Health & Social Care

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...

Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust now rated as “good” by Care Quality Commission

By Anne North The Care Quality Commission has rated dementia and mental health wards run by the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as “outstanding.” Overall the Trust was rated...

Flybe stops selling nuts because of passenger allergy fears

By Peter Tremayne Newquay airport airline Fly is to stop selling peanuts or nut-based products on board its own-operated flights.  The airline said it has made the decision “in...

Norovirus closes three wards at Truro’s Royal Cornwall hospital

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Royal Cornwall Hospital at Truro has been forced to close three wards because of the Norovirus vomiting bug. Staff urged patients to treat themselves at...

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’...