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Royal Cornwall Hospital comes off black alert

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has downgraded from black to red alert.

Bosses said the system remains under pressure, but the situation has improved and a decision was made to step down to red status.

A seven-day control centre in Truro remains in place where staff are continuing to create stability in the system and respond to pressures using real time information.

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

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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.

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."

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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.

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Royal Cornwall Hospital on brink of highest alert over beds shortage

Red alert: the Royal Cornwall Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

The Royal Cornwall Hospital is on the brink of its highest alert little over a month after its last beds crisis. The hospital in Truro has told ITV News it is on "red alert, on standby for black" as it approaches the busy Easter weekend.

Black alert is the highest alert level, meaning the hospital is unable to provide enough beds for patients who need them

"We always plan for bank holiday periods in advance, we have put in additional investment to secure extra doctors, extra nurses and extra consultants in our A&E department and we've also put in additional care home placements to allow people to flow and leave the hospital as soon as they can."

– Tryphaena Doyle, NHS Kernow

PICTURES: Protest at privatisation of services at Royal Cornwall Hospital

More than 100 protesters gathered outside of the Royal Cornwall Hospital this morning to protest against the privatisation of services.

They handed in an 8,000 signature petition to be handed to the board.

More than 100 protesters gathered to protest against the privatisation of services Credit: ITV News
Protesters They handed in an 8,000 signature petition to be handed to the board Credit: ITV News
More than 100 protesters gathered to protest against the privatisation of services Credit: ITV News
Protesters They handed in an 8,000 signature petition to be handed to the board Credit: ITV News

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Our health correspondent Jacquie Bird has been given exclusive access to the wards here to see how they're coping

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