Health & Social Care

No more tiers? Covid restrictions in Cornwall will lift at the same pace as those in England

By Anne North There will be no early return to local tiers when Boris Johnson unveils his “roadmap” out of Covid lockdown this afternoon. Cornwall Reports understands that the...

Covid-19: Very high vaccination rates in Cornwall

By Anne North Cornwall is one of the most Covid-vaccinated parts of the country, according to data compiled by local NHS bosses. The overall vaccination rate for all adults...

Covid-19: will this be the final lockdown?

By Julia Penhaligon A handful of cabinet members are this afternoon (Sunday) expected to sign off on the government’s top secret “roadmap” for lifting Covid-19 restrictions.  The 50-page document...

No evidence that crowded beaches spread Covid-19, scientist tells MPs

By Julia Penhaligon There has never been a case of Covid-19 transmission on a crowded beach, an expert told MPs today (Wednesday.) Police were forced to step in and...

Royal Cornwall hospital told to improve, to prevent “never events” in surgery

By Anne North The Care Quality Commission has warned the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust to make improvements to its surgical care services to prevent further ‘never events’ from...

“Mind Your Head” says farm safety group, launching this year’s mental health campaign

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Farm Safety Foundation has today (Monday) launched a week-long campaign about mental health in agriculture. The Foundation – also known as the Yellow Wellies –...

Cancer treatment facilities at Royal Cornwall Hospital set for major upgrade

By Anne North More details have been revealed about a new 24-bed blood cancer ward at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro.  New facilities will also include a Magnetic Resonance...

St Austell brewery boss accuses government of “arrogance and ignorance” over Covid lockdown rules

By Julia Penhaligon The boss of St Austell brewery has sent a stinging rebuke to Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the government’s failure to support the brewing industry during...

Covid-19: as the numbers fall, the political temperature once more starts to rise

By Anne North The rate of Covid-19 infection in Cornwall has fallen to 81.1 cases per 100,000 population, close to the where it was at the end of Lockdown...

Covid-19: has Royal Cornwall hospital just turned a corner?

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, has seen the first downward dip this year in the percentage of beds occupied by patients with Covid-19. Last week one...

At least two more weeks of Covid restrictions, as virus continues its slow retreat

By Anne North The rate of Covid-19 infection in Cornwall is continuing to fall, but is still higher than in Plymouth or most of Devon. Cornwall’s latest seven-day average...

Covid-19: the virus is in retreat, but still claimed another 12 hospital deaths in Cornwall last week

By Anne North The official “R” number for Covid-19 infection in the South West has fallen to below 1 for the first time since before the lifting of the...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s key workers urged to take part in new “rapid test” project

By Anne North Key workers in Cornwall who have to attend a place of employment can now get a rapid test for Covid-19 – but their bosses will have...

Covid-19: virus is retreating from Cornwall, but only very slowly

By Anne North The rate of Covid-19 infection in Cornwall appears to be remaining stubbornly high, despite more than a month of national lockdown. Cornwall’s average infection rates are...

Elderly people discharged from hospital and sent to residential care miles from home

By Richard Whitehouse Concerns have been raised about elderly people being discharged from hospital in Cornwall and placed in care homes miles from their homes. A meeting of NHS...

Council sends “unexpected invoice” for £1.8 million to health chiefs as the new “Integrated” Care System struggles for cohesion

By Anne North A curious spat has broken out within Cornwall’s new Integrated Care System, which is supposed to bring County Hall and the NHS Kernow clinical commissioning group...

Sale of Edward Hain hospital edges closer, but still no sign of a replacement

By Anne North Health chiefs have started the process of selling the former Edward Hain hospital, St Ives, following their decision to declare the building surplus to requirements.  The...

Cornwall to keep Covid marshals until May at the earliest

By Peter Tremayne The government has agreed to fund Covid marshalls in Cornwall until May at the earliest, County Hall has confirmed. The council-employs up to 20 marshals to...

Covid-19: Royal Cornwall showground opens for mass vaccinations on Monday – 67,595 jabbed so far

By Anne North The Royal Cornwall showground, Wadebridge, is to open for Covid-19 vaccinations on Monday (1st February.) The news comes as health chiefs announced that 67,595 people in...

The managerial merry-go-round continues in Cornwall’s health service – but nature abhors a vacuum

By Graham Smith The leadership of Cornwall’s health service is entering a new period of uncertainty, with news that the recruitment of a new chief executive for the NHS...