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A range of services to help you if you are feeling under the weather

Our hospitals are really busy right now, please use the right health service to help us help you. Call NHS 111 if you’re unsure which service is best for you.


Pharmacists can help treat:

  • coughs
  • colds
  • sore throats
  • earache
  • nappy rash
  • cystitis (bladder infection)
  • impetigo (skin condition)

You can also get advice on emergency contraception and prescription medicines. Some pharmacies are also open in the evening and over the weekend. Find your nearest pharmacy.

Pharmacists can arrange an emergency supply of medicines if you forget to renew your prescription, even if you don’t live in Cornwall. Lastly remember to stock up your medicine cabinet with paracetamol, antiseptic and self care essentials if you have a condition that can be treated at home.

Minor injury units

Remember minor injury units can treat a range of conditions which have occurred during the previous 14 days. These include:

  • sprains and strains
  • broken bones
  • minor burns and scalds
  • head injuries (but not if someone is unconscious)
  • insect and animal bites and stings
  • minor eye injuries
  • cuts, bruising and grazes

You will be seen by an experienced nurse, without an appointment.

The X-ray department supporting the St Austell Community Hospital minor injury unit is now open longer. It is open 9am to 8pm every day, including weekends until the end of March 2020. This is part of the measures to keep the Truro emergency department free for those most in need.

If you are unsure if your minor injury can be treated, telephone the local unit before travelling (and also confirm the availability of x-ray facilities). You can also contact NHS 111.

  • Bodmin Community Hospital, open until 10 pm
  • Camborne Redruth Community Hospital, open until 10pm
  • Falmouth Community Hospital, open until 8pm
  • Helston Community Hospital, open until 8pm
  • Launceston Community Hospital, open until 8pm
  • Liskeard Community Hospital, open until 10pm
  • Newquay Community Hospital, open until 10pm
  • St Austell Community Hospital, open until 8pm
  • St Mary’s Community Hospital, Isles of Scilly, open 24-hours
  • Stratton Community Hospital, open until 10pm
  • Stennack Surgery, St Ives, open until 8pm

View up to the minute waiting times for all minor injury units and the West Cornwall urgent treatment centre. The urgent treatment centre is open 24 hours a day.

All of our hospitals are busy right now. If you do have a loved one or friend who is ready to leave a hospital, you can help us help them by collecting them as early in the day as possible.

Added on 29 January 2020, in News - Choose well

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