Healthwatch Says Treliske Hospital Working Hard On Islander Appointments

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20% of RCHT clinics are now held in Scilly

Scilly’s Healthwatch manager says the NHS in Cornwall is trying hard to offer islanders mainland medical appointments that fit in with a day return ticket.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has been collecting data on the percentage of islanders who are seen in a 3-hour window across lunchtime, from 11am to 2pm.

And Carol Clarke says they’re “not doing badly” with just under 60% of appointments at Treliske hitting this target.

Carol says there were 1,700 outpatient appointments for islanders at the RCHT hospitals last year and hospital management is listening.

In the past year, the NHS has issued 2,300 travel warrants for locals. That’s where the NHS picks up most of the Skybus fare and patients pay just £5. One-third of the passes have been for escorts for children or the elderly.

But Carol says RCHT bosses are keen to reduce travel because of the time and cost involved.

A St Mary’s hospital worker is now noting which doctors can provide video consultations, if acceptable, to the patient.

And Islanders might be surprised at the number of clinicians who come to Scilly for surgeries. 20% of RCHT appointments are now held in clinics here on the islands.

Carol says they’re also looking to move more of the remaining 50% of consultations at Treliske closer to where people live, which for us would be Penzance.

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