The county needs little introduction being the most popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom. No location in Cornwall is far from the sea and it is the wonderful coastline that is the main attraction for visitors. The North coast with its dramatic cliffs and surfing beaches contrasts with the sheltered coves, fishing villages and gentle river estuaries on the South coast. The climate is very mild so we go on enjoying our wonderful landscape even in the winter when the visitors have left.
The county is largely rural and most general practices are based in Cornwall’s small towns with patients spread into the surrounding areas. The county still has several community hospitals with GP beds. Our training practices extend from Penzance in the west to Boscastle in the North East. Most have a very long tradition of training new GPs and trainees will find themselves warmly welcomed by patients and staff.
Cornwall’s main administrative centre is the City of Truro. The Royal Cornwall Hospital is located here and provides the full range of secondary care services for the county. Most of the scheme’s hospital posts are based in Truro and most trainees make it their base initially. There are also secondary care posts in Redruth, Penzance and St Austell.
The VTS team are based at the Postgraduate Centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and most of our Wednesday educational sessions are held there. Whenever possible we have our educational sessions outside in the sunshine and on residential and away days we make full use of Cornwall’s wonderful coastal locations.