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CQC welcomes improvements at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) has met all the requirements of a warning notice issued by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in April 2019.

The warning notice highlighted a number of issues in relation to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in the mid and east of the county.

Today’s news follows an unannounced, focussed CQC inspection of CAMHS services in mid and east Cornwall in October 2019.

The CQC were impressed by the systems put in place by the Trust to deliver sustainable improvements to access and waiting times.

Initially learning of the CQC’s concerns, the Trust immediately reviewed and contacted every young person who was waiting for treatment and remains in regular contact with young people and their families.

Julie Dawson, Managing Director said, ‘This announcement is testament to the hard work of staff in both CAMHS teams and the service as a whole. Everyone has worked together, to address the concerns highlighted by the CQC and to deliver quality of care we all want our young people to receive. We have made tremendous progress which is reflected in the outcome of the unannounced inspection.

‘Since March 2019, we have filled the majority of our clinical vacancies and appointed an additional 31 Clinical Associate Psychologists to work across child and adolescent mental health services. As a result, individual caseloads are much smaller. 

‘However, some young people continue to wait, longer for assessment and treatment than we would like but we have a clear plan in place to ensure we meet our access targets by March 2020. I am confident our processes now ensure oversight from team to Board level to make sure every young person is supported and that we will continue to deliver the improvements our young people deserve.’

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Former stroke patient to perform with St Ives Community Choir at Lanyon Ward and present £650 raised for Stroke Association

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The St Ives Community Choir has raised funds for the Stroke Association after choir member, Steve Bassett, suffered a stroke. The choir will perform and present a number of cheques to Lanyon Ward at Camborne Redruth Community Hospital (CRCH) on Friday 22 November at 2pm, to say thank you to the staff.

Steve will join 18 to 24 members of the choir, as well as another former patient, Joan Symons, who will perform for patients, staff and visitors, where they will hopefully encourage everyone to sing along.

‘I never, ever thought I’d be a person to have a stroke,’ Steve commented. ‘I’ve been fairly fit my whole life, so I never thought this would happen. This is to say thank you for the way I was looked after and the way I was treated. I want it to bring awareness to people that things can be done after a stroke.’

Steve had his stoke in February 2017, where he was left paralysed on his left side. His recovery took place on Lanyon Ward where he spoke very highly of the ‘absolutely fantastic’ staff that took care of him, and of his Stroke nurse, Aimee who he said ‘helped me get to where I am today.’

12 months after his stroke, Steve’s wife bought him a set of water colours and he took up painting – something he had never done before.

Steve will personally present an additional cheque of £250 to the hospital from paintings he has sold, as well as donating four framed paintings which he has done whilst in recovery.

Steve commented: ‘I realise how lucky I am. When you’re on a stroke ward you realise what it could’ve been like. I still can’t walk properly and I don’t have full use of my left side, but I realise I’m very lucky. If the paintings can give inspiration to one person, I’d be over the moon.’

More people are surviving strokes than ever before, but it is still one of the leading causes of death in the UK.

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UK epilepsy safety tool released in Australia in time for global awareness day

On 23 October, SUDEP Action Day, Epilepsy Action Australia welcome the launch of the SUDEP & Seizure Safety Checklist to health professionals in Australia.

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In collaboration with SUDEP Action, this launch will see this Checklist be the first free clinical tool available across Australia, to support health professionals discuss and monitor risk factors with their epilepsy patients. 

With epilepsy affecting approximately 250,000 Australians, Epilepsy Action Australia and SUDEP Action have been working in partnership since 2017, to help improve the knowledge and awareness of mortality risks in patients, as well as those professionals that treat them. First by sharing essential epilepsy risk information, and now with the SUDEP & Seizure Safety Checklist.

SUDEP Action has always welcomed collaborations with organisations in the UK and across the globe, to support increasing awareness of epilepsy risks and mortality. However, this is the first formal collaboration in Australasia to join forces to tackle these issues using existing resources and knowledge.

SUDEP Action CEO, Jane Hanna OBE added that, “We are thrilled to be showing how this UK and Australian partnership, now in its third year, has brought value to the SUDEP and Seizure Safety Checklist and to the people who use it. It’s through this strong shared motivation to work together, we will hopefully avoid many sudden, and preventable deaths.”

