Emergency Department Expansion Project

Our Emergency Department (ED) at the Royal Cornwall Hospital is going through some changes. We are preparing for the anticipated seasonal pressures, as well as being ready to respond to a potential second wave of Coronavirus.
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Our Emergency Department (ED) at the Royal Cornwall Hospital is going through some changes. We are preparing for the anticipated seasonal pressures, as well as being ready to respond to a potential second wave of Coronavirus.

Building work started on 1st June, to extend and refurbish the Resuscitation Unit (Resus) and the Rapid Assessment and Treatment bays within ED, creating additional patient treatment spaces.

A new single storey extension will be built on the right hand side of the current ED building. This will house six modern and spacious Resus bays. A further five rapid assessment and treatment bays will be created to improve the entrance and reception for patients arriving by ambulance.
These changes will enhance patient safety within the ED and provide a much better patient experience. The improved working environment will help the ED team provide brilliant care for some of our most vulnerable patients and fulfil the recommendations made by the Care Quality Commission following their inspection late last year.

Disruption
The building works will involve some temporary disruption for staff and service users in the area around ED for the next six to nine months.
The car park to the right of ED will be closed to patients and visitors from 1st June 2020 for the duration of the build. All changes and diversions to pedestrian footways around ED and the Link Corridor will be clearly sign posted.

The Ambulance pick up and drop off at the Link Corridor will be unaffected.

Patient emergency drop off to ED by car will be very limited with 2 drop off bays close to the entrance to the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) but with no waiting allowed. This is to keep safe and clear access for ambulances and helicopters, which will continue to use this area throughout the building programme. After dropping patients off, drivers will be required to follow a one way system past the Ambulance bay and helipad to the Trelawny entrance and park in the main patient and visitor car park, or the car park next to the Dental School.

The plan is to reinstate the car park to the right of ED after the work is complete.

Ecology
Work will start on 1st June to clear bushes and a tree from the construction site. Any tree clearance is being completed under the supervision of an ecological expert who is providing advice on the protection of birds, animal and plant life. A site-wide tree management scheme, to include removing old and dangerous trees is under development. We will be replanting our grounds as part of this plan but in the meantime, a donation will be made to the NHS Forest initiative which supports the planting of new trees, when trees are felled as part of NHS construction projects.

Finally, we’ll shortly be launching some new pages on our internet site where you’ll be able to see some more detailed plans and where we’ll add more information, pictures and video, as the work continues.