MRI/Oncology Development

The second of our exciting building projects at RCH this year has started. The site will house our MRI scanning suite and acute haematology/oncology services.
Located to the left-hand side of the Trelawny Wing main entrance, the three storey building will house:
  • 2 MRI scanners with future scope for a third
  • 24 bed haematology/oncology ward
  • Ambulatory emergency care suite for acute oncology
  • Palliative care suite and sensory courtyard garden
  • Iodine Therapy Suite
  • Waiting areas
  • Support facilities

The new unit will provide a much improved space in which to care for some of our most vulnerable patients. The new facility will allow us to provide the very highest standards of infection prevention and environmental control, elements of service which are so critical for a group of patients who are highly susceptible to infection.

We will be replacing our two existing but ageing MRI scanners with the latest technology and relocating the service to a purpose-built, brighter and more patient-friendly environment. The building will also give us the option to support a 3rd MRI scanner at some point in the future.


From the start of the enabling works there will be various pedestrian and vehicle diversions in place to keep everyone safe. There will be no access for anyone other than the contractors in the area marked by the orange lines on the plan below. Please follow the signposting and safety notices. The path and roadway between the Microbiology building and Dolphin House will be closed off. From the staff car parks and helipad you will be directed either round past the front entrance of the Microbiology building, or down towards the Mermaid Centre.

There will be changes to the parking areas each side of the Trelawny entrance and at Dolphin House, from the start of the works. Essential user spaces located in what is known currently as the “consultants car park” will be re provided outside Pendragon House. Ambulance access will be provided in two bays outside the front of the Microbiology building. There will be no drop off spaces available for disabled patients in front of the main Trelawny entrance for safety reasons and this group of patients will need to park in the patient car park opposite.

Dolphin House bike shelter and car park

The Dolphin House bike shed will not be removed during the building works and there will be a new wheelchair accessible path created to the rear of Dolphin House. This path is predominantly for pedestrians so cyclists using the Dolphin House bike shelter must dismount before the path enters the Dolphin House rear garden area and wheel their bikes to the shelter.

Disabled parking

There will be no access to the existing Dolphin House car park for the duration of the building works from June 2020 until it is reinstated. Patients using the Child Development Centre will be allocated 2 spaces for drop off in the Mermaid Centre car park and will access the Child Development Centre via the path across the garden at the rear of Dolphin House. The Women & Children’s Care Group is organising additional help for this group of patients from their vehicles to the main entrance of Dolphin House.


Work will start in the next couple of weeks on the felling of a number of trees and the removal of plants and shrubs within the building area. This is being done under the supervision of an ecological expert, who is advising on the protection of birds (making sure there is no nesting), and other animal and plant life.
New trees may be planted later in the year or next year, as part of a site wide tree management strategy which is under development. This will include the removal of diseased and dangerous trees and the restocking our grounds with more native species. In the meantime a donation will be made to plant trees in other locations as part of the NHS Forest initiative.

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