Health & Social Care

Still not enough Covid-19 testing for Cornwall’s frontline hospital workers, as 120 forced to stay home

By Graham Smith Absenteeism at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, due to fears about the Covid-19 Coronavirus, is still running at nearly double its usual rate despite a government promise...

Cornwall’s bus drivers fear their anti-Coronavirus protective screens are inadequate

By Ed Oldfield A bus drivers’ union says new flexible screens fitted to drivers’ cabs are like a ‘shower curtain’ and claims they will do little to prevent the...

Cornwall’s care workers yesterday received only 30% of the face masks needed, as government fails to deliver on its promise to “fix PPE”

By Anne North The government’s promise that care workers would receive adequate supplies of Personal Protective Equipment is risking ridicule after yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) delivery to Cornwall contained only 30%...

Four more Covid-19 deaths in Cornwall brings hospital total to 46

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Four more hospital patients, two at the Royal Cornwall, Truro, and two at Helston community hospital, have died of the Covid-19 Coronavirus in the past 24...

Fourteen Covid-19 deaths at Cornish care home

By Graham Smith Fourteen residents of a Cornish care home have died after becoming infected with Coronavirus. The outbreak has been at Roseland Court, Tregony, near Truro.  The home's...

Cornwall’s Covid-19 toll remains at 42, with no new deaths reported in hospitals in the past 24 hours

By Anne North No more Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Cornwall in the past 24 hours, according to data released by the NHS this afternoon (Tuesday.)  The data...

Covid-19: Confirmed cases pass 300, at the start of a crucial week for Cornwall’s curve

By Anne North There are now more than 300 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Cornwall, according to NHS figures published yesterday (Monday.) The number is currently 301, a rise...

Cornwall’s Covid-19 numbers compare well with other council areas, but there are now fears that the slowly emerging care home data is just “the tip of the iceberg”

By Peter Tremayne Official data on the incidence of confirmed Covid-19 Coronavirus cases across the whole of England suggest that Cornwall is significantly “safer” than average. Figures analysed by...

Cornwall’s total Covid-19 death toll now 42, after another patient dies at the Royal Cornwall Hospital

By Anne North Within the past 24 hours another Covid-19 patient has died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, bringing the total so far there to 39.  Three other...

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...