The Royal Cornwall Hospitals’ NHS Trust
The Royal Cornwall Hospital is situated in the Cathedral city of Truro in the centre of the Cornish Peninsula. The surrounding countryside is renowned for its spectacular rural and coastal scenery. Cornwall is well known for its surfing beaches, coastal and inland sailing waters, as well as equestrian opportunities. The strong heritage of Cornwall has been further enhanced with the opening of the Eden Project and the National Maritime Museum. Over recent years there has been an unprecedented growth in high quality restaurants and family orientated leisure facilities. The main road links to the rest of the country have been further enhanced by major improvements to the A30. Local rail links to London include regular daytime and sleeper services, and there are regular daily flights to London from Newquay Airport, as well as to other national and international destinations.
The Royal Cornwall Hospitals’ NHS Trust (RCHT) is part of the Cornwall Healthcare Community, working in partnership with other local trusts to deliver high quality healthcare services across the county. The Trust has close links to medical specialist services in the South West Peninsula and beyond. Serving a widespread local population, as well as thousands of visitors to Cornwall each year, poses a number of unique healthcare challenges. The Trust delivers acute medical and surgical services to a population of approximately 400,000, and has a higher proportion of elderly people than the national average. The population more than doubles during the busy holiday periods. RCHT comprises three main hospitals: The Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro; West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance, and St. Michael’s in Hayle. Outpatient and other services are also provided at a large number of community-based NHS locations around the county and a number of corporate support services are located away from the main hospital sites.