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Knowledge Spa

This page was last updated: October 31st, 2022

The Knowledge Spa is the centre of excellence for the delivery of education and training at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

The Knowledge Spa provides modern, innovative and high quality facilities. Its teaching, learning and business activities include:


Peninsula School of Dentistry Dental Education Facility

The Dental Education Facility provides a first class environment for the provision of treatment and education. Care is available free of charge from dental students under the supervision of qualified local dentists. NHS patients who are happy to be treated by a supervised dental student are welcome and can telephone the call centre on 0845 155 8109 for further information.

The European Centre for Environment & Human Health

Alongside the educational activities, the European Centre for Environment & Human Health represents part of the University of Exeter Medical School’s research. They focus on the interconnection between the natural environment and human health.

The Knowledge Spa Cafe

The Knowledge Spa has a cafe with a selection of snacks, sandwiches, and hot and cold drinks. It’s open Monday to Friday from 8am to 3pm.

Hiring space at the Knowledge Spa

The Knowledge Spa has a variety of different rooms which are available for hire. It is a highly attractive venue for hosting conferences, meetings, events, functions and exhibitions and we are able to accommodate meetings ranging from six to 150 people.

Whether you want to arrange a formal training session in a classroom setting, Board Room style meeting, a quick catch up or require a large area for display, you will find a room that suits your requirements.

Book a conference or function room

The Knowledge Spa is a highly attractive venue for hosting conferences, meetings, events, functions and exhibitions and we are able to accommodate meetings ranging from 6 to 150 people.

We are situated on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site, close to the A30, and on the Truro park and ride route to/from Truro city centre, with a bus stop right outside our front door!

All our seminar and meetings rooms have access to data projector, PC with internet access and flip-chart. Use of this equipment is included in our room hire rates.

The Knowledge Spa works in conjunction with the Royal Cornwall Hospital’s Catering Provider, Mitie to provide high quality functions for any occasion.

The Knowledge Spa Events & Facilities Team are able to support your event from start to finish, please contact us on 01872 256400 or for further information.

If you wish to proceed with a booking at the Knowledge Spa, please download and complete the booking form [downloads an Excel document] and return to

Room Hire Rates

Room Half Day – 8.30-1pm or 1pm-5pm Full Day -8.30am-5pm Evening – 5pm-8pm
Weekend – 8.30am-1pm or 1pm-5pm or 5pm-8pm
Hourly Rate – not
applicable in the evening
Richard Farrow Lecture Theatre
150 Theatre
£180 £300 £250 £60
Postgraduate Centre Lecture Theatre
120 Theatre
£180 £300 £250 £60
Main Seminar Room G09
85 Theatre
30 Board Style
60 Cabaret
£150 £250 £170 £40
Seminar Rooms – F07, F08 and F09
35 Theatre
12 Board
30 Cabaret
Seminar Room – G01
32 Theatre
16 Board
30 Cabaret
£100 £160 £120 £30
Seminar Rooms – F06, G02, G04, G05, G06, G072, G073, S074, S075
20 Theatre
12 Board Style Meeting Rooms
£80 £120 £100 £25
Meeting Rooms – F05, F10 and BIU Up to 10 Board Style Seminar Room – F31 8-10 Theatre Not Applicable Not Applicable Not applicable £20
Atrium Not applicable Not applicable £250 Not applicable

Book a meeting room for staff

All staff at Royal Cornwall Hospitals are able to book rooms in the Knowledge Spa and across the rest of the Royal Cornwall Hospital site via the link below.

Knowledge Spa meeting rooms

Rooms can be booked up to four weeks in advance but you require a minimum number of six delegates to be able to book a room. Please remember that members of staff are not permitted to book rooms on behalf of any other external organisations, and if sponsorship is received or delegates are being charged to attend, room hire and external catering prices will apply. You must tell us about this when you book.

All rooms are available in ‘lecture theatre’ style set up. We’ll apply a charge if you need additional equipment or the set up of the room to be changed.

Royal Cornwall Hospital meeting rooms

Rooms can be booked up to four weeks in advance unless otherwise agreed directly with the department. Please see below a link to a site plan showing the location and a photo of the meeting rooms available, plus a summary sheet detailing the opening hours, capacity, equipment and accessibility of the rooms.

These rooms are purely for the use of staff and should not be booked on behalf of any other organisations.

Terms & Conditions

  1. All prices are exclusive of VAT where applicable.
  2. The Knowledge Spa is available for room bookings between the hours of 8am until 8pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours and at weekends an additional service charge will apply.
  3. Cancellation Charges are as follows and apply to both catering and room hire:
    • cancellation with more than 28 days notice = no charge.
    • cancellation with 14 days to 28 days notice = 50% of the estimated charges
    • cancellation with less than 14 days notice = 100% of the estimated charges
  4. All catering must be purchased from our in-house catering team. Clients are not permitted to bring in their own catering and no external caterers are permitted in the Knowledge Spa.
  5. All catering is served in the seminar rooms except for the Lecture Theatre.
  6. If catering is required for an event being held in either of the Lecture Theatres, a separate room will need to be booked for this and an additional charge may apply.
  7. Any activities taking place in the Lifelong Learning Atrium between the hours of 8.30am and 5pm will have a capacity limit of 50.
  8. Catering is available between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm. Catering is available outside of these hours by arrangement however an additional service charge will be incurred.
  9. The minimum number of people is 16 for a catering order out of normal working hours.
  10. Catering should be ordered at the time of booking and final numbers will be required five working days before the event.
  11. Menus are subject to availability and suitable alternatives may on occasion have to be substituted.
  12. Alcohol can only be consumed on the premises after 5pm. A Temporary Event Licence will need to be applied for, requiring at least four weeks notice.
  13. The Knowledge Spa or RCHT accept no responsibility for loss or damage to property brought onto its premises. We shall not be liable for any consequential loss or any other loss or any damage or injury which may arise out of, or in connection with the use of the Knowledge Spa premises.
  14. Organisers accept full responsibility for all damage to our premises, furniture, or other equipment.
  15. Organisers are asked to indemnify themselves again all losses or liabilities that may arise out of their event.
  16. No animals are allowed within the Knowledge Spa or Postgraduate centre, except for guide dogs.
  17. Organisers are responsible for providing risk assessments for relevant activities. No electrical equipment is allowed in the building unless tested and passed by a qualified electrician.
  18. We reserve the right to alter or cancel any bookings that we cannot keep as booked for reasons beyond our control.
  19. By completing the booking form organisers agree to abide by these terms and conditions.
  20. For invoicing purposes clients are required to provide a full organisation name and postal address, contact name, telephone number and email address. Invoices are to be paid with 14 days of receipt.

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