A GP surgery near Falmouth has made changes to protect patients from the risk of coronavirus.

The Friends of Constantine Surgery has paid for a £12,000 portable building to be put in the car park of the Bowling Green surgery, for use as external consulting rooms.

It means doctors and other clinical staff can carry out their patient consultations and procedures whilst removing the risk to the main surgery building, whilst also allowing the dispensary and other aspects of the surgery to continue to operate efficiently.

The government has currently lifted planning restrictions to allow for such facilities to be created without the need for an extended application process.

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James Agnew, chair of the Friends of Constantine Surgery said: “Due to the extraordinary support and generosity over many years, from the community of Constantine and others, we are able to help the surgery with those items that are not a statutory duty of the NHS.

"We cannot start to thank the members of staff for their unstinting service to this community in these uncertain times.”

Dr David Roberts welcomed the arrival of the building, saying: "The portacabin provides a safe environment to see our patients and to carry on providing healthcare at the highest level with minimum risk. It is a huge asset to the surgery and the village community.

"We are very grateful to the Friends of the Surgery for raising the funds and purchasing the portacabin during these uncertain times."