Royal Cornwall Hospital
|Royal Cornwall Hospital|
|Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust|
|Location||Treliske, Truro, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom|
|Care system||Public NHS|
|Affiliated university||Peninsula Medical School|
|Emergency department||Yes Accident & Emergency|
|Lists||Hospitals in England|
Coordinates: The Royal Cornwall Hospital, formerly and still commonly known as Treliske Hospital, is a medium-sized teaching hospital in Treliske, on the outskirts of Truro, Cornwall, England. The hospital is used for clinical training of medical students from the Peninsula Medical School, which is maintained by the University of Plymouth and the University of Exeter.
On 12 August 1799, the Royal Cornwall Infirmary opened in Truro paid for by George IV. It was the first of its kind in Cornwall and was designed to service the mining community. Initially holding 20 beds, the infirmary was expanded to include 180 beds in 1939. After the formation of the NHS, a new hospital was built at Treliske, including 180 beds and 6 wards, and was opened by Princess Alexandra on 12 July 1968. The hospital expanded to include 650 beds in 1999, and then served 110,000 patients each year, with services transferred from the old infirmary after 1992. The infirmary closed down in 1999, with the site being redeveloped.
The Royal Cornwall Hospital is currently a 750 bed hospital. It has a maternity ward named the Princess Alexandra wing, after the princess who opened the hospital. David Cameron's younger daughter was born in the maternity unit while the couple were on holiday in Cornwall in 2010.
The £27 million Trelawny Wing was officially opened in 1998. It remains the largest single investment in health care in Cornwall. The work, which took six years of planning and development, marks the completion of the District General Hospital for Cornwall. The wing ensures facilities in Cornwall are equal to those found in any of the other District General Hospitals in the country.
The Royal Cornwall Hospital was one of 17 hospitals across the UK named as failing to provide enough staff “to keep people safe and meet their health and welfare needs” by the Care Quality Commission in January 2013.
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