Peninsula Community Health
 

Cornwall Health for Homeless

“Bridging the gap between homelessness and healthcare”

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About Us

Cornwall Health for Homeless is a service provided by Peninsula Community Health and was established in 2003. Homeless people often experience difficulties in accessing medical care, despite being greatly at increased risk from suffering both poor mental and physical health due to their situation.  

Our service has identified the needs of these patients and strives to provide the medical care required by the homeless people within Cornwall.    

We work in partnership with St Petrocs and find this to be a great benefit in enabling the patients to link with the services of St Petrocs and Cornwall Health for Homeless. 

Cornwall Health for Homeless is committed to breaking the cycle of poor health and homelessness. By working in partnership with local and national statutory organisations, we are helping people live more stable lives and access suitable accommodation.

What We Provide…

Cornwall Health for Homeless run clinics throughout the week in three locations:

  • St Petrocs in Truro
  • Breadline in Penzance
  • Coastline in Camborne.

The clinics run on a drop-in basis to remain accessible to the patient group and are led by a clinical member of the team. The service is comprised of two GPs and one Nurse, supported by a Practice Manager and two admin staff.

The clinics provide access to medical advice and treatment. Lengthy and repeated consultations are often necessary. 

Many of our patients have alcohol/drug dependency, psychological or mental health problems which require close working between the medical team and Cornwall Drug and Alcohol Team, Addaction, Outlook Southwest and community mental health teams. 

Within the clinics we can provide:

  • Immunisations
  • Health Promotion
  • Mental Health Care
  • Shared Care
  • Hostel Detox Dental Care
  • Foot Care
  • Housing Solutions

General Information

  • If the clinic is closed and you need to see a doctor or nurse—please phone 01872 242294
  • A doctor or nurse is available for registration, examination dressings plus a range of prescriptions
  • Referral to other services for example—drug, alcohol and counseling services are available, please speak to your medical team
  • Occasionally it may be necessary to change clinic times, please see weekly timetable that are held at each site. We apologise for any disruption this may cause you.

All patients are entitled to a chaperone when being examined. If you require this service, please speak to your doctor or nurse, however please be mindful that in order to arrange this, it may be necessary to reschedule your examination to a later date/time.

Your rights and responsibilities

Although we are a specialist service for the homeless, you are not obliged to register with us, however you will need to do so in order to be see by one of our team.

Your medical records will be held in the strictest confidence. If you move on from an area where we hold clinics, you will need to re-register with another GP Practice.

Our staff are here to help you. Please treat them with respect. Any acts of aggression or violence may result in deregistration.

Repeat prescriptions

Are only issued if you see the doctor or nurse.

Lost Prescriptions

The doctor or nurse may not replace lost or stolen prescriptions until they are due, therefore please Keep them safe.

Clinics

Truro clinic

St Petroc’s Resource Centre
8 City Road
Truro
TR1 2JJ

  • Monday: 10am to 12 noon (GP Clinic)
  • Tuesday: 2pm to 4pm (Nurse Clinic)
  • Wednesday: 10am to 12 noon (GP Clinic)
  • Thursday: 2pm to 4pm (Nurse Clinic)
  • Friday: 10am to 12 noon (GP Clinic)

Camborne clinic

New Connections
11 Basset Road 
Camborne
TR14 8SB

  • Monday: 10am to 12 noon (GP Clinic)
  • Tuesday: 10am to 12 noon (Nurse Clinic) 2pm to 3.30pm (GP Clinic)
  • Wednesday: 10am to 12 noon (Nurse Clinic)
  • Thursday: 10am to 12 noon (Nurse Clinic) 2pm to 3.30pm (GP Clinic)
  • Friday: 10am to 12 noon (GP Clinic)

Penzance clinic

Breadline Centre
Bread Street 
Penzance
TR18 2EQ

  • Monday: 10am to 12 noon (nurse Clinic)
  • Tuesday: 10am to 12 noon (GP Clinic)
  • Wednesday: No Clinic
  • Thursday: 10am to 12 noon (GP Clinic)
  • Friday: 10am to 11.30am (Nurse Clinic)

Comments

If you wish to comment, complain or make a suggestion about our service, please contact:

The Practice Manager
Cornwall Health for Homeless
8 City Road
Truro
TR1 2JJ

Tel: 01872 273617

Useful Telephone Numbers

Cornwall Health for Homeless

24 Hour service for registered patients*

Tel: 01872 242294

NHS Direct

24 Hour General medical advice

www.nhsdirect.co.uk

0845 4647 (Lo-call rate)

Emergency Services

Call 999

 

*For emergencies when the clinics are closed, this number automatically connects to Serco Out of Hours Service