South Kerrier and Isles of Scilly GP locality
The south Kerrier GP locality stretches from St Keverne and Mullion over to Helston and over to the Isles of Scilly.
The five GP practices in the locality have a registered population of approximately 33,000 patients. For more information, go to the locality's GP surgeries page.
The GP Lead for the south Kerrier locality is Dr James Tait and the GP Lead for the Isles of Scilly locality is Dr John Garman.
Helston Community Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient care and a range of clinics for the people of the town and surrounding area. There is also a Minor Injury Unit which is open every day between 8am and 10pm. The hospital also offers a day hospital facility which hosts various clinics, groups and services such as blood transfusion.
St Mary’s Community Hospital on the Isles of Scilly provides inpatient and outpatient clinics for people on the Isles. There is also a Minor Injury Unit open all day every day.
On the mainland, the priorities relate to improving access to services locally. A GP weekend review clinic has been trialled and is set to continue, working along the minor injuries unit at Helston Community Hospital. South Kerrier is a Primary Care Home site. The locality is committed to developing an integrated care team approach to better support people within the community setting. This will bring together a range of health and social care professionals to work together to provide enhanced personalised and preventative care for their local community.
On the Isles of Scilly, work is progressing towards joining up the health and social care provision to make the best use of the resources. There is a daily ‘multi-disciplinary team meeting’, and a ‘clinical forum’ through which patients and their carers can contribute suggestions that improve the care they receive. The Isles of Scilly travel project is aiming to deliver service improvements for Isles of Scilly patients, reducing the need for medical travel to the mainland by providing more outpatient activity on the Isles; thereby reducing travel costs.
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