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Treliske declares 'black alert' amid extreme pressure

Treliske declares 'black alert' amid extreme pressure

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:15pm 6th January 2020. (Updated at 7:02am 7th January 2020)

Cornwall's main hospital has declared so-called 'black alert' as it continues to face extreme pressure.

Treliske was running on the highest alert level - Opel 4 - for part of the weekend and is now suffering again on Monday.

It comes the hospital has been turning patients with minor injuries away from A&E because of high demand.

Doctors are only seeing people with urgent and life-threatening illness and injury in the Truro Emergency Department

Those with things such as colds, flu-like symptoms, sickness and diarrhoea need to use alternative services instead.

At one point last week, one patient waited 12 hours to be admitted from the emergency department to a ward.

One ward at Treliske is currently closed because of norovirus and anyone with symptoms is being urged to keep clear of the hospital.

"Our Emergency Department will continue to only treat those with genuinely urgent illness and injury and people will be redirected to minor injury units and other services as appropriate.

"We do have a ward at the Royal Cornwall Hospital closed to new admissions due to norovirus and would urge anyone with symptoms of diarrhoea and sickness, or with colds and flu, not to come to our hospitals, or to go to their GP, as this risks passing on the virus to other more vulnerable people.  

"These types of illness can normally be managed at home with over the counter medicines from a pharmacy, but if symptoms are severe people can go to www.nhs.uk or call 111 for advice.

"The usual 'back to school' and 'back to work' start of the New Year always heightens the risk of norovirus spreading more widely in the community, as well as other winter bugs, so we'll be keeping a close eye on this over the coming days."

Royal Cornwall Hospital

Where else can I go for treatment?

There are 11 minor injury units across Cornwall which are in easy reach of most of the population, many of them open until 10pm.  

Minor injury units can treat a range of conditions which have occurred during the previous 14 days. 

These include sprains and strains; broken bones; minor burns and scalds; head injuries (but not if someone is unconscious); insect and animal bites and stings; minor eye injuries, cuts, bruising and grazes. 

You will be seen by an experienced nurse, without an appointment.

For those who are not sure if their injury is minor and can be treated in a minor injury unit, they can telephone their local unit before setting out (and also confirm the availability of x-ray facilities, if thought to be needed), or call NHS 111.

Unsure where to go? Find more information here.

Minor Injury Units:

The links below provide opening times, directions and contact details. 

Up to the minute waiting times for all Minor Injury Units and the Urgent Treatment Centre at Penzance - which is open 24 hours a day - can be found here.

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