Health & Social Care

Covid-19: latest NHS data show 40 hospital deaths in Cornwall last week

By Anne North Official NHS data published today (Thursday) shows that 40 people died in hospital in Cornwall last week within 28 days of a positive Covid test. Last...

Cornwall Council hires new director of Adult Social Care

By Anne North Cornwall’s new adult social care chief is to be Alison Bulman, appointed after an exhaustive recruitment process stemming from the departure of her predecessor, Helen Charlesworth-May,...

Bodmin in line for major NHS investment over next 10 years

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs have been told they need to start thinking about the future development of the old St Lawrence’s hospital site, Bodmin, which looks set...

Nearly half of all patients in Cornwall’s community hospitals have no medical need to be there – but they have nowhere else to go

By Anne North Nearly half of all patients in Cornwall’s community hospitals do not need to be there for any medical reason, according to health chiefs. A report to...

Covid-19: ONS reports sharp rise in Cornwall’s infectivity

By Anne North The number of people in Cornwall with Covid is still rising sharply, according to today’s (Friday’s) data from the Office of National Statistics. At least one...

Covid-19: Cornwall records 58 deaths in 7 days, due to “processing error”

Confidence in the government’s ability to accurately monitor the effect of Covid has been shaken by a sudden dramatic leap in the number of people killed by the virus...

Covid-19: government data is now “less reliable” says Cornwall’s public health chief

By Anne North The government’s “official” rate of Covid infection in Cornwall fell by nearly 15% over the weekend as more people give up on testing.  Public health officials...

Cornwall’s Health & Wellbeing Board to meet in May, for the first time in six months

By Anne North Cornwall’s Health and Wellbeing Board, which has not met formally since November, is now due to meet on 17th May. In the six months since its...

Covid-19: the end of free lateral flow tests sees Cornwall’s new case numbers plummet

By Anne North "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence" - this scientific truth is thought to have first been coined by astronomers searching for extra-terrestrial life in...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate falls 7.5% in four days

Cornwall’s rate of Covid infection is now falling rapidly, recording a drop of 7.5% since its peak four days ago.  The average number of daily new cases per 100,000...

Covid-19: sharp fall in Cornwall’s infection rate

Cornwall's Covid infection rate has fallen 3% in 24 hours - the third consecutive day that the number of new daily infections per 100,000 population has declined.  It is...

Bed blocking in Cornwall’s hospitals at its worst for two years, as “medically-optimised” patients who have nowhere to go occupy the equivalent of seven wards

By Anne North “Bed blocking” in Cornwall’s hospitals is denying the equivalent of seven wards to patients, health chiefs heard yesterday (Wednesday.) A report to the Royal Cornwall Hospital...

Thousands of potential refugee sponsors can keep their 25% council tax discount, rules government

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People who have volunteered to house Ukrainian refugees will not have to pay hundreds of pounds extra in council tax. Thousands of people in Cornwall benefit...

The Butterfly Effect: will Falmouth’s leisure centre have to face the uncertainty of a “resurrection” project, or will the council’s cabinet try for a “Hollywood ending?”

By Graham Smith Falmouth’s leisure centre can avoid closure on Thursday (31st March) if Cornwall’s ruling Conservative councillors tomorrow decide to spend less public money keeping it open than...

Covid-19: Cornwall about to become England’s most dangerous hotspot, as search continues for local Health & Wellbeing Board

By Anne North Cornwall is on track to become the most dangerous Covid hotspot in England within days. NHS data published yesterday (Monday) shows that Cornwall’s average rate of...

Cornwall’s main leisure contractor was at the centre of London chlorine gas accident

By Graham Smith The management company which Cornwall Council has trusted to run most of its leisure centres is as the centre of a serious poisoning incident in London....

Covid-19: New infections, hospitalisations and deaths all increase in Cornwall

Nineteen Covid patients died in Cornwall last week within 28 days of a positive test.  Cornwall’s average infection rate is now 1,460.1 per 100,000 population, an increase of nearly...

Cornwall’s quest to help Ukraine’s refugees mired in red tape

By Julia Penhaligon The government, and Cornwall Council, appear to have been taken by surprise at the number of local people offering homes to refugees from Ukraine. More than...

Communities in Cornwall turning to DIY emergency measures as ambulance service warns it might take 24 hours before it can help

By Anne North The crisis in Cornwall’s ambulance service has been thrown sharply in to focus by several first-hand experiences in recent days.   A number of readers have contacted...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s hospitals now filling rapidly

By Anne North More than 200 Covid patients have been admitted to hospitals in Cornwall in the past week, far faster than Covid patients can be discharged.  Covid patients...