Health & Social Care

Truro or Helston? Cornwall’s doctors given a life-or-death score chart to help decide which hospital for Covid-19 patients

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s GPs have been given a Covid-19 “score chart” to help them decide which patients should be sent to Truro, and possible intensive care treatment, or...

East Cornwall GPs open the first Covid-19 mobile consulting room

By Graham Smith Doctors in East Cornwall are now able to visit suspected Covid-19 patients in the community without fear of compromising safety at their own surgeries. The East...

Two more Covid-19 deaths bring Cornwall’s total, so far, to 41

By Graham Smith Another two Covid-19 patients have died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, bringing the total there to 38.  Three others had previously died at Helston community...

Covid-19: Cornwall now has 274 confirmed cases

By Peter Tremayne The number of new Covid-19 cases in Cornwall continues to rise, but the rate of new confirmed infections now appears to be slowing – up 6%...

Covid-19: Cornwall now supplying its own frontline, as overdue PPE delivery allows some care homes to reopen to new admissions

By Anne North Cornwall’s shortage of Covid-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should be eased somewhat this week as a local manufacturer steps up to meet demand. The shortage of...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s death toll reaches 39

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The number of deaths from the Covid-19 Coronavirus in Cornwall has reached at least 39, with 36 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, and three at...

No Nightingale field hospital for Cornwall, as two more Covid-19 patients die

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall appears unlikely to get its own Nightingale field hospital to help fight Covid-19. The government has instead announced a new facility is being prepared at...

Cornwall’s Covid-19 total reaches 246, rising 10% in 24 hours

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cornwall has now reached 246, rising a further 10% in 24 hours.  Last week the rate of increase was...

Four more Covid-19 deaths in Cornwall, bringing the current total to 34

By Graham Smith The number of Covid-19 deaths recorded at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, has risen by four and now totals 32, according to the latest data released...

Covid-19: Relatively high death rates could be due to demographic factors, suggests Public Health Cornwall

By Graham Smith The unusually high Covid-19 death rates in Cornwall might be due to the county’s elderly population, Public Health Cornwall has suggested. Cornwall Reports has been asking...

Covid-19: Extra help for Cornwall’s rough sleepers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has managed to house 65 people who had previously been sleeping rough during the Covid-19 crisis, according to County Hall’s portfolio holder for homes...

Cornwall’s confirmed Covid-19 cases double in a week

By Graham Smith The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cornwall has now reached at least 224, having more than doubled in a week.  At least 30 patients have...

First Covid-19 deaths at Helston community hospital

By Graham Smith The Helston community hospital has recorded its first Covid-19 deaths.  Two patients have died there since it became Cornwall’s first Coronavirus palliative care unit. There have...

Cornwall’s frontline Covid-19 health and care workers today received only one third of the protective equipment they had asked for – “lives are being put at risk” says County Hall

By Anne North Cornwall has received only one third of the protective equipment needed for health and care workers, according to Cornwall Council. Whitehall’s attempt to co-ordinate and distribute...

Cornwall’s GPs embrace the “Dunkirk spirit” as they appeal for tents, marquees and shipping containers to open a second front against Covid-19

By Anne North Doctors in Cornwall have launched an appeal for large tents or marquees, or shipping containers, so that they can set up mobile consulting rooms – and...

Three more Covid-19 deaths in Cornwall brings total so far to 28

By Julia Penhaligon Three more Covid-19 patients have died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, bringing the total so far to 28 – nearly double the average for the...

All that glitters is not gold – why the government’s write-off of Cornwall’s £42.5 million health “debt” might not be all it is promised

By Anne North Health chiefs in Cornwall are waiting for more details of the £42.5 million “debt write-off” promised by the government as part of its response to the...

EXCLUSIVE: 120 extra beds to help Cornwall fight Covid-19, a decision on Nightingale field hospital this week, drive-through testing to start in Plymouth

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has recruited four more hotels to convert into temporary care homes, easing the pressure on acute beds at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro. The...

The view from the bridge: Covid-19 update from Cornwall Council leader

By Julia Penhaligon Several holidaymakers have been sent home after Cornwall Council contacted their accommodation providers, according to an update from council leader Julian German.  Mr German is booked...

Covid-19: confirmed cases in Cornwall reach 198

By Peter Tremayne The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cornwall has increased by 11 in the past 24 hours, one of the smallest daily increases for nearly a...