This is echoed by Dr Rohit Shankar MBE, the Clinical lead for the Checklist who commentedThe Checklist has had unconditional support by the research, clinical and patient communities, and most of all, the bereaved families seeking to make a difference. The Checklist stands testimony to how structured person-centred holistic communication can be a powerful intervention, to prevent the dreadful outcome of death due to epilepsy and is a vanguard tool in our fight against epilepsy mortality. “

The SUDEP & Seizure Safety Checklist was originally developed in Cornwall (UK) as a collaboration between SUDEP Action and Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in 2015, and is supported by leading experts.

As well as supporting improved communication and management of epilepsy risks alongside general wellbeing, the Checklist also provides the latest research on epilepsy risks to clinicians, boosting their own professional education. Research findings have already shown that these discussions are potentially lifesaving.

Epilepsy Action Australia is the largest provider of services to people living with epilepsy. CEO Carol Ireland, commented, “The award-winning SUDEP & Seizure Safety Checklist is a tool for clinicians to support conversations on epilepsy risks and SUDEP, helping to monitor their patient’s overall wellbeing and changes in risk factors. We are also encouraging patients to alert their clinicians about the Checklist, as going through it can provide them with more knowledge around seizure risk management and hopefully some peace of mind. This is such a positive progression.”

The Checklist has already won numerous awards and is used by over 750 UK clinicians. Most recently, at the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Awards 2019 receiving high commendations from the judging panel, on not only the Checklist, but also the patient-facing safety app, EpSMon, as being “both original and ground-breaking and will have a major impact in improving care for patients and their families.” 

For further information about the Checklist: www.sudep.org/checklist (UK) and www.epilepsy.org.au/sudep-checklist (Aus)

For information on epilepsy risks and how to reduce them visit: www.sudep.org or www.epilepsy.org.au

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Help Cornwall’s NHS by planning for a safe and healthy October half-term

If you or a member of your family experience a minor injury or illness during the October half term holiday, don’t spend your time waiting in the emergency department - there are lots of different ways that you can access advice, support and treatments from the NHS.

Here are some ways you or your family can get help if you become ill, even if you are on holiday. 

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Self-care: Having a few basic items in your medicine cabinet can save you time and effort should you become ill. Items should include paracetamol, a bandage, sticking plasters, antiseptic cream, and indigestion tablets. If troublesome symptoms persist or worsen see your GP or call 111 if your GP surgery is closed.

Repeat medication: If you or someone you care for requires repeat medication, make sure you have ordered and collected any prescriptions before they run out. Contact your GP practice as soon as possible to organise prescriptions.

Visit your local pharmacist: You can speak to your pharmacist for confidential expert advice and over-the-counter treatments for a wide range of common illnesses and complaints, such as stomach upsets, allergies, water infections, sticky eyes, cuts, nappy rash, skin conditions and coughs and colds.

They can also arrange an urgent supply of any prescribed medicines that run out, so you don’t have to use the out of hours’ service or the emergency department. This service is also available for anyone who’s on holiday or visiting family. You can get details of which pharmacies are open by visiting kernowccg.nhs.uk/get-info/choose-well. 

NHS 111: If you urgently need to see a GP when your surgery is closed and it cannot wait until it re-opens, call NHS 111. The NHS 111 service can put you in contact with the GP out-of-hours service, which can arrange for you to see a healthcare professional in the evening and at the weekend.

It's available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is free to call from landlines and mobile phones. It includes a full range of health services, including doctors, community nurses, emergency dental care and late opening chemists. NHS 111 is also online at 111.nhs.uk.

Minor injury unit: If your injury is not serious you can get help from a minor injuries unit (MIU) rather than go to the emergency department. This will allow emergency department staff to concentrate on people with serious and life-threatening conditions. You will be seen by an experienced nurse, without an appointment. X-ray is available at some locations. Access waiting times by visiting kernowccg.nhs.uk/get-info/choose-well

Minor injury units are based at:

  • Bodmin Community Hospital
  • Camborne Redruth Community Hospital
  • Falmouth Community Hospital
  • Launceston Community Hospital
  • Liskeard Community Hospital
  • Newquay Community Hospital
  • St Austell Community Hospital
  • St Mary’s Community Hospital
  • Stratton Community Hospital, Bude.

