Private hospital to work with the Royal Cornwall Hospital during the coronavirus pandemic

A private hospital in Truro is working with the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust to support patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Duchy Hospital, which is run by Ramsay Health Care UK, has made its entire hospital capacity and all staff available to help in the fight against COVID-19.

The two hospitals already work together but this major move is the result of a special deal between the company and the NHS to help cope with the outbreak.

Duchy Hospital will do everything it takes to support Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and the people of Cornwall at this time of crisis. Our staff are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with the NHS at the frontline to fight against COVID-19.

Louise Rowbotham, Hospital Director at Duchy Hospital
This deal with the Duchy Hospital will relieve pressure on the Royal Cornwall Hospital at this time of crisis. Credit: ITV West Country

The changes are as follows:

  • The RCH'S Lowen Ward, which looks after haematology, oncology and palliative care patients, is moving to the Duchy Hospital site

  • The RCHT Medical Day Unit and staff are also relocating to the site

  • Duchy Hospital has provided an anaesthetist, a theatre team, physios and OTs to support the trauma team at St Michael's in Hayle

  • Clinical staff at Duchy Hospital will be trained to work in ITU (Intensive Therapy Unit) so they can be available in later phases of Covid-19

It’s fantastic to see how our local community is rallying round to make sure Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly get through this together. The support from Ramsay and the team at Duchy will be really important to our combined efforts and will help us to save lives and do the absolute best we can for our people.

Kate Shields, Chief Executive at RCHT