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NHS trust appoints contractor to deliver £30m healthcare unit

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) have taken a major step forward in the construction of a new £30m healthcare facility, appointing a contractor to deliver the building project.

The new building will be a three-story extension to the hospital at Treliske and will feature a new MRI suite, 24-bed haematology oncology ward and associated facilities.

Funding for the extension, which will add to the existing Trelawny Wing, was provided via national NHS capital funding streams and delivered via the Government’s capital framework for healthcare in England, called Procure 22.

The new MRI suite will connect to the hospital’s existing imaging department and is designed to contain up to three scanners.

The new hospital ward would specialise in looking after haematology, oncology and palliative patients. It will also care for patients who need to be isolated as part of their treatment, with specially-ventilated rooms being installed to facilitate this purpose.

Work on the construction is expected to start shortly, with completion of the project anticipated to be finished by autumn 2022.

Roberta Fuller, Head of Hospital Reconfiguration at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT), said: "RCHT is delighted to be working on the new MRI suite and haematology/oncology unit. This new building will be of great benefit to the people of Cornwall; providing important diagnostic and treatment services in a modern, high quality environment.

"One of the reasons for selecting [this particular contractor] to work with us at RCHT was their extensive experience and reach within the construction industry."

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