Urgent treatment centres: The urgent treatment centres at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance, and Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro is open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year for anyone needing urgent medical care for injuries and conditions such as fractures, deep cuts, non-life threatening head injuries and minor falls. You will be seen by a doctor from 9am to 10pm and an experienced nurse overnight. X-ray is available from 8am to 11pm.

Emergency department or 999: Only use the emergency department or the 999 ambulance service for life threatening and emergency conditions such as heart attack, stroke, if someone is unconscious, has severe loss of blood, or breathing difficulties. If a family member is experiencing chest pain or has become unconscious call 999 immediately.

Online waiting time service: If you need to visit the emergency department, a minor injury unit or urgent care centre, you can see how long you may have to wait by using the online waiting time service, which shows the longest wait, how many people are waiting to be seen and how many people are in the department. It also includes opening times and x-ray availability. Visit kernowccg.nhs.uk/get-info/choose-well

Family GP and NHS Kernow Governing Body member Dr John Garman said: “We’re gearing up for the October half-term and are once again appealing to anyone who needs help to use the right service and keep the emergency department free for urgent and life-threatening care only.

"The emergency department is not the right place to treat sporting sprains and strains, minor fractures, broken bones, upset stomachs, insect bites and cuts. Please visit a minor injury unit or our urgent treatment centres in Penzance or Truro for treatment.

“Holidays and weekends are a time to relax and have fun but if you or a family member falls ill or has an accident, help yourself and the NHS by getting the right treatment for your level of illness or injury.

“If you have a minor illness or ailment then visit your local pharmacist. They can help with expert advice and over-the-counter remedies. If you need urgent medical advice but it is not a life threatening emergency, call NHS 111. Their call handlers can tell you anything from where to find an emergency dentist to getting you and out-of-hour’s doctor.”

James Cookson, Pharmaceutical Advisor for NHS Kernow said: “Pharmacies can provide a lot of help especially during the holiday season.

“If you’re suffering from a cough or cold, visit your local pharmacist, they can help you choose the right medicine. Also, make sure you’ve had your flu jab if you have a long term condition, care for someone, or are pregnant.

“They can also provide advice and treatment for a range of minor ailments, such as nappy rash, sticky eyes, water infections or bites and rashes. They can also arrange an emergency supply of medication if you have forgotten to renew your prescription, or bring your medication on holiday.”

Visit kernowccg.nhs.uk/choosewell for details of all services, opening and waiting times, and contact details.

 

Get active and well!

Get active and well, Julie and Sophie standing by the trees at CFT

Two staff members from Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have been working extremely hard to transform their lives to get active and live well. Here are their stories:

“My name is Julie Wotherspoon and I work as an Executive PA at Carew House, Bodmin.

“I have recently been inspired by a work colleague who completed the Couch to 5k programme. I decided that I would set myself the challenge to get fitter and lose weight in preparation for my summer holiday.

“I started in June by simply going for a short run every other day.  My aim was to complete the nine week Couch to 5k programme before I went on holiday. 

“I prefer to run first thing in the morning before work when it is cooler and I run along the Camel Trail in Wadebridge. If you haven’t been there you should; it’s great and during my early morning runs I saw lots of wildlife and enjoyed the fresh air which felt so good for my health and wellbeing.

“Couch to 5k is an app you can put onto your phone and it gives a nine week exercise programme.   It is like having your own personal trainer and my ‘trainer’ was called Michael Johnson.  You start with brisk walking with a little a running and the aim is to gradually build up to running 5k in 30 minutes.

“Sounds too hard?  Considering that I haven’t ran since I was at school – 45 years ago, I feel I am doing fairly well and in August I managed 5k in half an hour.   

“There have been lots of benefits too.  I have lost a few pounds and have dropped a dress size! The other positives are that I have more energy.  I don’t want to run a marathon but I am aiming to run regularly to keep fit.

“I would encourage anybody of any age or fitness level to complete this programme.  You can down load this for free by logging into app store on your mobile phone and search for Couch to 5k. You can do it!”

 

 

“My name is Sophie Scott and I am Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Healthy Eating Champion.  I was inspired by Jess and Rach, who are our Health and Wellbeing Leads to eat well and for me this meant swapping a few of my favourite snacks for healthier options.

