Health & Social Care

Cornwall’s MPs expected to back the government in Tuesday’s Covid-19 vote, as yet another national crisis boils down to internal Tory Party divisions

By Julia Penhaligon Furious Conservative MPs are preparing for a vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday in a bid to make more precise the government’s “blunt instrument”...

Hospital beds must stay in South West Cornwall, say councillors

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have said that beds lost due to the closure of a St Ives hospital should be provided elsewhere in the local area. Edward Hain...

Covid-19: Why Cornwall’s Tier 1 status means the virus is now all about politics – and that things can only get worse

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon People in Cornwall have been urged to remain vigilant and follow all public health guidelines when the Duchy enters the lowest Tier One...

BREAKING: Cornwall in Tier 1, Devon in Tier 2 for Covid rules

By Anne North Cornwall is to be in Tier 1 for Covid-19 restrictions, the government has announced.  Devon is to be in Tier 2. This means the rules governing...

Concern over cuts to Cornwall’s drug and alcohol services

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have raised concerns about a rising demand for drug and alcohol treatment services while funding for services is being cut. The council’s health and...

Covid-19: Testing Cornwall’s care workers “must improve”

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have called for more to be done to ensure care staff have the same access to coronavirus testing as staff in the NHS. Concerns...

Covid-19: more than 100 test positive at Bodmin meat factory

By Anne North More than 100 workers at the Kepak meat processing factory in Bodmin have tested positive for Covid-19. They are now self-isolating following action by public health...

Politicians have their say about Covid-19 in Cornwall: be prepared for a bumpy ride

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon A Cornish MP has said that “we can safely assume” that Cornwall will be in Tier One once the current Covid lockdown ends...

Back to the future with local Covid-19 rules – it will all end in Tiers

By Anne North Cornwall looks set to be confirmed as a Tier 1 area for Covid-19 restrictions when the government makes a formal announcement on Thursday. The government is...

Covid-19: South West R number falls to 1.0-1.3

By Anne North There is further evidence that rate of Covid-19 infection in Cornwall might be in decline, more than two weeks after the national lockdown came into effect....

Covid-19: rate of infection in Cornwall might be slowing

By Anne North There are signs that the spread of Covid-19 across Cornwall might be slowing, as the three-day average number of new cases is now 57 per day...

Covid-19 restrictions: Is Cornwall about find out that Tier 2 is the new Tier 1, with new rules about who can meet indoors?

By Anne North Cornwall is unlikely to return to its “Tier 1” status when the national Covid-19 lockdown ends on 2nd December, a government advisor has warned. Dr Susan...

Under the hammer: Cornwall’s community hospitals edge closer to sale of the century

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs are preparing to hammer the final nails into the coffin of the Edward Hain hospital, St Ives, as they now discuss openly the...

Steve Double MP is among the first to try new American vaccine for Covid-19

By Anne North St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has become one of the first people in Cornwall to take part in government trials of a potential anti-Covid-19...

Cornwall pioneering new rapid Covid-19 tests for care home visitors

By Anne North Care home bosses are watching with interest the progress of a new “rapid-Covid-19-testing” pilot scheme for visitors which started in Cornwall yesterday (Monday.) Cornwall is one...

Covid-19: Stick to the rules, warns County Hall

By Anne North Cornwall’s public health officials have taken the unusual step of warning people about the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, as the number of infections reported each day...

Covid-19: Cornwall records 250 new cases in 48 hours

By Anne North With only 17 days to go before the national Covid-19 lockdown is due to be lifted, Cornwall has recorded 250 new cases in the past 48...

Covid-19: Cornwall records its highest-ever single-day increase in new cases

By Anne North Cornwall recorded another 83 cases of Covid-19 yesterday (Thursday), the largest-ever single day increase. The previous highest single-day rise – 77 new positive cases - was...

Royal Cornwall Hospital records eight “never events” in six months

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall Hospital, at Truro, has recorded eight “never” events in six months, according to the Health Service Journal today (Thursday.) A “never event” is...

Hotel plan ready to help with hospital discharge of vulnerable patients

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has secured a new agreement with a hotel should it need to provide accommodation for vulnerable patients discharged from hospital who cannot return to...