Health & Social Care

Covid-19: two more hospital patients die in Cornwall

By Anne North Two more patients have died from Covid at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, bringing to five the number of deaths in the past two weeks. Government...

Covid-19: Government figures reporting a further fall in daily new cases in Cornwall are contradicted by independent scientific study

By Anne North The number of new daily Covid cases in Cornwall continues to fall, according to the latest government figures, and is now 319.5 per 100,000 population.  The...

Cars v Homes: Cornwall’s planners prepare to think again on bid to house student nurses in Truro

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The ambition of Cornwall Council to realise policies on transport, climate change, and suitable homes for key workers and students is set to collide once more...

Covid-19: new case numbers in Cornwall continue to fall

By Anne North The number of daily new Covid cases in Cornwall is continuing to fall, according to government figures, and is now 343.8 per 100,000 population.  There are...

Trust us, say health chiefs, as another of Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units joins the “temporary” closure list

By Anne North Cornwall’s health bosses have finally explained the sudden closure of Launceston’s Minor Injury Unit, part of the town’s community hospital. NHS Kernow said patients from that...

Covid-19: new case numbers in Cornwall fall for the first time in several weeks

The number of new daily Covid cases in Cornwall has fallen for the first time in several weeks.  It is now 385.1 per 100,000 population, compared with an average...

Launceston Minor Injury Unit closes suddenly with no explanation

By Anne North The minor injury unit at Launceston has been closed until October.  No formal announcement appears to have been made nor any reason given, although similar sudden...

Covid-19: the number of patients occupying Cornwall’s hospital beds is going up, as government wonders just how bad it has to be before bringing back restrictions

By Anne North The number of patients with Covid-19 occupying beds at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, has rocketed since the start of June, according to NHS data. The...

Royal Cornwall hospital gets its third boss in three years

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, is getting another interim chief executive following the departure of Kate Shields to lead the new Integrated Care System next month....

Covid-19: Cornwall’s cluster map gets darker and darker, as hospital sees fourth death in a week

Cornwall now has 413.8 cases per 100,000 population, compared with an average for England of 545.1.  Devon is 423 and Plymouth 926.4.  The Newquay West area now has 1,242.7...

Concern over County Hall’s approach to Boardmasters’ festival, as councillor breaks ranks and says that a “be careful” message is not enough to protect the public

By Anne North One of the country’s top Covid scientists has claimed that government policy towards events such as the imminent Newquay Boardmasters’ festival are part of a deliberate...

Covid-19: three more deaths in a week at the Royal Cornwall hospital

By Anne North Three more patients have died of Covid at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, in the past seven days. The grim statistic is consistent with other data...

Isles of Scilly council reveals the public cost of getting Covid patients back to the mainland – and the value of holding meetings in public

By Anne North Seven people have had to be evacuated from the Isles of Scilly, at public expense, because of Covid in recent months. Unlike Cornwall Council, the Council...

Covid-19: the Newquay hotspot is about to get even hotter, as thousands prepare for Boardmasters festival

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs are bracing themselves for what they fear could be another Covid “super-spreader” event when thousands of people descend on Newquay for the five-day...

Who is running Cornwall’s health service? It’s not who you voted for

By Anne North A scheduled meeting of Cornwall’s Health and Wellbeing Board – the first since before the 6th May local elections - has been postponed.  The notice of...

Covid-19: The virus strengthens its grip on Newquay

All three “cluster” areas in and around Newquay are now recording more than 1,000 new cases per 100,000 population, putting that part of Cornwall among the most infectious in...

Covid-19: virus claims another life at the Royal Cornwall hospital

By Anne North Covid-19 has claimed another life at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, bringing to six the number of deaths in a 22-day period ending 19th July. This...

Covid-19: Newquay is now one of the worst affected parts of the UK

The Covid-19 incidence rate in part of Newquay has now passed the point where more than one person in every 100 has the disease.  The Newquay West area is...

Covid forces closure of Newquay Tretherras school, meaning early start to the summer holidays for 1,600 pupils

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Newquay Tretherras school has closed early for the summer holidays because so many pupils and staff have tested positive for Covid.  Most schools in Cornwall are...

Busiest weekend in history – the South West Ambulance Service had to deal with an incident every 26 seconds

By Peter Tremayne South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) has recorded its busiest week on record, for the second time so far this month. SWASFT responded to...