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Cornwall's main hospital stands down 'black alert'

Cornwall's main hospital stands down 'black alert'

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:19pm 18th October 2019. (Updated at 4:03pm 18th October 2019)

Cornwall's main hospital, and whole healthcare system, has stepped down its 'black alert' but is still facing extreme pressure.

The Royal Cornwall is now operating on Opel 3 - instead of Opel 4 which was previously known as black alert.

It comes as Treliske faces extremely high demand at A&E ahead of the half term holidays.

Patients are being reminded to make sure they choose right service and only attend the emergency department if it is absolutely vital.

You can check the latest waiting times - live - here.

“We’re gearing up for the October half-term and are once again appealing to anyone who needs help to use the right service and keep the emergency department free for urgent and life-threatening care only.

"The emergency department is not the right place to treat sporting sprains and strains, minor fractures, broken bones, upset stomachs, insect bites and cuts. Please visit a minor injury unit or our urgent treatment centres in Penzance or Truro for treatment.

“Holidays and weekends are a time to relax and have fun but if you or a family member falls ill or has an accident, help yourself and the NHS by getting the right treatment for your level of illness or injury.

“If you have a minor illness or ailment then visit your local pharmacist. They can help with expert advice and over-the-counter remedies. If you need urgent medical advice but it is not a life threatening emergency, call NHS 111. Their call handlers can tell you anything from where to find an emergency dentist to getting you and out-of-hour’s doctor.”

Family GP and NHS Kernow Governing Body member Dr John Garman

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. 

Minor injury units are based at:

  • Bodmin Community Hospital
  • Camborne Redruth Community Hospital
  • Falmouth Community Hospital
  • Launceston Community Hospital
  • Liskeard Community Hospital
  • Newquay Community Hospital
  • St Austell Community Hospital
  • St Mary’s Community Hospital
  • Stratton Community Hospital, Bude.

You can find more advice here.

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