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 .


New publication  by Dr Peter Levin regarding Community Hospitals in Cornwall. Three are under threat of closure on dubiois evidence .  Read Peter's  report  for turning them in re-ablement centres.   Visit our Publications Page.

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 

 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 here to  find the nearest defibrillator 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.

 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 .



Recent news and views

Will the NHS long term plans deliver a reduction in hospital admissions.
The government’s NHS long-term plan, recently published, paints a compelling future for the future of care for older people, saying that care will becoming increasingly more coordinated and responsive and that, as a result, pressure on hospitals will be reduced and money saved Read the full article.
Winter Pilot Scheme at Edward Hain  Community Hospital gets underway
Read all about the winter pilot scheme at Edward Hain Community Hospital. What are your experiences of the scheme . What are the long term plans ?
Locals must decide where extra  health funding is to be allocated
West Cornwall is to receive an extra £9.1 million in NHS funding . Locals must be consulted on priorities and influence how it is to be spent.
Patient stories improve health services.
The importance of raising a concern or a complaint about any healthcare treatment you have received cannot be overstated. Raising an issue improves treatments for you and other patients.
How a lack of teamwork at the Royal Cornwall Hospital contributed to the death of a little girl with autism.
New on our local hospitals. West Cornwall to be Urgent Treatment Centre.
West Cornwall Hospital to be " Urgent Care Centre". Growth of orthopaedics for St Michaels Hayle. Edward Hain debacle rumbles on.