Health & Social Care

Covid-19: South West “R” number is now between 0.7 and 1.1, says government

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The “R” number for Covid-19 in the south west remains relatively high, according to the government’s latest figures – between 0.7 and 1.1. If the “R”...

Cornwall’s leisure centres can reopen on 25th July – but County Hall’s 2016 outsourcing contract puts a question mark over their future

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s leisure centres are due to reopen in a little over two weeks, following a government decision yesterday (Thursday). Users – particularly those in swimming clubs...

Covid-19: 12 new cases confirmed in Cornwall since lockdown lifted last weekend

By Anne North There have been 12 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Cornwall since movement restrictions were lifted last weekend, according to official NHS figures released this afternoon....

The rising cost of Covid-19 in Cornwall reaches £74 million

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has revealed that its bill in tackling coronavirus has topped £74 million. The latest figure was revealed at a meeting of the full council...

Equipment shortages caused deaths in Cornwall’s care homes, says councillor in charge

By Richard Whitehouse The Cornwall councillor responsible for care homes has said that the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the problems with accessing it led to deaths...

Cornwall’s health workers tune in to hear about their latest “Back to The Future” managerial shake-up

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s two main National Health Service providers have taken an important step towards a merger, potentially turning the clock back nearly 20 years to a completely...

Covid-19: seven new cases confirmed in Cornwall at the weekend

By Graham Smith Seven new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Cornwall over the weekend – almost as many as during the whole of June. The total number of...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s care homes make further progress, although a few are struggling

By Rashleigh MacFarlane There appears to have been further progress in improving Covid-19 security in Cornwall’s care homes, according to the most recent update of information supplied by each...

Boozing is fine, but voting is far too dangerous: the curious case of Cornwall’s suspended democracy

By Anne North Local councils across Cornwall will have to wait until May next year to fill any casual vacancies caused by the death or resignation of sitting members....

Year Zero for Cornwall and Covid-19: all the new numbers start from here, as County Hall explains why it will not be publishing them

By Julia Penhaligon This weekend’s tourist invasion marks the start of a completely new chapter in Cornwall’s Covid-19 encounter – with the battle for hearts and minds moving sharply...

Covid-19: How the government has suddenly increased Cornwall’s Coronavirus infection by 48% at the press of a button

By Anne North The government has confirmed that the rate of Covid-19 infection in Cornwall is far higher than previously recorded.  A simple change to the way test results...

Royal Cornwall Hospital emergency teams prepare for Saturday’s tourist invasion – “it’s going to be like New Year’s Eve”

By Anne North The emergency team at Cornwall's main hospital is gearing itself up for Saturday’s expected tourist invasion, with doctors, nurses and porters preparing to deal with the...

Covid-19: Cornwall now has a local lockdown plan, but still does not know how it will work

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has called for more clarity about what it can do to control any Coronavirus outbreaks. The call follows yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) publication of County Hall’s...

Questions over how many people in Cornwall have tested positive for Covid-19, as County Hall says it “needs permission” to publish the true figure

By Richard Whitehouse Concerns have been raised that the number of positive cases of coronavirus in Cornwall are being under reported and could be four times higher. The government...

Have fake tranquilisers killed three people in Cornwall? Town and parish councillors puzzle over “confidential” alert

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s town and parish councillors are puzzling over a “confidential” drugs briefing which warns of illegally-produced tranquilisers which might have caused three deaths. The notice was...

Covid-19: 136 elderly patients were discharged from hospital into Cornwall’s care homes without testing

By Richard Whitehouse New figures show that 136 patients were discharged from Cornwall’s main hospital into care homes without being tested for Coronavirus. The disclosure supports claims of a...

Covid-19: South West “R” number rises to 1.1 – possibly 1.8 – according to independent scientists

By Julia Penhaligon The latest “R” number for Covid-19 in the South West region is over 1, according to independent scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical...

The cost of Cornwall’s social care – another public consultation exercise gets underway

By Rashleigh MacFarlane County Hall has launched a major public consultation exercise about its charging regime for adult social care, after being forced to abandon a similar project two...

Seven days to make Cornwall safe, as “Super Saturday” tourist invasion looms

By Julia Penhaligon Many of Cornwall’s tourism businesses face a frantic week of last-minute adjustments to make themselves “Covid-compliant” in anticipation of “Super Saturday” in just seven days. Cornwall...

Get ready for a new round of Covid-19 info-wars as holidaymakers prepare for next weekend’s invasion

By Peter Tremayne Interest in Cornwall’s Covid-19 statistics – official and unofficial - will take on a new significance next month as thousands of holidaymakers invade, as a result...