent of the construction workforce who delivered the project were from Devon and Cornwall.
The new Trelawny Scanning Suite has two state-of-the-art MRI scanners, four ultrasound rooms, in-bed waiting areas that are separated from outpatient areas, an observation area, and a generous anaesthetic room.
The stunning reception and waiting area is spacious and welcoming with a floor to ceiling mural and a dedicated waiting area for children, complete with an interactive play mat. The new reception also supports the existing, adjoining CT scanning department located right next door – bringing all the Trelawny Wing imaging services together.
Lowen Ward, the haematology and oncology ward at RCHT, is now in its ‘forever home’. It has expanded to 24 beds, six more than previously. Of these, there are twelve side rooms, eight of which are individually ventilated, which is vital for patients with a weakened immune system.
A peaceful palliative care suite with its own private courtyard garden provides a relaxing space for end-of-life care and a dedicated molecular radiotherapy suite also provides a calming environment for those cancer patients requiring specialist, isolated treatment. The Lowen unit also has a day assessment area enabling some patients using the 24-hour oncology care hotline to bypass the emergency department, and facilitating earlier discharge from the ward with ongoing ambulatory care.
Bryson Pottinger, Consultant Haematologist at RCHT and Clinical Lead for the project, said: ‘Our clinical teams in the Imaging Department and on Lowen Ward are thrilled to be in their new homes. We have always prided ourselves on the great care we give our patients, but this bespoke facility, designed and created with our patients and workforce in mind, takes that pride and care to the next level. It makes the unit a fantastic place to work and an outstanding place for patients to receive treatment. I believe we now have one of the best cancer facilities in the country and we hope it will also become a magnet for more clinical staff wishing to work with us here Cornwall.’