Welcome to Cornwall Hospice Care and to Cornwall!
We’re very much looking forward to welcoming you to our county and to our charity and thought you might like to find out a bit more about our home and our hospices before you join our team.
Cornwall is situated in the far south-west of the UK, like a foot reaching out in to the Atlantic. The county is almost surrounded by sea and its only border is with Devon as you can see from this map. Just off Land’s End are the beautiful Isles of Scilly.
Cornwall’s famous for its surf, beaches, pasties and cream teas – we eat our scones jam first and with our famous clotted cream on top. It’s a very popular holiday destination and the population here can triple in size during the summer.
A word about Cornwall’s roads….
There’s one main spine road through Cornwall and it’s the A30. It’s predominantly a dual carriageway – we don’t have a motorway – and it forms part of the route from Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell to St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle. It’s extremely busy, especially in the summer when there’s huge numbers of tourists driving through. At the moment there’s also a very slow section where it’s single carriageway that’s at last being dualled. You can read about the work here https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/south-west/a30-chiverton-to-carland-cross/.
You need to leave at least an hour for journeys between our two hospices.
This is a good moment to also talk about Cornwall’s other roads. There are smaller B roads, big enough to allow cars to pass each other, but there are also many much smaller lanes first constructed when there were few vehicles and horses and carts. The trick with these is to keep your speed down and note every passing place you go by so you know how far you might have to reverse for a vehicle coming the other way. Tourists are often unused to these tiny roads and nervous to go back! You will also be sharing the lanes with large agricultural vehicles and machinery.
Once a major mining capital, the main industries now are tourism and agriculture and we’re also building a reputation in the aerospace world. The county has a long history and many ancient sites remain including the Men-an-Tol, the Hurlers and Tintagel Castle. The county had its own language, much like the Welsh and Scottish, but it died out and is now only spoken by a dedicated army of people. You can read more about Cornwall’s history here https://www.historic-cornwall.org.uk/a-brief-history-of-cornwall/.
Sadly, despite the beauty of its coastline that attracts many visitors, Cornwall is home to some very deprived areas too. Second homes have vastly reduced the number of affordable properties available for local families and the infrastructure is under enormous pressure.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Cornwall and to our charity and here with the first of many welcomes is Gina Starnes, our Clinical Director:
Cornwall Hospice Care is a 24/7 Cornwall-based healthcare charity and we offer end of life support for people with terminal illnesses. Our clinical teams and volunteers support patients and their families, carers and friends at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle, through our Community Services and via our Lymphoedema specialists.
You can take a look round our hospices before you join us by watching each of these short films: