The news that Treliske Hospital faces an emergency and that outpatient appointments are being cancelled because of ‘extreme pressure’ on services is clearly unacceptable.
Yesterday, the hospital was placed on the highest operation pressure level OPEL 4, which was previously referred to as black alert.
Reasonable access to urgent care services is something every UK citizen should enjoy and, here in Cornwall, we are already severely challenged due to our unique geography.
Myself and Sarah Newton MP met with the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock to identify how best to avoid any repeat of this we will be meeting again this evening.
The RCHT said yesterday afternoon:
“It has been necessary to cancel some routine outpatient appointments this afternoon whilst we respond to extreme pressure on health and care services in Cornwall.
“Patients are being contacted personally, so there is no need to call the hospital. Urgent cancer clinics, paediatrics and renal dialysis are not affected.
“We do apologise for any inconvenience but hope patients will understand our need to concentrate on caring for the high number of emergency patients needing admission.
“Any appointments that are postponed will be rescheduled as soon as possible.