Message from Chacewater and Devoran Surgeries – Flu Clinic Information and Dates

Please note, the first clinic on 2nd Oct is for patients over 65 only.
This is due to the supplier’s delivery schedules for the under 65 vaccines and is beyond our control.

To ensure that we can provide the quickest and safest service on the
day please can we ask that patients do not arrive earlier than the
start time of the clinic as we are unable to give any vaccinations until a Doctor is at the hall.

The clinics can be very busy early on so, if possible, please arrive
later in the clinic so that everyone can be seen in a timely manner and you have a shorter wait.

There will be representatives from our Patient Participation Group
and also our Social Prescriber at each clinic to discuss any
suggestions or comments patients may have regarding the surgery and the services we provide.

For patients under 65, we are really pleased to be able to offer the
upgraded flu jab which provides broader cover against flu and
protection against 4 possible flu strains rather than the 3 offered in previous years.

Please note that we will not be able to offer patients appointments
for their flu jabs at the surgery until the last flu clinic has taken place.


Do you believe in the importance of high standards of ethical conduct in local councils? If so, you may be interested in joining Cornwall Council’s Standards Committee to help maintain and promote such standards.

The Standards Committee is looking to appoint to recruit to its membership 5 x Town and Parish Council Representatives, 1 x currently serving Clerk of a Town or Parish Council and 4 x Independent (Lay) Members.

To be eligible to be a Town and Parish Council Representative you must be a member of a Town or Parish Council in Cornwall and not a member or officer of Cornwall Council or an officer of a Town or Parish Council. To be appointed as the Clerk Representative you must be currently serving as a Clerk of a Town or Parish Council in Cornwall and to be appointed as a Lay Member you cannot have been, in the last five years, an elected member or officer of Cornwall Council or of a Town or Parish Council in Cornwall.

For all roles previous experience of an ethical standards regime, whilst not
essential, is an advantage. These are voluntary roles, but an allowance of £1,352 is payable and there will be travelling and subsistence expenses.

If you think you meet the above criteria further information and an application form can be requested from Simon JR Mansell MBE, 4 th Floor, North Wing, New County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY or email:

The closing date for applications is 08.00 on 30 September 2019

Trefula House Nursing Home – Press Release 02.08.19

The safety and well-being of thirty three of Cornwall’s most vulnerable residents has been secured, following the unprecedented decision by Cornwall Council to step in and purchase a nursing home in St Day. The Corserv Group will take on operational responsibility for the home.

Trefula House provides vital nursing and residential care for up to 44 people with complex needs and dementia.

Authority was delegated to the Strategic Director for Adult Social Care, in consultation with Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Rob Rotchell at Cabinet on 19 June, to allow for a financial viability process to take place, prior to confirming the transfer of the home to Cornwall Council.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for adults Rob Rotchell said: “This is the right decision for the council to make under these extreme circumstances. Our priority, first and foremost,  is the welfare and care of those vulnerable individuals who currently live there, who otherwise would have had their lives disrupted with very little notice. They would more than likely have been taken to homes outside of Cornwall, away from their family, friends and all that is familiar to them.”

“We are working with residents, their families and staff to make sure that everyone is reassured and confident in the care they receive and in the ongoing management of the home.”

Local member for Carharrack, Gwennap and St Day, Mark Kaczmarek said: “I’m very pleased that action has been taken to immediately secure the home so that residents will not face any disruption and that staff can continue to work to support them.”

Corserv’s community care business, which includes care services STEPS and Corcare, will be managing Trefula House in partnership with Cornwall Council. They bring expertise in providing care and support for people with a mix of different needs and are best placed to improve the standards and quality of care to residents.

Damian McGowan, interim managing director at Cormac community care services said: “Working together with Cornwall Council gives us the opportunity to bring in our dedicated and highly-trained team to increase the quality of care that the residents will receive. It also means that they can continue to live in a place that they are familiar with and which is close to friends and family. Taking over the management in this instance reflects our commitment to the care sector and our shared values with the Council.”

The Corserv Group, as an arms-length body, is able to work quickly, safeguarding vulnerable adults when the care market finds itself in difficulties, as it did with Allied Healthcare’s Cornish business recently.

Cornwall Council states that this decision does not set a precedent for any future failing care homes. This is an extraordinary case where the impact on the people living there and the financial viability of the health and care system as a whole would have been severely affected.

The council is working with the previous home owners and partners to plan the ongoing management of the home.

United Downs Deep Geothermal Power – Public Drop-In


2pm – 4pm

Visit anytime between these times, no need to book

Both wells are now drilled and the rig is no longer on site. You will be able to view information panels, used drill bits and GEL staff will be available to talk about the evaluation stage of the project. The drop-in is suitable for all of the family and includes free children’s activities and refreshments.

Cornwall Council Press Release

Call out for Social Care PAs to Access Free Training

Personal Assistants (PAs) in Cornwall are being encouraged to take up free training to support them in their role which is to help people with care and support needs in Cornwall to live independently.

The training is being delivered by 5 Degrees West, a training partnership between disAbility Cornwall & Isles of Scilly and Seahorse Associates, who, supported by Cornwall Council, were able to apply for money from Skills for Care, a national organisation who provides support, funding and advice for employers and employees in the care sector.

This vital training will help to give PAs the skills and confidence to support their employers (the people they care for) and includes training in food hygiene, Huntington’s disease, ageing with autism, spinal injury care and much more.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Rob Rotchell said: “Personal Assistants, or PA’s, are employed directly by the person they are caring for with their personal budget and this can allow people to have more choice and control over the care they receive.

“I’d urge anyone to take up this offer to update their skills as it’s very important that people with care and support needs in Cornwall receive the very best care they can get, while also giving the care workforce in Cornwall the best skills possible.”

The training is delivered in venues in Bodmin and Hayle, with dates available from now until January 2020. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

People who employ PAs can also access training around employment law that covers employer’s legal obligations and statutory employment rights.

You can find out more about the training and book a place by contacting 5 Degrees West by email or by calling on 01736 751920.

If you’re interested in becoming a PA or any other job in the care sector in Cornwall then you can visit the Proud to Care Cornwall website  

More information on personal budgets and employing a PA can be found on the Skills for Care website

This initiative supports Cornwall Council’s priority to protect and improve the lives of vulnerable adults in Cornwall. (17th July 2019)

St Day in Bloom Winners

Thank you to all the people who entered St Day in Bloom this year – there were a healthy 10 in the competition and standards were high! The winners are as follows:-

1st – C Russell, Balcoath

2nd – K Cains, Pink Moors

3rd – K Whitwam, Fore Street

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