MPs Column

It was great to attend the official ‘commissioning’ of the CT scanner installed at West Cornwall Hospital last week. The CT scanner demonstrates the commitment to West Cornwall Hospital as an Urgent Care Centre and this considerable investment gives the radiographers working at West Cornwall the latest tools available. I attended the launch of the first scanner several years ago and this new CT scanner and digital X-ray equipment offers faster scanning and imaging times as well as a a safer and better experience for patients. The X-ray rooms have also been reconfigured and are equipped with the latest digital X-ray technology, supporting the diagnosis and treatment of more patients and closer to their homes. In the past year both Lib-Dem and Labour activists have attempted to whip up concern about the future of West Cornwall Hospital. This does nothing but create anxiety in the local community and unnerve staff and patients. I hope this news, along with other improvements being made at the hospital, will reassure people that West Cornwall Hospital continues to feature as an important Urgent Care Centre amongst the broad range of NHS services across Cornwall.

Thank you to those of you living in and around Helston who have completed the residents survey. For those who have not yet done so, you can return your survey in a sealed envelope to your local post office, to Helston Central Methodist Church, Sainsbury’s, Culdrose Community Centre, the Spar Shop or Lakeside Cafe. Alternatively you can complete it online at https://survey.derekthomas.org/. For hard copies of the survey please call the Constituency Office on 01736 363038 or email derek.thomas.mp@parliament.uk. The survey considers what you think about the future of Helston as a place to live, shop, visit and enjoy. 

Helston Heritage Railway is a testament to the hard work of many volunteers over several years and, for the first time in five decades, a steam engine is running along a restored section of track. As someone who has endeavoured to take my children to experience the thrill of travelling under steam power on holidays in Wales and across England including the Isle of White, it’s fantastic that we now have steam power close to home. I’d recommend you check it out.

As Chair of the All Party Group for Brain Tumours I chaired the second session of our inquiry into the economic and social impacts of brain tumours. Brain tumours are devastating for patients and their families. Quite rightly we have focused attention on the diagnosis and treatment for sufferers and progress has been made. Now we want to understand the impact of a brain tumour on a patient and their family and what can be done to help. For example, we heard how people diagnosed nearly always lose their driving licence and have extraordinary challenges in getting it back, long after going into remission. This has a dramatic effect on their independence and it’s not clear if withholding a driving license is necessary. We want to put these things right.