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Royal Cornwall Hospital: Situation 'continues to improve'

NHS Kernow says although services remain very busy the situation is continuing to improve.

Managing Director of the trust, Joy Youart, says she is hopeful they will be able to step down from black alert soon and continue to encourage the public to attend the most appropriate place for care.

Local health and care services remain very busy, but the situation continues to improve, and this has now been the case for several days.

Partners in the local system are working closely together to maintain the positive momentum, which will enable us to step down from the current ‘black’ status, when appropriate.

We are currently seeing fewer admissions to Royal Cornwall Hospital, with improved patient flow and discharge to care or home settings with the right packages of care.

– Joy Youart, Managing Director at NHS Kernow


Health services in Cornwall remain on black alert

Around 40 patients at the Royal Cornwall Hospital are waiting to be discharged Credit: ITV News

Health services in Cornwall remain on black alert this morning.

Around 40 patients at the Royal Cornwall Hospital are waiting to be discharged with non-essential operations cancelled over the weekend.

Extra doctors have been working in A and E and the urgent care centre in Redruth at Camborne Redruth Community Hospital has been open longer to alleviate pressure.

Health trust managers will be meeting later at 10.30 am to review the situation.

Devon couple fulfil their son's dying wish

Jemma and Craig Edwards and the family at Corey's hospital bedside on their momentous wedding day Credit: University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust

The parents of a five-year-old boy from Devon have fulfilled his dying wish by getting married at his bedside at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Corey Edwards passed away last night, but not before seeing his mum and dad make history. Craig and Jemma Edwards tied the knot last week after being given special permission so that Corey, who had a severe heart condition, could be part of their day.

Corey's parents tied the knot at Bristol Children's Hospital last week Credit: University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust

Clegg 'can't believe' Trident is most important issue

Nick Clegg has told ITV West Country he "can't believe" the Conservatives regard the difference between three and four nuclear submarines is the most important issue facing nation.

ITV News caught up with the Lib Dem leader as he visited Bodmin Hospital this morning. The full interview will broadcast on ITV News West Country later.

Non urgent surgery cancelled at hospital

Royal Cornwall Hospital has been placed on Black Alert for the second time this year as it struggles to deal with high numbers of patients and a lack of beds.

Managers at the hospital say a hectic Easter forced them to escalate the alert level - it means the hospital is one level down from having to close.

ITV's Kylie Pentelow spoke to Andy Virr Director of Emergency Medicine from the hospital.


"Everyone has a part to play" in helping NHS cope with demand

The clinical commissioning group for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has released the following statement after it emerged that the Royal Cornwall Hospital was on "black alert" and dealing with unprecedented demand

There is currently high demand on services in the local health and social care system.

Our number one priority is to ensure patients receive high quality and safe care.

Partners in the local health and social care system are monitoring the situation and are working closely together to cope with the demand.

– Peter Stokes, Director for Integrated Communities at NHS Kernow

Mr Stokes said that unnecessary trips to A&E put a strain on NHS resources, and that everyone has a part to play in keeping hospital departments free for those with genuine medical emergencies.

He added "We’re encouraging people to think about the most appropriate place to go for treatment if they become unwell as the local A&E is very busy."

"If you do fall ill, there are a range of local NHS services to help you make the right choice about where to go for health advice or the right treatment."

  • The NHS 111 service for non-emergency medical help. Available 24 hours a day, staffed by fully trained advisors and experienced clinicians.
  • Walk-in Centre for treatment of cuts, bruises, minor infections, stomach upsets, strains and skin complaints, without an appointment. Open 8am-8pm
  • Out of hours GP service call 111
  • Minor injuries units for ailments like cuts and sprains
  • Urgent Care Centres deliver GP-led urgent care services treating minor to moderate injuries and illnesses without an appointment
  • Pharmacists are experts in providing medical information and advice, including coughs, colds, and minor ailments

Royal Cornwall Hospital back on "black alert"

The hospital faced unprecedented demand over the bank holiday weekend.

Royal Cornwall Hospital is back on "black alert" status following extreme pressures over the Easter weekend.

Black alert is a hospital’s highest escalation level, where services are overwhelmed by high demand and staff struggle to admit and discharge patients.

People are asked not to go to the A&E in Treliske unless they are in urgent need of care.

Statement from the hospital to follow.

Virtual reality could improve doctors' bedside manner

The doctors are put in the shoes of a man being rushed to A&E.

Virtual reality is helping doctors at Torbay Hospital literally see what it's like to be a patient.

The special software being pioneered at the hospital simulates a man with chest pains being rushed to A&E - and puts doctors in his shoes. One medic found seeing his own bedside manner a shocking experience.

The programme can be used to help trainee doctors and nurses. While bedside manner and compassion is hard to teach, seeing how frightening being in hospital can be for a patient could become a valuable tool to help them improve.

Special goggles put the doctor inside the simulation, seeing what the patient would see.
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