Duke of Cornwall breaks ground for islands health and social care facility

May 15, 2024

An exciting milestone for the Isles of Scilly Health and Social Care Facility took place last week with the Duke of Cornwall breaking ground on the site as part of his visit to the Islands.

The project is a collaboration between: Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Council of the Isles of Scilly; primary care; Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust; South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust; voluntary sector partners; mental health services. All partners are working in collaboration with the Duchy of Cornwall.

Bluesky Architects have been appointed to provide lead architectural and healthcare planning services for this project, working closely with key stakeholders from the NHS and service commissioners.

The facility will be part of a new model of care and will be located on the site of St Mary’s Community Hospital and land next to St Mary’s Health Centre and will provide 12 residential care home beds, NHS inpatient beds, a modern maternity suite. Other outpatient services will continue, including x-ray, minor injury unit, and dental and consulting rooms.

Alison Quinn, Design Director said ‘This project has provided some interesting design challenges due to the transport logistics of getting construction materials to the island. The design combines modern methods of construction developed off island with traditional construction methods to integrate new accommodation with the refurbishment of the existing hospital. The design needed to be sympathetic with the local surroundings whilst creating a new modern facility.

The NHS and wider project management and design team have been working collaboratively to deliver this rapid project programme. We look forward to welcoming the Duke of Cornwall back once this facility opens.’

More details about the project can be read on Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust news site.