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Theatres & Surgery

Caring for patients who need planned or emergency surgery.

This page was last updated: July 7th, 2022

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Theatres team carries out a range of planned and emergency operations from our three sites: Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, St Michael’s Hospital in Hayle and West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance. We have an excellent team and operate on around 23,000 patients a year. Just under 5,000 of these are emergency patients.

Before your planned surgery

Many factors can affect surgery, and you may be asked to come in for an assessment shortly before your surgery, so that we can make sure you are fully fit and prepared beforehand. This helps us reduce the risk of having to cancel or reschedule your operation and keeps your stay in hospital as short as possible.

Central Pre Op Assessment is a specialist department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital especially for patients who are coming into hospital for planned surgery.

When you come in, we’ll ask you questions about your health, medical history and your home circumstances, and we’ll take your blood pressure, height, weight and pulse. We may also do other tests such as blood tests or x-rays. We’ll also talk through the practical considerations for your operation, such as where to report to when you come in and whether you should eat, drink or take your normal medication before your operation. It’s also a chance for you to ask any questions you have about coming in for surgery.

Directions to Pre Op Assessment

Royal Cornwall Hospital

If you’re coming from the main hospital car park, pre op assessment is behind Bedruthan House, opposite the Hub on the left-hand side of Penventinnie Lane. There is limited parking outside, but most people park in the main car park and walk across.

If you need to contact Pre Op Assessment, you can call on 01872 258068.

Coming in for an operation

If you are coming in for surgery, and will be staying in hospital overnight, you can find out more about coming to hospital as an inpatient here.

Day Surgery

If you are coming in for day surgery, your letter will tell you where to come, what to bring and anything you need to do beforehand. Our main day surgery wards are:

Or you can visit our A-Z of services for specific information about the service that will be treating you.

You can also find directions and information on parking and facilities for each of our hospitals on these pages:

The Theatres & Surgery Team

Our theatre teams consist of anaesthetics, surgery and post-anaesthetic care staff. There are around 500 members of staff, each one committed to continuously enhancing care, recovery, choice and fairness for our patients.

We perform a significant amount of cutting edge trauma surgery and are also incredibly proud to count among our team a number of surgeons who are recognised nationally and internationally for their pioneering work in their speciality.

Our specialties include;

  • Gynaecology, including innovative procedures for endometriosis and gynae urological surgery,
  • Urology, including laparoscopic and laser surgery,
  • Upper and lower gastrointestinal surgery,
  • Ophthalmics, including vitreoretinal (VR) and emergency VR work,
  • Orthopaedics,
  • Trauma orthopaedics,
  • Vascular, including state of the art endovascular procedures such as interventional emergency repairs of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm,
  • Emergency surgery,
  • Ear, nose and throat,
  • Reconstructive surgeries including maxillofacial, osteotomy and breast,
  • Bariatric,
  • Multi-speciality paediatric surgery.

Our operating theatres

Theatres at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro

We provide a comprehensive acute emergency service for adults and children, as well as planned specialist care and maternity services at our theatres at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske in Truro.

Our theatres include;

  • Two integrated laparoscopic theatres,
  • Interventional Radiology Suite,
  • 2 Ultra-clean laminar flow for complex and high comorbidity elective orthopaedics,
  • A dedicated ophthalmic theatre with ceiling mounted microscope
  • A number of adjoining, dedicated post-anaesthetic care units,
  • A dedicated paediatric theatre is located in this suite close to our paediatric wards, with a dedicated paediatric post anaesthetic care area.

Theatres at the West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance

West Cornwall Hospital is an acute diagnostic and surgical treatment centre with a new integrated laparoscopic theatre to treat day case patients.

Theatres at St Michael’s Hospital, Hayle

Our teams at St Michael’s Hospital specialise in orthopaedic and breast surgery and receive outstanding patient feedback for the overall care.

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