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Future Social Care Challenges Outlined to Councillors

Future Social Care Challenges Outlined to Councillors

The challenges that the Council faces in funding adult social care in the future have been outlined to councillors. At last night’s community services meeting, members heard that the adult social care budget is £44,000 over target for third party care services, partly because they are paying for long-term Park House residents who can no […]

Plan To Create Wellbeing Hub At Old Primary School

Plan To Create Wellbeing Hub At Old Primary School

A new, improved gym for St Mary’s and exercise equipment for the Off-Islands could be available next year. The Town Hall will need to be successful in a grant application for new kit and that will mean the current sports gear from Carn Thomas could be taken to other islands. Director of Community Services, Penny […]

Health Watchdog Seeking Your Views On NHS Changes

Health Watchdog Seeking Your Views On NHS Changes

The islands’ health watchdog, Link, is inviting you to give your views on plans for the future of healthcare. There are going to be significant changes to healthcare delivery on the islands, with the hospital potentially leaving direct NHS management and a social enterprise company likely to take control from next April. And NHS bosses […]

Local NHS Targets Childhood Obesity

Local NHS Targets Childhood Obesity

Our local NHS is encouraging families in Scilly to help reverse rising obesity rates. National Childhood Obesity Week starts next week and the Primary Care Trust’s Felicity Owen, says they are supporting the National Child Measurement Programme, which records the height and weight of children in the first and last years of primary school. The […]

NHS Board Votes To Transfer Scilly Health Services To Non-Profit Company

NHS Board Votes To Transfer Scilly Health Services To Non-Profit Company

The Board of NHS Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has unanimously voted for the transfer of adult community health services at St Marys Hospital to a new body, which is not part of the NHS. Peninsula Community Health, is a non-profit making social enterprise company. It will also take on district nursing roles and […]

Proposed NHS Changes Discussed With Staff

Proposed NHS Changes Discussed With Staff

NHS bosses will decide tomorrow whether St Mary’s hospital can leave the NHS and become part of a social enterprise company. It’s all part of changes brought about by the NHS White Paper. The man who will head up the new organisation if permission is granted, Kevin Baber, came to St Mary’s hospital on Wednesday […]

New Campaign Launched To Prevent Falls By Elderly

New Campaign Launched To Prevent Falls By Elderly

Preventing falls is to be the focus of a new health service campaign being launched in Scilly and Cornwall. Falls are the leading cause of injury and deaths among people aged 65 and over and an older person has a 50% probability of having seriously impaired mobility and a 10% probability of dying after tripping. […]

Trampoline Safety Campaign Aims To Cut Injuries Toll

Trampoline Safety Campaign Aims To Cut Injuries Toll

Children in Scilly are being warned about the dangers of using trampolines. Trampolines and other outdoor play equipment are known to put 60 under-18s in hospital with serious injuries every year in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. That’s according to Beth Beynon, from the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly’s Public Health team, who […]

MP Throws Support Behind Carers Week

MP Throws Support Behind Carers Week

The week-long programme of events for Carers Week has finished on the islands and now Scilly’s MP, Andrew George, is throwing his support behind the nationwide initiative. He says that thousands of people across his constituency sacrifice their own time, money and health in order to care for a loved one. And he says they […]