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350 patients turn up at hospitals in Cornwall in ONE day

350 patients turn up at hospitals in Cornwall in ONE day

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:41pm 22nd October 2019.

It has been revealed over 350 people attended hospitals across Cornwall in one day alone.

Those were the figures for the Duchy's minor injury units on Monday.

Bosses say all patients were seen within the four-hour waiting time target.

Patients are still being urged to choose the right service though to help ease pressure on Treliske.

It comes after Cornwall's main hospital was put on black alert before going into the half term week.

That was later stood down, but health bosses say the whole system was under 'significant pressure'.

Locals and visitors are being urged to use other services like minor injuries, unless it is an emergency.

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

What is the plea from health bosses?

Helston GP, Doctor John Garman, has told Pirate FM there is a delay in discharging patients as well.

"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-hours doctor".

GP, Dr John Garman

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