"My top five favourites have been:

  • Breadsticks instead of crisps (I love the sticks with sesame seeds!)
  • Making my own granola for breakfast and stopping buying shop-bought cereals that can be full of sugar (see my recipe below)
  • Instead of a sandwich I make a salad to take to work and pack it full of seeds, olives, and tinned pulses such as chick peas or butter beans – it’s really filling!
  • I have been trying out the sugar free sweets (not quite as tasty) but Aldi and M&S offer  delicious alternatives
  • For a healthy snack, I have swapped cheese, cake and biscuits for either an avocado, hard-boiled egg, home-made granola with fat free yogurt or dried fruit; dates are gorgeous.

"Of course I haven’t given up chocolate and crisps completely but what has been really surprising is that the less I eat of them the less I want, and that is after 40 years of eating them most days!”

Sophie’s granola recipe

        Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 300g (11oz )of porridge oats
  • 50 g (2oz) of sunflower seeds
  • 50g (2oz) of pumpkin seeds
  • 110g (4oz) of either flaked almonds/chopped walnuts/chopped cashew nuts (or nuts of your choice)
  • 110g (4oz) raisins or chopped apricots/dates or other dried fruit of your choice.

(you can also  add other things such as  sesame seeds or coconut flakes depending on your preference!)

Method

  • Mix the oil, honey and vanilla essence in a large bowl.
  • Tip in all the ingredients (excluding the fruit) and mix well until coated in the oil/honey/essence mixture.
  • Spread out onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 150/300/Mark 2
  • Remove from oven, stir and add the dried fruit
  • Bake for a further 15 minutes
  • Cool and keep in an air-tight container.

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Success for Bodmin Community Hospital fete!

Success for Bodmin Community Hospital fete!

A remarkable £4,500 was raised at this year’s Bodmin Community Hospital summer fete.

After having to postpone the fete in June due to unforeseen circumstances, the Bodmin Community Hospital League of Friends, who organise the event each year, rearranged the fete for Saturday 21 September.

The £4,500 raised at the event will go onto provide equipment and additional services to Bodmin Community Hospital which are not usually supplied by the NHS.

The annual fete was opened by author Jill Murphy, aided by Bodmin Town Crier, Terry Williams and Matthew the Balloon Man.

As she does every year, Tina Roberts, otherwise known as ‘Firebird’ give her time, talent, music and entertainment to MC the fete completely free of charge, and this year added another talent to her cast of stars: her young quadriplegic son, Bobby Roberts. Bobby opened the proceedings by playing “‘World in Union’ faultlessly on his keyboard which left not a dry eye in the house”, according to the hospital’s League of Friends.

Susie Gore, Chairman of the League of Friends said: “The fete could not have gone ahead the second time around without the help of Cornwall Council, Bodmin Town Council and Midas, who all worked together to ensure the rose garden of the old St Lawrence’s Hospital site was available for the hospital fete prior to being developed.

“We are so grateful to so many. To Jill Murphy, whose presence at the fete was delightful and so much appreciated, especially by all the young and not so young Worst Witch fans. To Tina and to all the organisations who helped, including, Norman Trebilcock of FLEET (the land ambulance charity), to the Bodmin Lions and Rotary Clubs who did a wonderful job helping to set up and dismantle the gazebos, tables and everything else. To the young performers who were all outstanding: Bodmin Town Youth Band, Future Youth Dance and Bodmin Musical Theatre Company, to the Bodmin Army Reserves who erected two of their gazebos to shelter the band and who helped with dismantling. 

“We would also like to thank Jenny Hick, the dog show judge who turns out every year to make this event so popular; the Kernow Party Karts team; face painter, Louise Wadsworth;  Matthew Adams, the Balloon Man and the fire engine team – all who braved the weather to put on a great show.

