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Business as usual for Truro’s Royal Cornwall Hospital over the festive break

By WBEsme  |  Posted: December 23, 2013

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Many departments at Truro’s Royal Cornwall Hospital will be keeping regular opening hours over the Christms period.

Staff in emergency and maternity units will be working throughout the festive break to provide health care for those in need.

People are being encouraged not to delay treatment over the bank holiday, but are being asked to choose appropriate health services.

Sian Ireland, a consultant in emergency medicine, said: “Over the festive period we most often see older people who’ve not wanted to spoil the day for the family by complaining until it’s much later and then they feel quite unwell.

“We’d like to remind people to seek medical help when they need it and to think about where is the best place to access it.

“GPs and Minor Injury Units will all have services over the festive period but if you need emergency care, we are here.”

Other hospital departments, including the Clinical Imaging and X-Ray unit, will be running reduced services over the bank holiday.

David Tremain, specialist radiographer, said: “If you get an appointment for 9am on Boxing Day for your MRI, it’s not a joke we are running a scanning session.”

Security, porters, cleaners and catering staff will also be on duty, alongside volunteers from the Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital and hospital chaplains.

Rev Mark Richards said: “The Chaplains provide a 24 hour on-call service throughout the Christmas period.

“On Christmas Day, there will be a service for patients and staff on from 10am which is being led by the Bishop of St Germans, Christopher Goldsmith.

“The Chaplains and their volunteers will also be visiting the wards and providing support at the bedside where it has been requested.”

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