Health & Social Care

Government says extra staff and taxis are being used to keep pressure off Truro’s Royal Cornwall hospital

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has sought to reassure Cornwall’s MPs that it will help Truro’s Royal Cornwall hospital overcome the “major incident” it declared following Monday’s acute pressure...

“Kennally Care” about to take another step forward, as the quest gets underway for an Independent Chair

By Graham Smith The search is underway for someone to lead the Shaping Our Future board – the coming together of Cornwall’s health and council sectors to integrate care....

Royal Cornwall hospital crisis continues

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Outpatients at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, are being warned their appointments might be cancelled today (Wednesday) as a result of the “major incident” status caused...

Health chiefs confirm Bude’s Minor Injury Unit will become “Community Health Centre” next month, ending nine-month overnight closure

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall’s health chiefs have been given the green light to pioneer a new form of community treatment centre, at the North Cornwall hospital which had been...

Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust now rated as “good” by Care Quality Commission

By Anne North The Care Quality Commission has rated dementia and mental health wards run by the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as “outstanding.” Overall the Trust was rated...

Flybe stops selling nuts because of passenger allergy fears

By Peter Tremayne Newquay airport airline Fly is to stop selling peanuts or nut-based products on board its own-operated flights.  The airline said it has made the decision “in...

Norovirus closes three wards at Truro’s Royal Cornwall hospital

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Royal Cornwall Hospital at Truro has been forced to close three wards because of the Norovirus vomiting bug. Staff urged patients to treat themselves at...

The postcode lottery that can make the difference between life and death: how long should you wait for an ambulance in Cornwall?

By Anne North Ambulance managers have provided detailed data about emergency response-times in the most rural parts of Cornwall, following concern that some patients have to wait too long....

Bude & Stratton hospital to re-open overnight from August – as a Community Treatment Centre

By Anne North People who need treatment for minor injuries in the Bude area will be asked to take part in an experiment which could see their local hospital...

Cornwall’s hospital cleaners vote to strike in dispute over poverty pay

By Graham Smith Cleaners and porters at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in pursuit of a pay claim. Nearly 600 workers, members of...

Heavy rain brings pollution risk, warns Surfers Against Sewage

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Surfers Against Sewage is warning swimmers that the heavy rain has increased the risk of contaminated bathing water off the Cornish coast. SAS said 185 sewers...

Mevagissey doctors’ surgery saved as NHS England appoints new contract

By Graham Smith The doctors’ surgery at Mevagissey has been saved, after the Camborne-based Veor surgery stepped in to take over the contract. The Mevagissey surgery had been at...

Doctors’ magazine comments irk Mevagissey surgery campaigners

By Graham Smith Campaigners trying to save the doctors’ surgery at Mevagissey have been upset by some of the comments attached to an article in the GPs’ magazine Pulse....

Nearly 4,000 petition health chiefs to save Mevagissey’s GP surgery

By Peter Tremayne St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double, and local Mevagissey councillor James Mustoe, have urged Cornwall’s health chiefs to commit to keeping open the local GPs’...

Health chiefs meet to consider the future of Mevagissey’s GP surgery

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s health chiefs meet tomorrow (Tuesday) to hear an update on the future of Mevagissey’s GP surgery.  The surgery could close at the end of next...

Saltash hospital travel distances “published in error” say health chiefs

By Graham Smith Health chiefs have blamed an “administrative error” for publishing incorrect information about the distances patients in South East Cornwall will have to travel as a result...

Cornwall’s health bosses say Saltash is closer than you think (wherever you are) as they seek to justify hospital closures

By Graham Smith Health chiefs have started to publish their case for closing some of Cornwall’s community hospitals – including claims that Saltash is much closer to other facilities...

Six-week wait for next update on the overnight closure of Bude’s Minor Injury Unit

By Richard Whitehouse Health bosses have told Cornwall councillors they hope to restore 24-hour cover at the Bude Minor Injury Unit “by the summer.”  Local people have been advised...

Bude’s overnight Minor Injury Unit will stay closed until at least July

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Minor Injury Unit at Bude and Stratton hospital will remain closed overnight until at least July.  Health bosses have admitted that their attempts to recruit...

Dying by numbers: Cornwall’s suicide rates among highest in the country

By Richard Whitehouse More than one person a week takes their own life in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on average. That was a shocking fact which was...