Coronavirus (COVID-19) is still around so it’s a good idea to keep doing simple things to protect our families and communities, especially those at the greatest risk of severe illness.
Try to stay at home and avoid contact with others if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19. We know it’s tough but it is essential to protect the NHS and save lives.
Helping people get fit to fight COVID-19
If you do catch COVID-19 being as fit and healthy as you can be will help limit the impact it has on you. The NHS and our partners are working to help those most at risk get fit to fight COVID.
COVID-19 is serious. It can take people months to recover. That could be months of discomfort and months off work. In the worst cases the virus is a killer.
Make a change and get fit to fight COVID
The fitter you are, the better you can fight off COVID-19. Even small steps are worth taking; and it’s worth taking that first step now.
Things we should all consider doing:
- quitting smoking
- losing weight
- eating healthy food
- getting active
There is lots of help and advice available; with many services specially adapted to support you online and over the phone.
The NHS is here for you
We would like to assure people that the NHS is still here for you and able to support all types of health needs.
All our hospitals are very busy and we expect this to continue for some time. To help you get the quickest and most appropriate treatment please contact NHS 111 first before heading to any walk-in services like the emergency department, urgent treatment centre or minor injury unit.
NHS 111 is available online with a symptom checker to guide you to the best support. On the phone just dial 111; it’s free and available 24/7.
Helping our most ill and urgent patients
The NHS across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is working together to provide support where needed and have cooperated to ensure we have opened more critical care beds. We’re continuing to provide cancer and other urgent operations and will aim to carry on providing other non-COVID treatments as much as possible; but in some cases we need to move staff so they can support the additional critical care beds we have opened.
Patients who have appointments should still attend. If we need to reschedule an appointment patients will be contacted directly.
NHS services are available if you need us. Spotting problems early is vital, especially cancers. GPs are continuing to refer patients to hospitals as normal.
Services that may be affected as a result of coronavirus
See below for details of how services may have been affected as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
If you have a health condition or symptom that is worrying, please contact your GP. Your GP practice has plans in place to make sure you can be seen safely and effectively, reducing the risk of being exposed to the virus.
At first you may be offered a phone or video consultation with your doctor, but if you do need a face-to-face appointment, you will be able to be seen in a safe environment by your healthcare professional.
We are here for you, to support the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community.
Cancer services remain a priority for the NHS and are continuing as far as possible, despite the unprecedented challenges the NHS is currently facing from COVID-19.
Patients should be reassured that cancer surgery is not routinely being postponed and it is safe for you to come into hospitals for urgent tests, procedures and operations when you are given an appointment. Please attend your appointment, unless you are advised by your care provider not to. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of your appointment, please discuss this with your clinician.
We understand that this may be a worrying time for patients, but decisions are taken on a case by case basis and patients needing urgent surgery may be prioritised. All patients are being kept under close review by senior doctors and should make contact with their doctor or nurse if their symptoms worsen.
The public can do their bit to help to reduce the spread of transmission of COVID-19 by observing social distancing and the hands, face, space advice, which will save lives and reduce demand on the NHS.
Page last reviewed: 12 July, 2022