East Cornwall GP Locality
The East Cornwall GP Locality practices in the large east Cornwall area stretching from Torpoint to west of Looe.
The East Cornwall GP locality includes practices in Liskeard, Launceston, Saltash, St Germans, the Rame Peninsula, Looe, Callington and Gunnislake.
East Cornwall is the largest of the 10 localities in NHS Kernow and has a population of 105,000. There are 11 GP practices in the area and patients generally use Plymouth Hospitals Trust for their acute hospital needs.
See the locality's GP surgeries page.
The GP Lead for East Cornwall GP locality is Dr Rehan Symonds.
For many patients, travelling to Plymouth can be difficult and the East Cornwall locality is determined to commission services within the community where possible. There are a number of clinics available in the community hospitals delivered by consultants or GPs with a special interest. There are also diagnostic tests including ultrasound and echocardiography available in the community.
The locality has a good track record of delivering service improvements and commissioning local services.
East Cornwall locality has been looking at ways to support patients better at home. Developments include an acute care at home service where nurses are able to offer a range of more specialist treatments to allow patients to remain in their own homes either to prevent an admission to hospital or to allow earlier discharge back home. The East Cornwall practices are developing the Living Well approach and building teams of practitioners that will wrap around the people most in need of support, providing more proactive and coordinated care. The teams in East Cornwall benefit from Age UK coordinators being part of the team. The coordinators will visit people in their own homes, and work with them to link into local groups and activities according to their interests. This has had some excellent outcomes in terms of health and wellbeing for individuals in East Cornwall.
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