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6:03am 27th November 2014

It is going to get easier to see a doctor in Cornwall.

The Duchy has won a share of £3.2m to increase access to GPs - without an appointment.

Liskeard's hospital is getting an urgent care centre staffed by GPs from January.

Camborne & Redruth, Bodmin, Stratton and St Austell's minor injury units will also be extended so patients who are sick can walk in without an appointment.

But the money funding them will run out in March - and there is no guarantee they will carry on.

Trudy Corsellis, a Director at NHS Kernow, said: "People across Cornwall will see benefits from this extra money as we open up new urgent care centres, increase services at minor injury units and provide extra GP appointments at weekends.

"This means more people will be able to receive medical attention in the evenings and weekends, closer to home."

Steve Jenkin, Chief Executive of Peninsula Community Health said: "We have welcomed this opportunity to work closely with GPs throughout the county as we take on the Prime Minister's challenge to improve flexibility and access to primary care. The extended services will allow people to be treated closer to home for a wider range of conditions.

"We will continue to work with GPs and their patients to ensure we are providing the right service at the right time in the right location, to meet people's needs."

Urgent Care Centres: Camborne Redruth Community Hospital now delivers GP-led urgent care services, seven days a week from 11am to 7pm, weekdays. Liskeard will also provide urgent care from January 2015.
The centres will be GP-led, which will enable them to treat minor to moderate injuries and illnesses without an appointment. The x-ray services at Camborne Redruth Community Hospital has been extended from 9am to 8pm weekdays and noon to 6pm weekends, and at Liskeard from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.

Stratton, St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard and Camborne Redruth community hospitals will have their minor injury units extended to enable people with minor illness to be seen. Check local information for details on the illnesses that can be treated.

Weekend GP clinics are also planned for some areas, but details are still being confirmed.

6:03am 27th November 2014

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