Children’s Health Services In Scilly Will ‘Continue As Normal’

hospital  nhs sign 2A commercial operator won’t, for now, be able to pitch for the contract to take on some of Scilly’s health services.

NHS Kernow, who contract health providers, have cancelled their planned procurement of a children’s healthcare and mental health services provider.

The tendering process was underway but they’ve put plans on hold until details of the Cornish devolution deal have been worked out.

Children’s health services are currently run by Cornwall NHS Foundation Trust.

They employ a resident health visitor and school nurse on the islands, as well as providing occupational and speech therapy and a children’s mental health worker.

Radio Scilly understands that private health company Virgin Care was interested in running the service and had made fact-finding visits to the islands this month.

Virgin Care currently has a £131 million contract to provide NHS and social care services for children in Devon.

Carol Clarke from Scilly’s Healthwatch organisation says they’ve received very good feedback from islanders about the current service provided by CFT. And she says there were no plans to change the level of service provided to Scilly under a new contract.

NHS Kernow are extending their arrangement with CFT for now and their spokesman told us that children’s community health services in Scilly will continue as normal.