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Assurances Given Over Scilly’s Dental Service

Assurances Given Over Scilly’s Dental Service

The organisation that manages the dental surgery at St Mary’s hospital has given their assurance that the service will continue when the current dentist resigns in the autumn. PCH Dental, a not-for-profit company, confirmed yesterday that Scilly’s only dentist, Dr Robert Seddon, wants to stand down in September. And they say they’re running a number […]

Scilly’s Vet Encouraging Dog Owners To Check For Ticks

Scilly’s Vet Encouraging Dog Owners To Check For Ticks

Scilly’s Vet is encouraging dog owners to have their pets checked if they think they might have been exposed to ticks. The blood sucking parasites seem to be feeding earlier in the year and for longer. Tick bites can transmit serious infections, such as Lyme disease, a debilitating illness that can cause long-term health problems […]

Cornish Devolution ‘Elephant In The Room’ For Scilly’s Council

Cornish Devolution ‘Elephant In The Room’ For Scilly’s Council

An Isles of Scilly councillor says Cornish devolution plans are the “elephant in the room” when discussing health and social care needs for the islands. Cllr Marian Bennett was speaking at Tuesday’s Community Services meeting, the day before the Chancellor George Osborne announced that discussions were taking place with a number of English regions, including […]

Council Outlines Vision For Helping Older Residents

Council Outlines Vision For Helping Older Residents

Older residents in Scilly could get more suitable housing, help with rubbish collections and IT training. Those are a few of the options outlined in the Council’s vision for supporting older islanders to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. The document, presented at Tuesday’s Community Services meeting, was written on […]

St Mary’s Health Centre Trust Looking For New Members

St Mary’s Health Centre Trust Looking For New Members

The Trust that owns St Mary’s Health Centre is looking for new members to join their board. Many islanders are probably unaware that the Health Centre building is managed by a group of locals who rent it out to the GPs’ for use as a surgery. The Trust was formed in the early 1990’s to […]

Chancellor Expected To Announce Devolved Health And Care Budget For Region

Chancellor Expected To Announce Devolved Health And Care Budget For Region

There’s been speculation that the Chancellor will announce a new devolved health and social care package for Cornwall, worth up to £2bn, in this week’s budget. Whether the plan could affect delivery of services here in the Isles of Scilly, or include transfer of powers from our own Council, hasn’t been released. The proposal was […]

Peninsula Community Health To End St Mary’s Hospital Contract

Peninsula Community Health To End St Mary’s Hospital Contract

Peninsula Community Health, who operates St Mary’s Hospital, is ending its contract with the NHS from the end of next March. It means that staff will have a new employer from 1st April. As yet it is uncertain who that will be, but both NHS Kernow, who will recruit the new operator, and PCH have […]

Scilly’s Healthwatch Moving To New Offices

Scilly’s Healthwatch Moving To New Offices

Scilly’s Healthwatch is moving. The organisation that monitors health and social services on behalf of the islands’ community is relocating from their Thoroughfare home of 6 years to the Council’s recently built Porthcressa workspaces. They’ll take over the ground floor unit currently used by a carpet business. In the last year, Healthwatch has developed a […]

More Help For Hospital Recruitment Promised

More Help For Hospital Recruitment Promised

The Chief Executive of the company that runs St Mary’s hospital has praised the work of staff. And he’s promised to do more to help recruit new medical professionals to the islands. Steve Jenkin was speaking at the recent Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, where he gave a report on the progress of Peninsula Community […]