Three-year project delivers scanning suite for Royal Cornwall in Truro

Royal Philips joined staff at Royal Cornwall Hospital to celebrate the opening of a new scanning suite and dedicated haematology and oncology ward, complete with Philips MRI Ambient Experience system.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has opened its purpose-built Trelawny scanning suite and Lowen haematology/oncology ward at its Treliske site in Truro. The extension to the Trelawny wing became fully operational on June 26, almost three years to the day from the beginning of building work.

MRI scanner opening.
Claire Whetton (second left) from Philips joins Steve Williamson, James Shaw and Jackie Knox.

The scanning suite has two state-of-the-art MRI scanners with room for a third scanner when funding allows, four ultrasound rooms, in-bed waiting areas that are separated from outpatient areas, an observation area and an anaesthetic room. Both MRI suites are fitted with ambient experiences and special visual effects, including film choices that can be selected by the patient to help them stay calm during treatment, often reducing the need for anaesthetic.

The reception area supports the existing adjoining CT scanning department located next door, bringing all the Trelawny wing imaging services together.

Consultant haematologist and clinical lead for the project Bryson Pottinger said: “Our clinical teams in the imaging department and on Lowen ward are thrilled to be in their new homes.

“We have always prided ourselves on the great care we give our patients, but this bespoke facility, designed and created with our patients and workforce in mind, takes that pride and care to the next level. It makes the unit a fantastic place to work and an outstanding place for patients to receive treatment.”

Trelawney Suite opening
With chief executive officer Steve Williamson are hospital staff Jackie Knox, James Shaw, Joseph Moore and Tim O’Leary.

Philips UK and Ireland managing director Mark Leftwich said: “After three years of partnership and collaboration, this marks an extraordinary milestone for staff and patients at Royal Cornwall. The purpose-built spaces have not only been designed meticulously to support patients and their families, but also the clinical teams behind their care.

“The Philips Ambient Experience is a brilliant example of this, with light and visual technology that creates an energising environment for staff to work within, and puts patients at ease during scans, reducing anxiety and leading to fewer rescans.”

Lead picture: Cutting the ribbon to the Lowen haematology/oncology ward are Sarah Caskey, Bryson Pottinger and Steve Williamson.

Published on page 6 of the August 2023 issue of RAD Magazine.

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