New resus ready to welcome first patients

If you’ve been wondering what’s behind the building site hoarding next to the Emergency Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, you can take a peek with our behind-the-scenes 3D virtual tour.
Our fabulous new resuscitation unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital opens to patients this week and provides our Emergency Department team with spacious, hi-tech facilities in which to care for those with the most serious and life-threatening injury and illness.With four bays and two isolation areas the unit is a far cry from small unit built in the early 1990’s, and will be a huge boost as we go into winter and in the event of a local surge in coronavirus cases.

ED Consultant, Mark Jadav said: “The speed that people have worked at and the hours they have put in for this project is phenomenal and see the end result of a purpose built ER and resuscitation room is amazing. A huge thank you to Kier, the sub-contractors and the strategic estates team at RCHT, and to the ED staff who have given the ideas and vision for this new facility. It will make a huge difference for our patients.”

The virtual tour, created by RCHT’s communications team, was made just before the unit was ready to open and lets people navigate their own way around the new area. You can find it here:

Chief Executive, Kate Shields, joined the ED team as they were adding the finishing touches. Kate said: “Coming into the new resuscitation room for the first time it’s hard to imagine how the team worked in their old area. This is a brilliant example of the standard of facilities we want to provide for the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and it’s just the first part of around £650 million of investment we will see in the county over the next few years.”

The new resuscitation unit is the first phase of a £4.9 million development of the Emergency Department and work will begin shortly on expanding the Rapid Assessment and Treatment area where patients first arrive when brought in by emergency ambulance.

Elsewhere on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site a new MRI and oncology unit is underway and work will also begin soon on a temporary unit which will bring extra wards and inpatient beds to the hospital next Spring.

ED resus opening cake

Added on November 11, 2020, in News - Emergency Department / Patient Care / Trust Improvement