Health & Social Care

The postcode lottery that can make the difference between life and death: how long should you wait for an ambulance in Cornwall?

By Anne North Ambulance managers have provided detailed data about emergency response-times in the most rural parts of Cornwall, following concern that some patients have to wait too long....

Bude & Stratton hospital to re-open overnight from August – as a Community Treatment Centre

By Anne North People who need treatment for minor injuries in the Bude area will be asked to take part in an experiment which could see their local hospital...

Cornwall’s hospital cleaners vote to strike in dispute over poverty pay

By Graham Smith Cleaners and porters at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in pursuit of a pay claim. Nearly 600 workers, members of...

Heavy rain brings pollution risk, warns Surfers Against Sewage

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Surfers Against Sewage is warning swimmers that the heavy rain has increased the risk of contaminated bathing water off the Cornish coast. SAS said 185 sewers...

Mevagissey doctors’ surgery saved as NHS England appoints new contract

By Graham Smith The doctors’ surgery at Mevagissey has been saved, after the Camborne-based Veor surgery stepped in to take over the contract. The Mevagissey surgery had been at...

Doctors’ magazine comments irk Mevagissey surgery campaigners

By Graham Smith Campaigners trying to save the doctors’ surgery at Mevagissey have been upset by some of the comments attached to an article in the GPs’ magazine Pulse....

Nearly 4,000 petition health chiefs to save Mevagissey’s GP surgery

By Peter Tremayne St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double, and local Mevagissey councillor James Mustoe, have urged Cornwall’s health chiefs to commit to keeping open the local GPs’...

Health chiefs meet to consider the future of Mevagissey’s GP surgery

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s health chiefs meet tomorrow (Tuesday) to hear an update on the future of Mevagissey’s GP surgery.  The surgery could close at the end of next...

Saltash hospital travel distances “published in error” say health chiefs

By Graham Smith Health chiefs have blamed an “administrative error” for publishing incorrect information about the distances patients in South East Cornwall will have to travel as a result...

Cornwall’s health bosses say Saltash is closer than you think (wherever you are) as they seek to justify hospital closures

By Graham Smith Health chiefs have started to publish their case for closing some of Cornwall’s community hospitals – including claims that Saltash is much closer to other facilities...

Six-week wait for next update on the overnight closure of Bude’s Minor Injury Unit

By Richard Whitehouse Health bosses have told Cornwall councillors they hope to restore 24-hour cover at the Bude Minor Injury Unit “by the summer.”  Local people have been advised...

Bude’s overnight Minor Injury Unit will stay closed until at least July

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Minor Injury Unit at Bude and Stratton hospital will remain closed overnight until at least July.  Health bosses have admitted that their attempts to recruit...

Dying by numbers: Cornwall’s suicide rates among highest in the country

By Richard Whitehouse More than one person a week takes their own life in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on average. That was a shocking fact which was...

More than 5,000 patients worried about the future of Mevagissey doctors’ surgery

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs are trying to reassure people in Mevagissey that they have a plan to ensure continued primary care services, amid concern that the local...

Unison to ballot hospital staff for strike action in dispute over pay

By Julia Penhaligon Unison has told Royal Cornwall hospital bosses it is to ballot 600 cleaning and catering staff who work for Mitie, seeking authority for strike action in...

10,600 children in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly “have experienced sexual abuse” – new report

By Graham Smith Nearly 11,000 children in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have experienced some form of sexual abuse, according to a new report. A new three-year strategy...

Cornwall’s GPs encouraged to refer youngsters with mental health issues to Newquay surf charity

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Doctors in Cornwall are being encouraged to send youngsters with anxiety and self-esteem issues for surf-therapy, as a way of supporting conventional mental health treatments. The...

Gosh, it’s really brilliant and fab – so why is the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust still inadequate?

By Anne North It might not be obvious to official health watchdogs, but if there is one word which sums up the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust’s strategy for the...

Supreme Court rejects bid to challenge Kennally Care, paving the way for a new health service structure in Cornwall

By Anne North Health campaigners trying to stop Cornwall Council taking over the NHS have failed in their bid to stage a Supreme Court challenge.  The court’s denial of...

Cornwall Council’s soon-to-depart head of children’s services in line for national Corporate Director of the Year award

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Council’s head of children’s services has been shortlisted for “Corporate Director of the Year” in the prestigious Municipal Journal awards. Trevor Doughty was appointed in...