“Many thanks to all the wonderful Friends who baked a second time around and who came to help on the day; to all the local businesses who donated plants, cup-cakes, scones, prizes and so much more. Thanks to the staff at the hospital who, despite their busy jobs, set up a wonderful selection of stalls and games; to all friends and families and last but not least, the brave public who came to spend their hard earned cash, generously making the fete against all odds a very successful and enjoyable day”

Thank you to the following businesses who supported the Bodmin Community Hospital fete: Mid Cornwall Brokers, Howdens, West End Motors, Hawkins Motors, Bodmin Flooring Centre, Gynn Construction, WTW Cinemas, North & Mid Cornwall Advertisers, Bodmin Funeral Directors, Eventzuk Marquees, Midas, Sharps Brewery, Pencarrow, Marlin Rosettes, Moor Pets, Wadebridge Wines, Ruses Gas, Bodmin Nursery, Pinsla Nursery, Trelawney Garden Centre, Brandon Hire, Bridge Bike Hire, Malcolm Barnecutt Bakery, St Austell Brewery, Williams Dairy, Trevathan Farm, Jai the Jeweller, RJ Bray & Son, Sundown by ROCS, Auto-Graph Signs, Golden Fry, Aruba Blu, Jai the Jeweller, Torch Fire Protection, Peter Ford Electrics and Phoenix Print.

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£16,220 raised for ‘Grow Outdoors’ Crowdfunder

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In just over three months, 70 supporters recognised the value of therapeutic horticulture, and donated a total of £16,220 to support the ‘Grow Outdoors’ campaign, exceeding the initial target of £12,000.

‘Grow Outdoors’ was launched to raise money to go towards raised beds, sensory planters, and a blackboard wall for outdoor art expression and therapy at Sowenna – Cornwall’s first child and adolescent mental health unit.

Every pledge that was made will enable the young people to plant, nurture and sow herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. The £4000 beyond the target will help fund more gardening packs so Sowenna staff can keep running horticultural therapy sessions for as long as possible.

Dr Sebastian Rotheray, CAMHS Crisis and Inpatient Consultant, commented: ‘The importance of ‘green therapies’ for young people with mental health difficulties is well established. Having a well-developed and nurtured green space at Sowenna will be of a great holistic benefit to the unwell young people receiving treatment at the hospital.’ 

Sowing seeds and tending to plants is a process that not all of us experience, but is something that can have massive benefits to mental wellbeing. Nurturing something bigger than you gives a sense of stability and control.

Having these resources at Sowenna will make a massive difference to young people and their recovery. By nurturing plants, the patients will learn to nurture themselves, and invest in the beauty of their lives – they are planning for a future.

Sowenna opened earlier this month and is now supporting its first patients.

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First patients to be admitted to Sowenna unit

Cornwall’s very first Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) unit is accepting its first patients.

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The £11m unit run by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) is now taking admissions of boys and girls up to the age of 18 and is located at the Bodmin Hospital site.

It has been commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement under a national strategy to move beds closer to the people who need them.

The new 14 bed unit means that for the very first time children and adolescents have access to specialist mental health beds in the county. This initiative delivers on NHS England’s commitment to reduce out of area placements for children and young people by improving access to beds whilst strengthening community services, so that any admission is for the shortest period of time.

It is reported that one in 10 children aged five to 16 have a mental health condition. Most young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties are treated and supported within the community, however sometimes for those with severe mental health problems, often with accompanying high risk, require specialist inpatient care.

Historically, these have only been available in units which are a considerable distance from homes, visits and support from family and friends, which play a key element in people’s recovery, especially in the case of children.

First patients admitted to Sowenna unit

A fundraising appeal for the unit launched in September last year, which has seen in excess of £420,000 raised for ‘icing on the cake items’. Vital funds from community groups, local councils, Duchy Health Charity, Garfield Weston Foundation, National Lottery and Wooden Spoon have meant that CFT is able to provide additional and specialist items that will really make a difference to the lives of young people.

Items include a minibus; a multipurpose activity barn for team sports and performance arts; parental accommodation to allow families to stay over and make admission less unsettling; a café to allow visits with family and friends to happen in a friendly space; therapeutic gardens, and equipment for music, arts and cooking.

Additionally, Sowenna will feature a state-of-the-art sensory room to host innovative virtual reality (VR) environments that will be offered to young people during periods of emotional distress. Users will be able to touch, feel, walk or even lie down during their five minute long VR experience, which will be supervised by a clinician at all times.

