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Winter system pressures

John Govett, independent chair, of the Health and Care Partnership is asking us to choose the right healthcare this winter.
John Govett, independent chair of the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership, said: “We tend to focus on how busy our emergency departments are, but we must remember they are simply a reflection of the pressure being felt right across health and care services.

“As a result of improved partnership working we have been at the highest level of operational alert for far fewer days than we were last year, while caring for more people.

“We recognise our teams are working tirelessly to provide care and keep people safe; something I am sure the whole community would join me in thanking each one of them.

“Examples include colleagues working later to make sure that an x-ray department in St Austell can stay open late into evening, as part of measures to reduce the number of people going to the emergency department in Truro.

“Since the start this year we’ve seen great support from local people who have listened and acted when we’ve encouraged them to use alternative service such as their GPs, minor injury units or call 111, as well as self-care, so that our hospitals and other services can concentrate on those who need their specialist care.

“I’d say, ‘Please keep it up!’. It really does make a difference to our ability to care for those in genuine need of urgent and life-saving treatment.

“People can find details about the right services on our choose well webpage.”

Added on 20 February 2020, in News - Choose well

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