Royal visit to Cornish community hospital

by Caroline Welch

HRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Stratton Community Hospital near Bude in Cornwall.

The Prince and Duchess toured the facilities and met staff and patients, as well as unveiling a plaque to commemorate the recent re-opening of the hospital following a £3.3 million restoration.

The Prince praised the contribution of staff and volunteers at the hospital, particularly the local League of Friends. “Places like this depend on the devotion and dedication, and indeed the love shown by these remarkable people.”

James Wakeham, South Regional Director for NHS Property Services, attended the event. He said: “It was very rewarding for NHS Property Services to play a key role in delivering this project to the local population, alongside our partners in LIFT and Community First Cornwall. It was a unique privilege for me to attend such a celebratory and special occasion.”

Stratton Community Hospital reopened last year following extensive refurbishment and rebuilding works. Patients now have access to improved outpatient, x-ray, and minor injuries unit (MIU) facilities, as well as an inpatient ward. The new building offers more spacious accommodation, with purpose-built side rooms to support the privacy and dignity of patients and their families.

Efforts were also made to support patients with dementia and cognitive impairments, including naming the new wards after local beaches and using themed colour schemes throughout the hospital.