West Cornwall Hospital

The Urgent Treatment Centre at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance is open from 8am to midnight for people needing urgent medical care for injuries and conditions such as minor burns and scalds, simple fractures to the arms and legs, cuts, urinary infections and minor falls.

West Cornwall Hospital is in Penzance and provides a wide range of healthcare services including:

Please see below for a full list of parking, facilities and available services and speak to your GP or hospital clinician about choosing West Cornwall Hospital for your care.

Please remember, all of our hospital sites are smoke-free. This includes outside and in the car parks.

Site access and parking restrictions

Work has started at West Cornwall Hospital to build a new Outpatient block to the front (left) of the main entrance. This is due to complete at the end of March 2025. Access will be provided via the main entrance throughout the build, however all parking on site, except accessible parking, has now been suspended until the construction is finished.  Accessible parking bays have been re-provided to the east of the entrance, by Therapies, and a new drop-off zone has been created close to the main entrance.

Regular parking for patients and visitors is available at St Erbyn’s car park, and Causewayhead Car Park, both approximately 200 m from the hospital entrance. Accessible parking at the back of the hospital (by the current Outpatient Department) will be maintained.

We ask all users of West Cornwall Hospital to respect the residents living in the immediate vicinity and not to park in such as way as to block driveways or indeed to impede their own parking requirements close to their homes.

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Contact details

  • Telephone: 01736 874000
  • Address: West Cornwall Hospital, St Clare St, Penzance, TR18 2PF

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Car parking and public transport

Parking at West Cornwall Hospital

The main car park is in front of the hospital main entrance off Penalverne Drive. There are Blue Badge spaces and dropping off points right outside the entrance.

It is a pay and display car park, run by Saba UK.

They can be contacted on 01872 272834.

Parking spaces are limited, so please bear in mind you may not find a space quickly. Remember to make a note of what time your ticket expires and, of course, only use a disabled space if you’re displaying a Blue Badge.

Parking costs at West Cornwall Hospital:

Up to 1 hour: £1.00
Up to 2 hours: £2.00
Up to 3 hours: £3.00
Up to 4 hours: £4.00
Up to 5 hours: £5.00
Up to 24 hours: £10.00
Free parking for Blue Badge

Free parking for Blue Badge holders and frequent attenders

  • Blue badge holders need only display a valid blue badge.
  • People who frequently attend outpatient appointments (at least 3 times a month for at least 3 months) will still need to obtain a Pay & Display ticket. This cost can then be recovered from the General Office if ‘frequent attender’ criteria is satisfied. This is in addition to the free parking currently offered by the patient departmental permit scheme.

Concessionary tickets for long-term patients and visitors:

5-day tickets: £18.90
7-day tickets: £26.92
Monthly tickets: £43.13
(If you need to buy a concessionary long-term ticket, you’ll need to ask the ward or department you are visiting for a form.)

Public transport

It’s not a bad idea to think of alternative transport if you can; for public transport information, you can call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

Help with travel and parking expenses

If you need help getting to the hospital, there are several community transport schemes that could help. If you receive Income Support or other benefits, you might also be able to reclaim your travel and parking expenses; visit our ‘Practical help and advice‘ page for more information.

Facilities at West Cornwall Hospital

Pharmacies

West Cornwall Hospital pharmacy provides a clinical service for inpatients at the hospital.

Bedside entertainment

There are a limited number of portable TVs available on the wards, as well as the day rooms for patients and visitors.

West Cornwall Hospital has a payphone available in the main reception area.

Laptops, mobile phones and other electronic devices

You can use these in the hospitals, however they can be disruptive for other patients on the wards so we ask that you are respectful, use headphones if possible and switch them off if a member of staff asks you to.

They can sometimes interfere with medical equipment, so if you are asked to switch them off by one of our staff, please do so straight away.

Wi-Fi

There is free Wi-Fi available throughout West Cornwall Hospital.

To connect to Wi-Fi

The Wi-Fi network is called NHS-Wi-Fi. It is an open network and you don’t need a password. To get access, connect to the network in the usual way and a short registration form should pop up automatically. Your device will then stay connected for 24 hours, after which you’ll need to reconnect by filling out the form again.

Dining rooms, cafés and shops

The Coffee POD is in the main reception at West Cornwall Hospital and sells Teas, Coffees, light snacks, refreshments, sandwiches and salads pots. 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday. There are also a variety of vending machines on site serving hot and cold snacks and drinks 24-hours a day.

The League of Friends trolley shop regularly visits the wards.

Don’t forget to ask your doctor or nurse for advise if you’re on a special diet and thinking of using the dining room.

General Office

The General Office provides a front-line cash service and a point of contact for patients who are eligible to claim travel expenses for hospital appointments.

What we do at the General Office:

  • Help patients that qualify for travel reimbursements. We can advise whether patients are in receipt of the relevant benefits and provide advice on the methods of transport that can be reimbursed in full.
  • Receive payments for invoices and donations to any of the hospital’s wards or departments.
  • Accept donations to the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Fund
  • We encourage patients to leave valuable items and large sums of cash at home, but if this isn’t possible, we can keep patient’s cash and valuables safe and secure.
  • Receive lost property items (we’ll keep them for three months)
  • Provide travel information on how to get to your hospital appointment

Opening Hours

The UTC at WCH is open from 8am to 9pm

Location

Main Reception at West Cornwall Hospital

Phone

01736 874000

Page last reviewed: 31 May 2024

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