Dr Barbara Vann, CFT Chair commented:

“Sowenna is the outcome of much hard work by many people but I would like to thank particularly the young people who have acted as our advisors from the very beginning of this journey; they have worked hard to bring their thoughts to fruition. We all still have much to do but Sowenna makes an outstanding statement about how much we value our young people and their families.

“I look forward to seeing how the innovative work, virtual reality for example, will develop with our patients in Sowenna.”

The Invictus Trust who are a charity which aims to support young people in Cornwall with poor mental health. They have lobbied for eight years for a first class in-patient unit for the young people of Cornwall. The Invictus Trust so far have contributed £87,000 to significantly enhance the offer at Sowenna by working with many committed local people and businesses to provide a minibus, equip the on-site cafe and start a virtual reality research project.

Steve Cowburn, Invictus Trustee, commented: "As a family who lost a vibrant 18 year old, we are delighted to have contributed to securing this wonderful facility for Cornish young people. However, we have long campaigned for an innovative 13-25 year facility and we will continue to make this case, in line with the NHS 10 year plan."

Inpatients will also benefit from a specialist education block within the unit. The Wave Multi-Academy Trust, who will form part of the specialist team, will be providing a comprehensive education programme tailored to each inpatient’s individual learning requirements whilst receiving treatment at Sowenna. ­

Dr. Liz Myers, CAMHS Consultant Psychiatrist for Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust commented:

Admissions will be a mix of new patients and some young people returning from out of county. We will build up to full capacity over a number of weeks.

“We are thrilled to now have a local unit for Cornish young people so they can stay close to their homes and communities. Young people can stay connected with family and friends. This will enable swifter recovery and hopefully shorten the length of time they need to stay in hospital.”

First patients admitted to Sowenna unit

Elizabeth O’Mahony, Regional Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the South West said:

“We’re delighted to see the Sowenna unit opening, as part of our strategy to bring in-patient care closer to home for people in the South West. For too long, young people from Cornwall have had to travel too far away from the family and friends who can be so important in their recovery.

“The new unit is the final safety net for our most-vulnerable young people. It’s important to remember, though, that our real priority as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan is to keep young people well and to intervene early if they need help, so ultimately we reduce the need for in-patient care.”

 

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Doggy fun show to raise funds for Sowenna

 

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On Saturday 7 September from 1pm, Camborne Redruth Community Hospital will be hosting a doggy fun show to raise funds for Sowenna, Cornwall's very first Child and Adolescent mental health unit. 

Ahead of the NHS Five Year Forward View, the new 14 bed Sowenna unit means that soon children and adolescents will have access to specialist mental health beds in the county. This initiative delivers on NHS England’s commitment to reduce out of area placements for children and young people by increasing bed numbers nationally by 10%.

There are 12 categories to enter your four legged furry friend into, including Best Puppy, Best Veteran (over 8), Best Crossbreed, Best Rescue/Rehomed and Judges Favourite. Entry is £1 per class. 

The fun show will also include stalls for all the family including a tombola and raffle. 

Address: Barncoose Terrace, Redruth, TR15 3ER

 

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Community Treatment Centre Opens its doors to patients at Stratton Community Hospital

An exciting new service model which is being described as a Community Treatment Centre will open its ‘virtual’ doors to its first patients on Friday 23 August 2019. The new service can be accessed by calling 111 and will be available between 10pm and 8am every day. 

The new service has been developed in partnership with the local community, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Kernow Health CIC which provides the county’s urgent care service – NHS Cornwall 111. 

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The service will be provided by staff from Kernow Health CIC working from Stratton Community Hospital.

Kernow  Health CIC, Chief Executive – Carolyn Andrews said, “We are excited to trial the new service for people in the far North of Cornwall. Our clinicians will work at Stratton hospital to ensure patients are seen by the right practitioner and are able to stay closer to home to receive their treatment and advice. 

“The practitioner’s additional skills will allow patients to access both the out of hours GP service and treatment for minor injuries outside the normal hours of the minor injury unit.” 

Phil Confue, Chief Executive of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said, “We hope this new model will maximise the impact of our shared resources for the people of Stratton, Bude and the wider area including those over the border in Devon.

“We will work with the local community to test and evaluate the Community Treatment Centre; if successful, our goal will be to make the service permanent.”

The Community Treatment Centre will initially be in place until the end of March 2020. 

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