GP Service

Health For Homeless

Bridging the gap between homelessness and healthcare

Cornwall Health for Homeless is a service provided by Peninsula Community Health and was established in 2003.

About Our Service

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 Petroc's and find this to be a great benefit in enabling the patients to link with the services of St Petroc's and Cornwall Health for Homeless.

What We Provide

Cornwall Health for Homeless run clinics throughout the week in three locations; St Petroc's in Truro; Breadline in Penzance; and 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 which 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

For more information visit the PCH Website , Cornwall Health for Homeless or contact Tracey Burrell, Business Support Manager on 01872 246901.