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Charles and Camilla pay tribute to staff at a GP practice in Cornwall

Charles and Camilla pay tribute to staff at a GP practice in Cornwall

Published by Helen Down at 4:24pm 22nd July 2020. (Updated at 5:03pm 22nd July 2020)

Charles and Camilla have thanked staff at a GP practice in the Duchy during their tour of Cornwall.

On Tuesday July 21 they visited St Austell Healthcare and praised the efforts of staff during the pandemic.

“What we are witnessing is a whole community working together to help each other, it’s a shining example of what is possible and what we should continue to strive to do."

Prince Charles

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall also heard how social prescribing at a doctors surgery has benefited patients during lockdown.

That's where doctors hand out things like gym memberships to boost peoples physical and mental well-being.

“It has been wonderful to have the recognition of all the progress we have made in St Austell over the last five years.  

"It was also great to showcase integrated working with representatives from home re-enablement services, district nurses, the care home sector and voluntary sector.

“This was a celebration of not only St Austell Primary Care Network (PCN) but of the progress made in working together in Cornwall during Covid-19.

"From boardroom to front-line services we have seen everyone working together like never before, whilst the battle against Covid-19 goes on, health, social care and wellbeing have sound footings due to the new found collaborative spirit in the county.”

Dr Stewart Smith, GP partner at St Austell Healthcare

Social prescribing is a big focus for the practice and patients are linked with community services to help boost their well-being.

“It was an honour to meet The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

"Prince Charles was interested to hear about our PCN and the social prescribing service we offer.

"He took a particular interest in our engagement with the community and voluntary sector and mobilising volunteers.”

Hayley Burgoyne, head of social prescribing


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