Project: Tremenel Unit

This page was last updated: December 2nd, 2021

A relocation ward block to provide flexible space for the temporary relocation of wards and services.
The Tremenel Unit (previously the Progressive Recovery Unit), is designed to provide additional temporary relocation space for wards and services displaced during the long-term reconfiguration of the Treliske Hospital site. A number of services will need to move to make way for the new Women and Children’s Hospital, one of the Government’s ‘40 New Hospitals’ being built under the national New Hospitals Programme.

Located between the Princess Alexandra Wing and the Tower Block, access to the Tremenel Unit will be via the Tower Block Main Entrance, and then through a new link corridor connected to the Eye Unit Reception area.

The first floor of the Tremenel Unit completed in December 2021 and provides 28 beds to support a new model for care for frail and elderly patients awaiting discharge. The unit is called Wheal Vor Ward and will also operate as a training centre for new healthcare assistants.

By bringing patients together near the end of their acute hospital stay, the clinical team can provide a service more dedicated to a safe and effective discharge. The additional beds will help support the management of operational pressure across the site and should help vacate beds to allow more elective work to be undertaken.

The ground floor of the Tremenel Unit is due to open in March 2022 and will provide a temporary home for Lowen Ward (the 18-bed Oncology Unit) in advance of its move to the new MRI and Oncology building next to Trelawny Wing. Lowen Ward, currently located on the Link Corridor, is due for demolition during 2022 to make way for the Women and Children’s Hospital. Part of the ground floor is also being designed to house the day case Patient Blood Management service.

Disruption

During construction works, the Tower Block Main Entrance will remain closed, and patients and visitors are asked to enter the building via the Eye Unit Entrance at the rear of the Tower Block (signed posted from the road as you approach the construction site).

Some accessible parking bays are available next to the Emergency Department and Link Corridor (south side) entrance, and there is a drop off area next to the entrance of the Eye Unit.

There is no access to the Tower Block, or Renal Unit, via the Princess Alexandra Wing (maternity) entrance. However, for patients and visitors who can walk some distance, the Unit can be accessed by walking along the internal corridors from either the Trelawny Wing Main Entrance or the Link Corridor (south side) entrance.

We apologise in advance for the inconvenience the construction work will cause; however, we hope you agree that the Tremenel Unit will support our over overall building programme and is therefore essential to delivering better healthcare facilities for the future.

Ecology

To secure sufficient space for the Tremenel Unit, the Play for Life Children’s Garden, adjacent to the Tower Block, had to be removed. Some trees in front of the Tremenel Unit have been retained, however, and a new site for the relocation of the Play For Life Garden is being worked up for landscaping in early 2022.

The removal of the garden was completed under the supervision of an ecologist, who also provided advice on the protection of birds, animal, and plant life.

The electrical sub-station, next to the Postgraduate Centre, is also being upgraded and expanded, as part of the overall site reconfiguration programme, to provide power to the Tremenel Unit. As a result of this expansion some of the Jeffrey Kelson Memorial Garden was lost.

The garden furniture, table tennis tables, and young cherry trees in the Jeffrey Kelson Memorial Garden have been moved to a new location to the west of the Knowledge Spa. A special magnolia tree, which is a memorial to a much-loved member of staff, has been protected and will remain where it was originally planned.

A grounds, gardens and tree management scheme are under development as part of the Trust’s overall ecology and bio-diversity programme. This scheme will include removing old, damaged, and dangerous trees; the relocation of some gardens; the re-planting of some trees; and some new gardens being created.

Where it is not possible to replant or re-locate trees, donations will be made to the NHS Forest initiative which supports the planting of new trees.

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