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Plans to prevent bed-blocking at the RCH

Royal Cornwall Hospital Credit: ITV West Country

Nurses could end up driving patients home from Cornwall's largest hospital to ease the problem of bed-blocking.

It's one proposal drawn up by the chief executive at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro to try to free up beds being used by people who should be treated at home.

All too often patients awaiting discharge, perhaps because they have no family or transport or need to be moved to community hospitals, are taking up the beds needed for new patients.

Some patients will be able to get home a lot quicker and more comfortably with just a little bit of intervention from the people who have been taking care of them in hospital and who know their treatment plans best and with whom they already have a relationship.

– Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

The Royal Cornwall is a busy hospital. It has 650 beds and sees 110,000 inpatients a year. It is operating at full capacity most of the time, often with up to 50 patients awaiting discharge, that's two wards full.

This idea of using hospital staff to get those figures down is one of a number of proposals being considered by the trust at the moment.

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MP calls for Treliske staff parking plans to be halted

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Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton has called for plans to increase car parking charges at the Royal Cornwall Hospital to be halted. The new system would mean some staff (who work more than 22 and half hours a week) at Treliske would have to pay £330 pounds a year-that's five times more than what they pay now.

Cancelled operation 'devastating' for patient

A former patient at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro has told ITV News she felt devastated after her bowel operation was cancelled at short notice.

Lynne Young was admitted for surgery in November last year, but the operation was cancelled at the last minute due to a shortage of beds.

The hospital has been criticised in a report by the Care Quality Commission today for failing to tackle the problem. Lynne Young gave her reaction to our reporter Kathy Wardle:-

Beds crisis at Cornish hospital

There are calls for a community hospital to be re-opened following a bed blocking crisis.

More than fifty patients at the Royal Cornwall, who were "medically fit" to leave can't be discharged because of a lack of back up care. 14 operations have also been cancelled.

Poltair Hospital in Penzance has been temporarily closed for a year while its future is decided.

Now the local MP and a health watchdog want it reopened. Steve Hardy reports.

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Dr Paul Upton resigns from RCHT board

The most senior consultant on the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Dr Paul Upton, has become the fifth member of the board to resign from his position within two months.

In a statement, the trust said Dr Upton would continue his clinical and other duties within the organisation:

Dr Paul Upton has today decided to step aside as Medical Director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and give up his position on the Trust Board.

This move has been taken following the General Medical Council’s decision to begin a preliminary investigation into historic decision making at the Trust over the last decade in the case of a former Consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Dr Upton has made a valuable contribution to the Trust and we do not want to lose his talents and skills within the organisation.

We have therefore agreed he will continue to play an important role in transforming services, including his excellent work on improving the clinical environment for patients and staff.

His new role, alongside his clinical commitments as an anaesthetist, will be as Director of Transformation which will commence with immediate effect.We have appointed as Interim Medical Director – Dr Duncan Browne - and we plan to immediately go out to advert for a substantive Medical Director appointment.

– Lezli Boswell, Chief Executive, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Senior consultant resigns from RCHT board

Paul Upton. Credit: ITV News West Country

The most senior consultant on the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has become the fifth member of the board to resign from his position within two months.

Paul Upton’s decision comes in the wake of an investigation by the General Medical Council into historic decision making in the organisation in the case of the former consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Rob Jones.

Mr Jones was suspended in May last year following a number of reviews into his clinical competency.

The Trust has appointed an Dr Duncan Browne as Interim Medical Director and says it plans to advertise for Medical Director appointment as-soon-as-possible.

Royal Cornwall Hospital Medical Director quits board

The most senior consultant at the Royal Cornwall Hospital has resigned from the board.

Medical director Paul Upton is now the fifth member of the management team of one of the region's biggest hospitals to stand down.

The Trust has appointed an Dr Duncan Browne as Interim Medical Director and says it plans to advertise for Medical Director appointment as-soon-as-possible.

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