Health & Social Care

Please stay away unless your life is in danger, Royal Cornwall Hospital urges Accident & Emergency patients

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall Hospital has appealed to patients not to come to its Accident and Emergency unit if they can avoid it. The hospital issued an...

Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust board axes half its public meetings

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust board has approved a measure which will halve the extent to which it is exposed to public scrutiny. Trust chair Dr...

Covid-19 caused 32% fall in formal complaints to Royal Cornwall Hospital last year

By Anne North The number of formal complaints to the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust fell by nearly a third during the first year of the Covid pandemic, according to...

Royal Cornwall hospital gets ready for Covid’s third wave

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs are planning for the possibility of a third wave of Covid-19 infection later this year. A detailed report, drawing on the lessons of...

Covid restrictions for some Royal Cornwall hospital visitors relaxed

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall hospital has relaxed some of its Covid rules for visiting patients.  The rules were relaxed slightly last month and may be further eased...

Behind the curtain or under the carpet? Royal Cornwall Hospital bosses to axe monthly meetings in public

By Anne North Bosses at the Royal Cornwall hospital are to go ahead with plans to severely limit public scrutiny of their management.  They say this is so they...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s numbers less than half the national average, with only two weeks to go before the next easing of restrictions

By Anne North With only two weeks to go before the next scheduled easing of Covid-19 restrictions, Cornwall’s new case numbers continue to be less than half the national...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust “remains under investigation” as health boss refuses to release official reports

By Anne North Cornwall’s health bosses are refusing to release official documents which explain the background to the sudden resignation of a chief executive. Phil Confue quit as leader...

County Hall officials told they must not ignore the local government Ombudsman

By Richard Whitehouse A senior Cornwall council officer has been told to write to more than 2,000 people to ask if they want a review of the way their...

Covid-19: Two weeks after the easing of some lockdown restrictions, rate of infection is slightly higher

By Anne North The rate of Covid-19 infection in Cornwall is continuing to creep up, following the lifting of some lockdown restrictions two weeks ago. The latest rate is...

Merger between Royal Cornwall Hospital and Cornwall Partnership NHS Trusts “won’t be going ahead any time soon”

By Anne North The chairman of Cornwall’s Health and Wellbeing Board has confirmed that the proposed merger between the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation...

Plans to merge Cornwall’s health service put “on hold” as NHS chiefs in London try to resolve local management issues

By Anne North The proposed merger between the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and the Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust has been put “on hold” pending resolution of two inquiries initiated...

Covid-19: little change in Cornwall’s infection rate

By Anne North The latest NHS data for seven-day averages per 100,000 population show: Plymouth 6.9 Torbay 7.3 Devon 9.5 Cornwall 10.8 The speed with which Cornwall has gone...

Cornwall health boss “approved £30,000 payment” to former chief executive to fund doctoral research

By Anne North Cornwall’s health bosses are maintaining a wall of silence around the sudden departure of a long-serving chief executive and the continuing struggle for financial and managerial...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s new case numbers holding steady

By Anne North There has been little change in the rate of new Covid-19 infections in Cornwall over the past 24 hours, as last week's easing of some restrictions...

Covid-19: One week after the easing of lockdown, Cornwall’s numbers start going up again

By Anne North The first week of eased Covid restrictions has coincided with a slight increase in the number of cases in Cornwall, and a trebling of small clusters....

Covid-19: Cornwall once again has lowest infection rate in the South West, with only two small clusters remaining

By Anne North There are now only two small Covid clusters in Cornwall, according to the latest NHS data. Crowan, Wendron and Stithians and St Breward, Tredethy and Lanivet...

Royal Cornwall Hospital boss quits after “vengeful whistleblower” row

By Anne North The director of Human Resources at the Royal Cornwall Hospital is leaving her job after tensions which saw her describe some colleagues as “vengeful.” Kerry Eldridge...

Covid-19: only three small clusters left in Cornwall

By Anne North There are only three small clusters of Covid-19 infection remaining in Cornwall, according to the latest official data. The clusters are at Wadebridge (3 cases), Crowan,...

Feeding hungry children set to become part of the “new normal” for Cornwall Council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The number of children in Cornwall who need a free school meal increased by nearly 3,000 because of the economic impact of Covid-19, according to a...