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Cornwall's Biggest Hospital Warns Non-Urgent Patients To Stay Away

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2:46pm 28th March 2013

Cornwall's biggest hospital has urged people to stay away, unless absolutely necessary.

Treliske has had to shut parts of wards as it battles Norovirus.

It is also under pressure from a surge in admissions and bed blocking.

Emergency consultant Dr Rob Taylor said: "It is worrying when we're under so much pressure. We are pretty much full to capacity and if we can alleviate some of that over the Bank Holiday weekend, that would be great for everyone. So if you don't need to come to hospital, then don't. If you have a life threatening illness, then we'd be very happy to see you.

"If we're getting lots of people through every hour, that really puts alot of pressure on the reception staff, the nursing staff and the doctors to see those patients, when actually they could have been seen elsewhere. The waiting time will build up, and also it means we can't see the sickest patients as quickly as we'd like to."

Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, the GPs taking control of Cornwall's health services, say there are alternative options for people who fall ill over the long bank holiday weekend.

These include pharmacies, GPs, Minor Injury Units, the West Cornwall Hospital Urgent Care serivce and the GP-led 'walk-in' centre in Redruth.

Full details about all of the above services can be found here.

Pharmacies can assist with many over-the-counter remedies and advice. You can use your mobile phone to find the nearest chemist to where you are: simply text the word Pharmacy to 64746 to receive three free texts with the name, address and telephone number of your three nearest chemists.

Out-of-hours GPs can be seen in 'surgeries' at Bodmin, Camborne-Redruth, Falmouth, Fowey, Helston, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, St Austell, Stratton and West Cornwall hospitals or via home visits.

They can be accessed via the call centre on 0845 2000 227.

The following list details the opening times of local Minor Injury Units:

Bodmin Community Hospital - 8am to 10pm every day
Camborne and Redruth Community Hospital - 8am to 10pm every day
Falmouth Hospital - 8am to 8pm every day
Fowey Community Hospital - 8am to 10pm every day
Helston Community Hospital  - 8am to 8pm every day
Isles of Scilly, St Mary's Community Hospital- 24-hours every day
Launceston Community Hospital - 8am to 10pm every day
Liskeard Community Hospital - 8am to 10pm every day
Newquay Community Hospital  - 8am to 10pm every day and open 24-hours on Fridays and Saturdays during July and August
St Austell Community Hospital - 8am to 10pm every day
Saltash, St Barnabas Community Hospital - 8am to 10pm every day
Stratton Community Hospital- 24-hours every day
Stennack Surgery, St Ives - 8am to 8pm, Mon-to-Friday including Good Friday and Bank Holiday Monday.

We are being told - only visit the Emergency Department in Truro or dial 999 for a critical or life threatening situation.

2:46pm 28th March 2013

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