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200 people turning up at A&E every day

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:45pm 8th November 2018.

It has been revealed that around 200 people are turning up at A&E in Cornwall every day.

Bosses at the Duchy's biggest hospital say it has been between 180 and 260 at the moment.

Around half of those are coming in by ambulance and demand is already rising.

It comes as Treliske releases a new plan to help tackle winter pressures this year.

The Trust is aiming to get people who arrive at hospital seen, treated and sent home with a care package on the same day.

That is rather than being admitted to hospital overnight.

The hospital says it will provide more alternatives to bed-based care in the community, such as acute care at home, district nursing, early intervention service, night sitting and community matrons.

You can read the full winter plan here.

Treliske health hospital

"The reality is we have to do better than last year.

"As a healthcare system across Cornwall we have a huge responsibility to make sure we are available 247 for people's needs.

"With that responsibility comes the need to ensure that we are ready for winter.

"At times when we have peak demand it may be that patients with less severe illnesses and injuries will have longer waiting time to be seen.

"You can be assured that the team will be doing every they can to see patients as quickly as possible.

"But we really must prioritise our time and attention on those patients who most desperately need it."

Dr Toby Slade, Clinical Director for Acute and Emergency Medicine

south western ambulance - staying well service

What will Treliske be focusing on to keep our health and care system running this winter?

These are the seven priority areas:

  1. Helping people to stay safe, well and independent at home
  2. Workforce resilience
  3. The effectiveness of our emergency department front door 
  4. Tackling flu and norovirus
  5. Non-emergency patient transport
  6. Severe winter planning
  7. Reducing long stays and admissions to hospital

How can you help stay well this winter?

  1. Get your flu jab! 
  2. Make friends with your pharmacist. They're highly trained clinicians and can give advice and medication. They can arrange an emergency supply of medication 
  3. Use a minor injury unit or the urgent treatment centre to fix broken or fractured bone fixed, need something stitching or x-raying
  4. Be prepared and stock your medicine cabinet with paracetamol, antiseptic; platers and bandages and children's liquid paracetamol
  5. Know where to go if you need help or advice. Call your GP first if you need urgent health advice and NHS 111 when the surgery is closed. Visit kernowccg.nhs.uk for details of all minor injury units
  6. Please keep the emergency department free for serious and life-threatening conditions like heart attacks, strokes, loss of consciousness or heavy bleeding

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