Royal Cornwall Hospital

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Royal Cornwall Hospital
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
The Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, Truro - - 89375.jpg
Location Treliske, Truro, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Peninsula Medical School
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 760

Royal Cornwall Hosptial Treliske:

Trelawny Wing officially opened in 1998.

Princess Alexandra officially opened in 1968.

Truro City Hospital (Royal Cornwall Infirmary) 1799-1999.
Lists Hospitals in England
Former Truro City Hospital (Royal Cornwall Infirmary) in 1987

Coordinates: 50°16′00″N 5°05′30″W / 50.2667°N 05.0916°W / 50.2667; -05.0916 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 was previously used for clinical training of medical students from the Peninsula Medical School, which was maintained by the University of Plymouth and the University of Exeter. In 2012 the University of Exeter left their partnership with Plymouth and established their own medical school, meaning the hospital currently provides teaching for both Peninsula and University of Exeter medical students.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital is one of three main hospitals operated by the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, the others being St Michael's Hospital, Hayle and West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance.


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.[1] Initially holding 20 beds, the infirmary was expanded to include 180 beds in 1939.[2] After the formation of the NHS, a new hospital was built at Treliske, including 180 beds and 6 wards,[3] and was opened by Princess Alexandra on 12 July 1968.[4] 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, and has since been redeveloped with housing and a health centre.

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.[5]

Trelawny Wing[edit]

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.[6][7]

Public record[edit]

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.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Polsue, Joseph (1868). "History of Cornwall". A Complete Parochial History of the County of Cornwall: Compiled from the Best Authorities & Corrected and Improved from Actual Survey. W. Lake. p. 333. 
  2. ^ "Royal Cornwall INfirmary". Cornishman. 7 December 1939. p. 9. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fifty years of caring for Cornwall's patients at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske". West Briton. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Court Circular". Times. London, England. 13 July 1968. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Alleyne, Richard (24 August 2010). "The Camerons' hospital has chequered past". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
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  7. ^ "Employer details". Nursing Net UK. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Seventeen NHS hospitals have dangerously low numbers of nurses". Telegraph. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 

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