Physiotherapy lead for West Cornwall Hospital, David Cooke said, “It’s been a complete transformation and a very generous donation from the League of Friends has enabled us to essentially start again. It’s a much more professional and appropriate environment in which we can deliver the care our patients deserve. It’s one of the busiest therapy departments in Cornwall and we can now see more patients because of the improved facilities and layout.”
The physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams look after outpatients and inpatients for a broad range of conditions including neck, back and shoulder injuries, arthritis, rheumatoid problems, rehabilitation from joint surgery and splinting. They also provide reablement therapy for inpatients coming from the wards for which the team has aspirations to establish a breakfast club to support recovery, encourage mobility and confidence, and to help to get patients home sooner.
Talking about how the team feels about their new surroundings, Lead Occupational Therapist, Talwyn Schofield said, “It gives us a fresh start, it motivates staff, it’s really great and has inspired us. The department looks fantastic, it’s really welcoming for people coming in for treatment. We’re all really proud of the Hospital and it shows off West Cornwall in the best light.”
The long awaited improvements were made possible thanks to a major legacy left to the Friends of West Cornwall Hospital. The therapies department has now been named The Margaret Close Therapies Department, after the donor.
West Cornwall Hospital League of Friends Secretary, Gill Prodger said, “We had a legacy from Margaret Close, who was a local lady and a long time renal unit patient here, and we wanted to do a big project so we could put her name to it. We have a lot of people using occupational therapy and physiotherapy, so this was something we agreed to invest a large amount in. As we can all see, they’ve done an amazing job. The RCHT’s estates team and the contractor T Clarke have brought the project in on time and under budget, which is quite unusual these days, and we are absolutely delighted.”
VIP guest Helen Glover is no stranger to West Cornwall Hospital, having opened the refurbished reception in 2013 and remembering well the support she and her parents, who live nearby, gave to the hospital as part of the public response to uncertainties about its future more than a decade ago.
“I will always shout really loudly about this hospital, about the need for it and the need to keep improving it and also the hard work of every member of staff who works here. It is such a vital part of our community so to have improving and to have it thriving its just absolutely key. Thank you to everyone who has made it possible and to everyone here today.
Hospital Manager, Paul Sylvester added,
“The legacy donation from Margaret Close provided us with an amazing opportunity to redesign both the physiotherapy and occupational therapy departments and create an environment which provides improved facilities to both the patients and staff. Additional work is currently underway to create enhanced facilities within audiology and endoscopy. Without the generosity of people like Margaret Close and the tireless fundraising of the WCH League of Friends much of these improvements would not have been possible and we are wholeheartedly thankful for their dedication to the Hospital and people of Cornwall.”