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New Mammography Equipment On The Way

A new construction compound has been installed outside the Mermaid Centre – in preparation for a new project to be delivered by the Strategic Estates team at RCHT.
Kier Construction has started enabling works in preparation for three brand new Mammography x-ray machines to be replaced within the Mermaid Centre over the next year. To ensure continuity of mammography services, a mobile unit will be arriving in the car park.

The enabling works, which will take place over the next few weeks, is to secure an electrical and water supply to the car park. This will be a permanent supply which means the car park will be future proofed in case of any need for a mobile pad in the future.

The main construction works within the Mermaid Centre will start on 17th October 2022 and will continue for 12 months with the aim to complete in October 2023. All three static mammography machines will be replaced in sequence, with the latest equipment supplied by Siemens, ensuring improved breast screening for patients across Cornwall.

Part of the project will also be to expand and reconfigure some of the space inside the Mermaid Centre. The large record store at the back of the building is being decanted out, which will provide additional space for two more rooms – one for reporting, the other for technical viewing of the mammograms taken. Additionally, a new air handling unit is to be installed, which will require a new retaining wall to be built between the Mermaid Centre and Dolphin House.

Obviously, there will be some disruption whilst the work is carried out. The project team has worked hard to ensure that the compound outside is as compact as possible, but it does mean that car parking spaces outside the Mermaid will be reduced for some time. We have retained one accessible parking space, and access for visitors to The Cove will be unaffected. Once the work is complete, all the parking bays will be re-provided as before.

The project is being overseen by Assistant Project Manager at RCHT, James Angliss, who will be on hand to ensure all work is carried out to schedule and with minimum impact to the current service provision.

If you have any queries, please email the Strategic Estates team: rcht.buildingbrilliance@nhs.net

Added on 31 August 2022, in News - General News

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