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Covid-19: Treliske boss insists hospitals are safe to attend

Covid-19: Treliske boss insists hospitals are safe to attend

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:48am 29th May 2020.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Cornwall’s top hospital boss has stressed that hospitals are safe for people to attend if they are feeling unwell and need help.

Kate Shields, chief executive of Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT), said that people who were suffering serious conditions were not going to hospital for help as they were concerned about Covid-19.

But she today moved to reassure the public that hospitals in Cornwall are safe and people should go if they needed medical help.

She said: “Our hospitals are safe places to receive care and treatment when needed.

“We know there are people not presenting with heart attacks, strokes and abdominal pain. Either it is they are frightened or didn’t want to bother us.

“We would like to encourage anybody who feels they need to be seen, they do need to present.

“They also need to see their GPs – their practices are open and are safe to attend.

“If people have family members who are vulnerable and might need help make sure they seek care and don’t stay at home.”

Kate Shields, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

Ms Shields said RCHT was also working to get services which have been suspended back up and running but this could take time.

She said: “Getting service back to normal will not happen overnight. We are still working with covid in the community.

“We are trying to turn on our urgent services and cancer services as quickly as possible.

“If people have been told their operation isn’t urgent and are worried they can speak to their GP. They should be reassured.

“We are hoping to turn all our services back on. I had an email from a gentleman waiting for a shoulder scan, those services will take longer to switch back on.

“It is great that we have moved some services off the main Treliske site, we will keep them off the main Treliske site for now.

“We do ask people to bear with us as we try to provide for all the people in Cornwall.”

Kate Shields, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

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