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Royal Cornwall Hospital stepped down from 'black alert'

Royal Cornwall Hospital stepped down from 'black alert'

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:20am 13th August 2019. (Updated at 4:14pm 13th August 2019)

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has been stepped down from so-called 'black alert'.

Treliske was running on the highest possible alert after a very busy weekend.

Luckily it was de-escalated a matter of hours later, thanks to the actions taken by staff and partner organisations.

But bosses are still urging patients to choose alternative services instead to help ease the pressure.

Officials at RCHT say it will 'really help our emergency teams concentrate their specialist skills on those in need of urgent and life-saving care.'

You can check the live waiting times at A&E here or scroll down to check where else you can go for treatment.

On Tuesday morning, a spokesperson said: "We have moved to OPEL 4 this morning but with the actions this prompts, both within our hospitals and across the other health and care services, we're aiming to be in a position to step down from this alert level later today.

"It is a busy time of year for our hospitals and we would ask local people and holidaymakers to consider the best place for their health needs and to use alternative services wherever possible.  

"The locations and current waiting times for the network of minor injury units are available on our website - www.royalcornwall.nhs.uk - and for those who are unsure which service to use, or where to go, they can call 111 for advice.

"Holidaymakers as well as local people can also get expert advice on minor illness or prescription medicines from a pharmacist or they can arrange to see a GP, even as a temporary resident."

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

Where can you go instead?

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 Mary's Community Hospital (01720 422392)
  • Stratton Community Hospital (01288 320101)

You can find more advice here.

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