Health & Social Care

Penair school, Truro, asks pupils and staff to “self quarantine” because of coronavirus scare, following ski trip to Italy

By Anne North Some parents with pupils at Penair school, Truro, have reacted with alarm to news that a small group has recently returned after a ski trip to...

Overnight services at the Bude & Stratton Community Treatment Centre to resume on Sunday – but facility still faces an uncertain future

By Julia Penhaligon Bude and Stratton’s Community Treatment Centre, which closed overnight last month because of hospital staff shortages in Truro, is to re-open on Sunday. Health chiefs have...

When two become one: Cornwall’s health and council bosses edge closer together

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s five-year devolution march towards taking control of health services has taken a significant step forward with the announcement today (Monday) that County Hall and...

Cornwall’s dementia care costs set for huge increase over 10 years, warns Alzheimer’s Society

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The cost of providing dementia care in Cornwall is set to rocket by more than 75% over the next 10 years, according to the Alzheimer’s Society....

Coronavirus and Cornwall – get ready to see ambulance crews in full protective clothing

By Julia Penhaligon The Department of Health has said it cannot comment on why an ambulance crew seen in Truro this morning (Tuesday) appeared to be wearing protective clothing...

Sharp increase in time police spend dealing with people who have mental health issues

By Daniel Clark The amount of time police officers spent “supervising an individual with mental health difficulties” in Devon and Cornwall rose by 14 per cent in 2018/19. Figures...

Coming soon: NewCareCo, Cornwall’s publicly-owned social care company, taking social services back to the future

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet this morning (Wednesday) voted unanimously to set up a new arms-length company to intervene in the social care market.  NewCareCo will employ...

Cornwall Council to create a new company to deliver adult social care

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is to set up a new arms-length company to intervene in the social care market.  NewCareCo will employ around 300 people and operate a...

NHS Kernow facing £27 million deficit

By Richard Whitehouse NHE Kernow has reported it is facing a deficit of more than £27million. The clinical commissioning group (CCG) for Cornwall, said that its forecast deficit for...

NHS Dreckly: Why the opening of Falmouth hospital’s new infusion suite last year was delayed by warm weather

By Anne North As China shows the world it can build a brand new 1,000-patient hospital in just over a week, Cornwall’s health chiefs have explained why they could...

Cornwall is one of seven areas to pioneer new NHS “staywell” scheme to avoid the need for a hospital bed

By Anne North Cornwall has been promised an expert rapid response team to help support older people to remain well at home and avoid hospital admissions, under new plans...

Health chiefs booked 10 hotel rooms to help manage Cornwall’s hospital bed crisis

By Richard Whitehouse Hospital bosses provisionally booked hotel rooms to cope with pressures placed on Royal Cornwall Hospital over the new year. Details of the “extraordinary action” were revealed...

No quick fix for Bude, as angry residents confront NHS bosses over loss of overnight minor injury facility

By Julia Penhaligon Residents of Bude will have to wait until next month before they find out more about the future of their local overnight health facilities, following the...

Royal Cornwall hospital chiefs admit that “early discharge” may result in harm to patients

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The reality of the Royal Cornwall hospital “black alert” has been laid bare in an internal memo written by a senior clinician. The memo, leaked to...

Sudden closure of Bude-Stratton community health centre overnight means local residents “are not safe”

By Richard Whitehouse The sudden decision to close a hospital overnight means people are “not safe” according to councillors who have called for the service to be reinstated immediately....

Health chiefs sacrifice overnight services in North Cornwall in order to treat patients elsewhere

By Anne North The staffing crisis at the Royal Cornwall hospital in Truro is having a knock-on effect around the county, undermining health chiefs’ calls that patients should seek...

You got what you voted for, officials tell councillors, explaining how NHS provision of sexual health services in Cornwall ended up in the private sector

By Anne North Cornwall councillors have been given a robust defence of County Hall’s decision to privatise sexual health services – nearly three years after the original decision was...

Royal Cornwall hospital back on “black alert” as patient pressures mount

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Royal Cornwall hospital at Truro has again declared a “black alert” – meaning it is close to having to turn patients away. Hospital bosses have...

Don’t come here unless you really have to, Royal Cornwall Hospital warns patients

By Julia Penhaligon The Royal Cornwall hospital at Truro has again warned patients they will be turned away from the Accident and Emergency department if they present with only...

Born to run: the West Cornwall doctors offering an alternative route to good health

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A GPs’ surgery in Penzance is today (Saturday) becoming the first in Cornwall to offer a “park run” as one of its therapies. The Alverton Practice...