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Cornwall hospital boss issues urgent weekend plea

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10:05am 11th March 2018
(Updated 10:05am 11th March 2018)

The boss of Cornwall's main hospitals has issued an urgent plea as Treliske remains on so-called 'black alert'.

Chief Executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals' Trust, Kathy Byrne, is urging patients to stay away from A&E this weekend.

Posting on Facebook, she warned that the Royal Cornwall, West Cornwall and St Michael's in Hayle are under 'extreme pressure'.

It comes after Pirate FM told you an emergency command centre had been set up to cope with winter pressures.

You can check the latest waiting times here or scroll down to check where else you can go for treatment.

"Since the bout of severe weather in early March, our hospitals have been under extreme pressure with high demand for urgent care services.

"Because of the added strain on all care services, there are additional difficulties discharging people from a hospital bed.

"We are asking our local community to only use the Emergency Department in a genuine emergency to avoid overcrowding.

"We have a wide range of services that can support people in the community including pharmacies, GPs, Minor Injury Units, the Urgent Care Centre in Penzance which is open 24/7 and you can always call NHS 111 for help and advice or visit our website.

"We are asking relatives and friends to help us by collecting and supporting patients immediately when they are ready to leave hospital.

"As in other parts of the country, patient choice on care placement has had to be suspended. This means patients who are medically well enough to go to another care placement must take the first bed available in Cornwall so that we can make space to accommodate more urgent patients.

"If you can help us today by using an alternative service or ensuring a relative or friend gets home quickly then we would be extremely grateful and you would help us focus our resources on those most in need of urgent medical treatment.

"Many thanks for your support and understanding".

Minor Injury Units


If you are not sure whether your injury is minor and can be treated in a minor injury unit, contact your local unit using the details below, or call NHS 111. Check the links below for current opening times at each unit. 


Bodmin Community Hospital (01208 251577) 

Camborne Redruth Community Hospital (01209 318010) 
Falmouth Community Hospital (01326 430030)
Helston Community Hospital (01326 430205)
Launceston Community Hospital (01566 761030)
Liskeard Community Hospital (01579 373510)
Newquay Community Hospital (01637 834820)
St Austell Community Hospital (01726 873010) 
St Barnabas Community Hospital (01752 679000) 
St Mary's Community Hospital (01720 422392)
Stratton Community Hospital (01288 320101)
Stennack Surgery, St Ives (01736 793333) 

You can find more advice here.

10:05am 11th March 2018

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