HEALTHWATCH ADDRESSING ACCOMMODATION ISSUES
Healthwatch Isles of Scilly has said that it is continuing to address the issue of accommodation for islanders undergoing long-term treatment at the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske.
The independent consumer champion has been working with the Cornwall & IOS Cancer Patients and Carers Group on the possibility of affordable accommodation for patients undergoing cancer treatments and also for anyone looking at an extended stay away.
It wrote in its September Roundup: "Provision of affordable accommodation on site would be a high level project requiring additional backing and funding.
"We have made a joint report to the IOS Health and Wellbeing Board as a first step in escalating the issue."
The organisation also said that it will conduct a survey about access issues after it received comments from both residents and visitors about the challenges of getting to and around the islands.
It wrote: "This includes finding accessible accommodation, accessible transport, hazards and obstacles while out and about."
It pledged to undertake a survey of the situation with the intention of leading to better information being available.
Healthwatch also reported that the Dental Surgery has appointed a second dental nurse who will take up post later this Autumn, adding: "This will free up time for handling appointments and reception duties, and reinstate direct telephone contact with the local surgery."