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NHS Kernow’s website closed on 30 June 2022. Visit the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board website for information about our health and care services.

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Who provides services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group

  • Children’s services.
  • Community services.
  • Continuing healthcare.
  • Infertility.
  • Learning disabilities.
  • Maternity and new-born.
  • Mental health.
  • Primary medical services (as delegated by NHS England).
  • Rehabilitation.
  • Urgent and emergency hospital care.

NHS England (commissioning board area team)

National and regional

  • Military health.
  • Prison health.
  • Specialised services.


  • All dentist services.
  • Community ophthalmology.
  • Community pharmacy.
  • Health visiting.
  • Immunisation.
  • Screening.
  • Sexual assault referral.

NHS Property Services

  • NHS estates including community hospitals

Public Health England and locally within Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly


  • Emergency planning for pandemics.
  • Health intelligence.
  • Health Protection Agency.
  • Social marketing to improve health.


  • Accident prevention.
  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco services.
  • Healthy child programme.
  • Healthy lifestyles including exercise and diet.
  • Mental health promotion and suicide prevention.
  • NHS Health Check.
  • Oral health.
  • Reducing birth defects.
  • Reducing excess winter deaths.
  • Sexual health.
  • Workplace health.

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