Joint letter from the leaders of health and care in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
The health and care system in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is experiencing an ongoing extreme surge in demand. There’s no single reason for this – it’s a complex mix of factors affecting the whole health and care system.
These factors include the impact of COVID-19, providing care for our elderly and vulnerable citizens outside of hospital, and an increase in the numbers of people visiting our county for a holiday.
The emergency department in Truro had another busy weekend with more than 400 people seeking help. Inside the hospital there were more than 100 patients well enough to go home but waiting for care to be provided from elsewhere within our health and care system or for someone to collect them. That’s the equivalent of 5 wards. We are urging anyone who is called to collect a loved one to come to do so as quickly as possible so the bed can be given to someone else who really needs it.
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