The South West Cardiothoracic Centre was officially opened on Friday 2 November 2007 by Sir Ian Carruthers, the Chief Executive of NHS South West, and former General Manager of Plymouth Hospitals. The ‘Terence Lewis Building’ appropriately named in honour of the former Medical Director who was instrumental in establishing Derriford as a centre of cardiothoracic excellence offers cardiothoracic services to a population of 1.6 million in a state-of-the-art building with facilities ‘like a hotel’ in the words of some of the first patients to be treated there.
The South West Cardiothoracic Centre
A virtual tour of the South West Cardiothoracic Centre
The new standard of the accommodation delivers more space around each bed, quiet rooms for relatives and improved staff facilities. Every bed has access to ceiling mounted hoists and the provision of state of the art infection control rooms mean that regardless of a patient’s condition, appropriate accommodation can be provided to manage infection should it occur.
The new wing cost around £39 million and was centrally funded. The development has provided an additional 12,000m2 floor area, which is an increase of 10% on the existing hospital and has released space in the existing hospital building to enable the refurbishment programme. The wards in the Centre (Braunton, Bickleigh, Crownhill, Cleabrook, Torrington, Torcross) were named by our patients and public from around the Peninsula.
Level 7 - Clearbrook Ward
This is a cardiac surgery ward. The wards are identical in physical structure housing 26 beds in total. The four-bedded bays have been designed with en-suite facilities, increasing patient privacy and improving the control of infections. All beds have overhead hoist facilities for patient and staff comfort and safety.
Level 6 - Torrington and TorcrossLevel 5 contains the Research and Development Unit complete with a clinical trials ward for six daycase patients, two consulting rooms, an examination room and a teaching room. It is also has seminar rooms and clinical teaching areas which are used by students from the Peninsula Medical School. The Discovery Library is also situated on level 5. Funded through charitable donations, it is designed around the theme of Antarctic exploration and was officially opened in August by top British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Level six of the Centre is home to the cardiac surgical intensive care unit (CICU), the high-dependency unit (HDU) and the coronary care unit (CCU). These comprise of 10 beds, six beds, eight beds respectively and four single isolation rooms. These specialised isolation rooms will assist in the control of infection issues. Each bed on this floor has increased patient monitoring.
“I can say categorically that we would not have had this fantastic facility if it were not for Terence Lewis. He lobbied the Health Authority and the Department of Health and he put the case to our own Board. Of course there are many others in Cardiothoracics, Planning and Estates who made major contributions to this development – thank you to you all - but it was Terence who went into battle to get the building in the first place.” Paul Roberts, Chief Executive.