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Ambulance service issues G7 advice

Tuesday 8 June

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is advising people to expect disruption in Cornwall during this week’s G7 summit.

The event will see leaders from various countries, including the UK, gather together in Cornwall from 11 to 13 June. They will discuss global challenges such as the economy, Covid-19 (coronavirus), trade, green technology and the environment.

Devon & Cornwall Police will command the largest policing and security operation in its history for the summit.

With unique security considerations, the event will bring a level of inevitable disruption to the local communities, particularly around the four official locations of Carbis Bay, St Ives, Falmouth and Newquay.

People are encouraged to plan travel in advance, due to the likely impact on the transport network within the county.

Cornwall’s healthcare system has been experiencing increased demand for services recently, with people travelling to the county following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

SWASFT will be providing additional resources in the area to ensure it can manage the increased demand it expects the summit to generate.

The public are being asked to think 111 first if they need urgent healthcare, and only call 999 in a life-threatening emergency to help everyone get the care they need.

Wayne Darch, SWASFT Assistant Director of Operations (EPRR and Specialist Practice), said: “We are honoured to be supporting the safe delivery of the G7 summit by providing frontline colleagues, as well as strategic and tactical assistance.

“We deal with increased pressure on our service regularly, and we are confident of maintaining a safe and effective service to our patients during the summit.

“Please think twice before calling 999 for an ambulance, and make appropriate use of other healthcare providers such as NHS 111.”

Anyone should call 999 for an ambulance or visit A&E in a medical emergency. This is when someone is seriously ill or injured, and their life is at risk. For example: if someone has stopped breathing, is unconscious or has serious bleeding.

Those with non-life threatening but urgent medical problems should contact NHS 111 online or by phone. For example, broken or fractured bones, sprains, or burns.

They should not attend a minor injury unit (MIU), or urgent treatment centre (UTC) without contacting 111 first.

Anyone who needs non-urgent healthcare or advice should contact their registered GP surgery, and visitors to Cornwall are reminded to bring any regular medication.

Inappropriate use of NHS services puts unnecessary additional pressure on limited resources, and can delay care for those most in need.


  1. The UK assumed responsibility for the G7 Presidency in 2021. As part of this, Prime Minister Boris Johnson chose to host the main G7 leaders’ summit in Cornwall between 11 and 13 June.
  1. World leaders from the G7 – the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Africa and the US, will gather in Carbis Bay and St Ives to discuss global challenges such as the economy, defeating and building back from coronavirus, trade, green technology and the environment. They will be joined by the leaders of Australia, India, South Korea and the EU who will attend as guests.
  1. Public Health England will be putting strict Covid-secure measures in place, including daily testing, to ensure the health and wellbeing of all staff, attendees and the public. All domestic Covid-19 guidelines will be in force throughout the meeting, including social distancing measures.
  1. SWASFT treats almost half of its patients over the phone or at the scene of incidents, without needing to take them to hospital.
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