Health & Social Care

County Hall promises action after man’s death from “self-neglect”

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has promised to urgently implement an “Action Plan” following the death of a man who died of self-neglect. The man died in 2016, after...

Health chief points to decline of school arts classes as factor in mental health problems

By Richard Whitehouse The chairwoman of the health trust responsible for mental health in Cornwall says that a reduction in creative arts in schools could impact on young people....

County Hall privatises Cornwall’s sexual health services

By Graham Smith Fears that County Hall’s ambition to impose “Kennally Care” on an unaware Cornwall have been heightened by a decision to take sexual health services away from...

St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double appointed to junior ministerial job at Department of Health

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double has been appointed to his first junior ministerial position.  He has become a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department...

Shoes polished, best suit at the ready: candidates to chair Cornwall’s new health and social care organisation prepare for Thursday’s interviews

By Graham Smith Plans to set up a pioneering new structure for health and social care in Cornwall have a key date next week when NHS and council bosses...

Bude’s new Community Treatment Centre “to open on Friday” – restoring overnight minor injury service

By Peter Tremayne The long-awaited return of overnight emergency NHS treatment in the Bude area is due to happen on Friday, Cornwall Reports understands, after the promised launch of...

Boris Johnson launches MMR vaccine drive at Royal Cornwall hospital

By Graham Smith Boris Johnson is at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, meeting managers and nurses before a private fundraising meeting with Conservative Party activists this lunchtime. The official...

Boris Johnson in Truro this morning

By Graham Smith Boris Johnson is expected to launch a new national drive to improve vaccination rates for babies when he visits the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, this morning...

Cornwall Council charged NHS car parking fees for mobile breast screening

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has abandoned its practice of charging the National Health Service for car parking when deploying mobile screening units to check for breast cancer.  Last...

RCHT back at Level 4 alert

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Royal Cornwall Hospital at Truro has moved back to its highest level of alert.  The hospital is often under severe pressure at this time of...

Johnson’s £100 million cash boost for Royal Cornwall hospital

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government is promising nearly £100 million to build a new women’s and children’s unit on the site of the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Truro. The...

Kennally Care to seek government backing in November – unless a general election gets there first

By Anne North The proposed “Kennally Care” takeover of Cornwall’s NHS aims to be operational next year, according to a report to health chiefs. The move away from the...

Cornwall Council buys St Day residential care home labelled “inadequate” by CQC

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has stepped to secure the safety and wellbeing of 33 vulnerable residents by purchasing a nursing home in St Day. Trefula House provides vital...

Cornwall’s Merlin Centre, which provides a unique service for multiple sclerosis sufferers, forced to close its new hydrotherapy pool

By Anne North The Merlin Centre, which provides therapy and services for people suffering from multiple sclerosis, is to close its new hydrotherapy pool. The pool opened in January...

West Cornwall Healthwatch appeals to NHS bosses: save us from Kennally Care

By Graham Smith West Cornwall Healthwatch has called on the National Health Service to scrap the “Kennally Care” project to create an Integrated Care Service. A letter from the...

From “outstanding” to “inadequate” in one single inspection – Penzance’s Morrab surgery is placed in special measures

By Rashleigh MacFarlane England’s Chief Inspector of General Practice has placed the Morrab Surgery, Penzance into special measures following a deterioration in the quality of its services. Morrab Surgery...

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...