This page is a printable version of: http://peninsulacommunityhealth.co.uk/our-services/Cornwall-health-for-homeless.htm
Date: 28 April 2015
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.
Cornwall Health for Homeless run clinics throughout the week in three locations:
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:
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.
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.
Are only issued if you see the doctor or nurse.
The doctor or nurse may not replace lost or stolen prescriptions until they are due, therefore please Keep them safe.
St Petroc’s Resource Centre
8 City Road
11 Basset Road
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
Tel: 01872 273617
24 Hour service for registered patients*
Tel: 01872 242294
24 Hour General medical advice
0845 4647 (Lo-call rate)
*For emergencies when the clinics are closed, this number automatically connects to Serco Out of Hours Service