The NHS at 70


St Michaels NHS 70th Celebrations
WCHW on Penzance Prom Aug 2017
On the prom
Checking the lobster pot March 2017
Postcards for Derek Thomas MP March 2017
Truro March 2017
WCHW banner Truro
First campaign 2017
First campaign 2017
First campaign 2017
Newlyn Green
Campaigning on Newlyn Green
July 2016
West Cornwall HealthWatch message board
WCHW at the opening of St John's Hall
West Cornwall HealthWatch group


West Cornwall HealthWatch is a voluntary, independent campaigning health watchdog serving West Cornwall since 1997.  

We monitor developments in the old  Kerrier and Penwith  districts  and campaign to safeguard and improve existing services provided in West Cornwall by the N H S and healthcare services.

Are you concerned about healthcare in West Cornwall ?  Perhaps you have a good news story or a particular problem or maybe you would like to join us. If so we would love to hear from you.   Everything is dealt with in confidence.  Please  CONTACT US .




TRELISKE HOPITAL In the year leading up to September, Royal Cornwall Hospital declared 134 days on Opel 4 (equivalent to black alert) - the highest in England, according to responses to Freedom of Information requests sent to all hospital trusts. Just under 70% of NHS trusts responded to the BBC.

MINOR INJURY UNIT's  in Cornwall. Check out the lastest waiting times for MIU's in the County . Live NHS  link  undated every 15 minutes . VISIT  HERE

Save our NHS .  It is believed 20% more funding is needed  by 2020 for our NHS to survive. Read  the  Charter to Save the NHS

 Confused about how the NHS  in England  works ?  The Kings Fund have pruduced a 10 minute video 

NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group - The organisation responsible for assessing, planning and buying  services to suit the health needs of Cornwall want your feedback on the minor injury services your GP provides. Go to to complete the survey. 

 Across the UK 2,000 people die each week after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which is the equivalent of one person every 5 minutes. This statistic includes one child daily in our schools. Visit thier web site to find the nearest unit to you.

DEMENTIA CARE . Concerns grow with lack of Dementia care in Cornwall. West Cornwall Healthwatch report on growing number of Dementia Suffers in Cornwall amid reduced local services. Read the full article.

PENGARTH DAY CENTRE PENZANCE  is to open at weekends. From Saturday 19th January for 6 weeks and hopefully beyond. Contact 01736 364307 and visit

 THE NHS NEW LONG TERM PLAN  released January 2019.   The NHS has written a Long Term Plan so it can be fit for the future and is based on the experiences of patients and staff. Read the details here .



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