Patient stories improve health services - tell us yours .
Join the fight to save our community hospitals
Join the fight to protect our community beds !
Dementia Care in Cornwall - is it fit for purpose ?
Dementia Care in Cornwall -  is it fit for purpose?
The fight to save Edward Hain Hospital continues
The fight to save Edward Hain Hospital Continues
The NHS at 70

THANK YOU TO ALL THE WONDERFUL NHS STAFF !!

St Michaels NHS 70th Celebrations

Welcome

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.

Do you have a story to tell

PATIENT STORIES - Do you have a story to tell about your experiences of  Cornwall's NHS or Socail Care Services ? Share with us  your stories - good or bad. By sharing your experiences  with us we can help promote the good bits and highlight  areas  not so good. Submit your story  here .

Current status at Minor Injury Units Cornwall

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

 DEMENTIA CARE . Concerns grow with lack of Dementia care in Cornwall. West Cornwall Healthwatch report on growing number of people with  Dementia 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 .

How does the NHS work ?

 Confused about how the NHS  in England  works ?  The Kings Fund have pruduced a 10 minute video  https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/audio-video/how-does-nhs-in-england-work. 

Community Hospitals should be turned into re-ablement centres

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.   Read the full report

Find your nearest defribrillator

Do you know where your nearest Defibrillator is?  Knowing it could save a life.   With thanks to the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity visit  PAD FINDER

Recent news and views

The Embrace Care project is beginning to look like a political stunt. Cornwall’s frail older folk deserve better.
Farewell and thanks go to Jackie Pendleton and a warm welcome go to Helen Charlesworth-May in her new. role.
In Cornwall we are proud of our volunteering tradition. But is the recent advert to recruit those volunteers to help ease the crisis in the NHS and Social Care a step too far?
Before health and social care services can be successfully integrated the NHS needs to get its own house in order. A new report, prepared by Dr Peter Levin sets out eight challenges that the NHS leadership must rise to if we are to get better value for the money, a better service for patients and a better working environment for staff. Go to the full report.
General Election promises brings crunch time for lack of community beds in West Cornwall. Will there be a new purpose built facility? Will the saga of Edward Hain finally be concluded ?