Health & Social Care

Royal Cornwall hospital back on black alert

By Julia Penhaligon Conservative fears that a winter health service crisis could derail its general election campaign have come a step closer with confirmation that Cornwall’s main acute hospital...

Cornwall’s NHS: Will the general election signal the end of the road for Kennally Care?

By Graham Smith The general election has put one of the most controversial proposed changes to Cornwall’s health service on hold. The prospect of what was originally known as...

Isles of Scilly goes boldly in to the brave new health and social care future

By Anne North The Isles of Scilly looks like it could become a guinea-pig for an experimental integration of health and social care. The scheme aims to co-locate primary...

Cornwall’s children’s services rated “outstanding”

By Anne North Ofsted has rated Cornwall’s children’s services as “outstanding” – putting County Hall in the top 10% of local councils in the country.  Cornwall is the only...

The growing need for older people’s homes in Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse Thousands more homes will need to be built in Cornwall to provide housing for an ageing population. Cornwall Council has revealed that there will be a...

“No decision yet” on future of Edward Hain hospital, insist health chiefs

By Anne North There is still a glimmer of hope that the Edward Hain hospital, St Ives, might be saved for the sort of community care role which has...

End of the road for Edward Hain hospital’s “community care” project, as the estate agents get closer to selling the building

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An “inspirational” project to provide care for elderly and vulnerable people, at the Edward Hain hospital, St Ives, has been axed – bringing fresh uncertainty about...

Cornwall spending more on climate change than any other council

By Daniel Clark Devon and Cornwall councils have committed more cash than any other council towards tackling climate change. An investigation carried out by environmental journalism website DeSmog UK showed that...

Brexit could cause Cornwall’s elderly to seek shelter at Royal Cornwall Hospital, warns NHS chief

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s health chiefs have warned that Brexit could lead to a huge increase in demand for beds at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, as nursing staff...

Make care personal, and end “silo” working, are the key messages from adult social work peer review

By Julia Penhaligon There are aspects of Cornwall Council’s adult social care work which are stuck in the past and have a tendency towards “silo” working, according to a...

Wanted: gentlemen footballers of a generous girth

By Peter Tremayne Men in the Hayle area who might not consider themselves to be among nature’s athletes are being encouraged to take up football.  There is one condition...

Cornwall’s health and social care system gets its man: the first Independent Chair of the Integrated Care Partnership is named

By Anne North The new boss of Cornwall’s “integrated” health and social service is to be John Govett, a former senior executive with Surrey County Council and currently vice...

The complex issue of suicide prevention, and raising walkway barriers on the Tamar Bridge, will have to be decided by Cornwall Council’s cabinet

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council’s 10-member cabinet will have to decide whether or not to raise parapets on the Tamar Bridge, following calls that to do so move might...

Care Quality Commission fines Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust for breaching “duty of candour” rules

By Anne North The Care Quality Commission has fined the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust £16,250 for failing to say “sorry” to patients and failing to be open with them....

How to spend Cornwall’s £450 million health windfall: six points of view

By Anne North Cornwall’s MPs have responded in very different ways to news that none of their local health bosses knew anything about the government’s pre-election promise of £450...

EXCLUSIVE: The curious case of the £450 million “new hospital cash” that nobody asked for

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s health chiefs had no advance warning about Boris Johnson’s announcement, at the Conservative Party conference, of £450 million to build a new acute hospital in...

Boris Johnson’s promise of £450 million for a new Cornish hospital comes under the microscope – with doubts over if (never mind when) it might actually happen

By Anne North Boris Johnson’s promise of £450 million to build a new hospital in Cornwall has started to unravel, only 24 hours after it grabbed headlines at the...

Cornwall “to get £450 million for a new hospital” if Tories win election, says Boris Johnson

By Anne North The Conservatives are promising to build a new acute hospital in Cornwall, should they win the general election. It is not known where the hospital would...

Cornwall has a new logo for health and social care “partnership” but identity of the new leader remains a mystery

By Graham Smith NHS England has still not confirmed the identity of the new “Independent Chair” who is expected to become cheerleader for Cornwall’s proposed Integrated Care System –...

County Hall to intervene when Cornwall’s private care homes fail

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has agreed that it will step in to rescue failing care homes amid concerns about the number of beds being lost. In agreeing to...