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Plans to Put GPs into West Cornwall Hospital

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7:01am 16th March 2012

Plans are revealed to put doctors back into the West Cornwall Hospital.

The Penzance site has been struggling to recruit for months.

Now health bosses want to put GPs in to staff it and upgrade facilities.

Doctor Matthew Boulter is in charge. He said, "As far as we know there are only two 'Casualty' departments in the country. One in Penzance and one in Holby City, which perhaps reflects what an outdated term it is. The more modern terminology for the level of care in West Cornwall is an 'Urgent Care Centre' because the emergency patients, the really sick and the really injured, need to be at Treliske - a big centre with all the specialities."

Bosses at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust say the service will bring together the current casualty service, an acute GP clinic, enhanced on site diagnostics and offers the chance for more services to be developed in future.

Campaigners say the 12 month trial is a great step forward but want to know exactly what will be involved.

But Joe McKenna from Healthwatch says people need to know exactly what is on offer, "Either we use this wonderful new enhanced service or we lose it and that ball is firmly in their court to make sure that the public who've got intot he habit of saying "oh I'll go to Treliske" no longer have to.

"They've got to think maybe of going to the extent of sending a flyer out saying; this is what's happening, these are the services on offer, this is when you should come to us and by the way for these few instances which are much more serious carry on going to Treliske."

7:01am 16th March 2012

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