The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) has opened the new, purpose-built Trelawny Scanning Suite, and Haematology/Oncology Ward at its Treliske site in Truro. The new extension to the Trelawny Wing became fully operational on 26th June 2023, almost three years to the day when the building work started.
The new Trelawny Scanning Suite has two state-of-the-art MRI scanners (with room for a third MRI scanner when funding allows), four ultrasound rooms, in-bed waiting areas that are separated from outpatient areas, an observation area, and a generous anaesthetic room. Both MRI suites are fitted with ambient experiences and special visual effects including film choices that can be selected by the patient and which are designed to keep them calm during their treatments, often reducing the need for anaesthetic.
The stunning reception and waiting area is spacious and welcoming with a floor to ceiling mural and a dedicated waiting area for children, complete with an interactive play mat. The new reception also supports the existing, adjoining CT scanning department located right next door – bringing all the Trelawny Wing imaging services together.
Lowen Ward, the haematology and oncology ward at RCHT, is now in its “forever home”. It has expanded to 24 beds, six more than previously. Of these, there are 12 side rooms, 8 of which are individually ventilated, which is vital for patients with a weakened immune system. A peaceful palliative care suite with its own private courtyard garden provides a relaxing space for end-of-life care and a dedicated molecular radiotherapy suite also provides a calming environment for those cancer patients requiring specialist, isolated treatment. The Lowen unit also has a day assessment area enabling some patients using the 24-hour oncology care hotline to bypass the emergency department, and facilitating earlier discharge from the ward with ongoing ambulatory care.
Whilst “statement” walls of art can be enjoyed in the main reception area and in private rooms, RCHT also worked in partnership with Falmouth University students who undertook a project as part of their course work to provide art illustrations in the non-clinical areas.