Visitors to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro have been warned of “significant parking and access disruption” as work begins on a major development at the Treliske site.

Preparation work for the new Women and Children’s Hospital will be taking place over the coming months, resulting in what has been described as “major changes” to parking.

In a statement the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust warned: “Major changes to parking at Royal Cornwall Hospital have started.

"As we prepare our site for the new Women and Children’s Hospital over the coming months, we can expect significant parking and access disruption, with limits on parking spaces.

“There are also likely to be delays getting in and out of the car parks, particularly at the start and end of the day.”

Changes to the previous parking options will include:

Visitor Parking

  • The contractors’ cabins in the ED car park will move to Rosemullion House car park in March to free up more of the accessible car parking spaces closer the Link Corridor entrance and Emergency Department.
  • In Visitor Car Park 1C (overflow) 80 standard spaces are being converted into 50 fully accessible spaces. This will happen in April.
  • Maintenance work will be carried out in Visitor Car Park 1B in April.
  • Visitor Car Park 1A will close completely to reroute the entrance into the hospital for the new Pathology building to be constructed. The date is to be confirmed, but after June.

Staff Parking

  • 176 more spaces in the Gravel Pit Staff Car Park. Work has started already and will complete at the end of July.
  • 80 fewer spaces in S2 Staff Car Park as they are converted into visitor parking. Barrier work is underway to create new entrances and exits. Changeover will be after June.
  • Rosemullion House car park will be closed to staff from March, when contractors’ cabins will move from the ED car park.

Falmouth Packet: The scheduled roadworks and car park changes at the Treliske site to AprilThe scheduled roadworks and car park changes at the Treliske site to April (Image: RCHT)

Staff who are not on night shifts or extended shifts are being urged to walk, cycle or use the bus and Park and Ride services where possible, to keep spaces free for colleagues who are working outside of these hours.

The Trust added: “Many colleagues who work long shifts and night shifts have no alternative but to park on site, and we urge colleagues who work between 7am and 7pm, please use the Park and Ride, local bus network, cycle or walk, where possible.

“If you have a parking permit but will be choosing not to use it, it will be refunded.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused. If you have any questions, please contact”

The new Women and Children's Hospital will bring together services for women and children in one dedicated building, featuring maternity services, neonatal care, paediatric care and obstetric and gynaecology services. 

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The new hospital is being built between, and will be connected to, the existing Tower Block and Trelawny Wing. 

Key features include consultant and midwife-led birthing suites, a more spacious neonatal intensive care unit, transitional care facilities with family rooms and a dedicated day assessment unit for maternity patients.