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Dear patients, Please be advised we have started to trial a new appointment structure and telephone triage system:  with phone lines open from 08:10 hours in the morning from Monday to Thursday and from 08:30 hours on Fridays. 


If you are over 40 years old and have not had a Blood Pressure check within the last 5 years, please book an appointment with our healthcare assistant. 

Minor Injury Units are based at Camborne/ Redruth Hospital and Helston Community Hospital.

Camborne/Redruth Community Hospital has a Minor injuries and Illness Service.  It is open from 8am to 10pm,  seven days a week, including bank holidays. You do not need to book an appointment  to use the the Minor Injuries and Illness Service and parking is free.

There are x-ray facilities available at Camborne/Redruth Hospital.  To access the x-ray service you will need to be referred by your doctor who will provide you with a signed x-ray appointment card and advise you to telephone the x-ray department to book an appointment for your x-ray.  Appointments can be booked between 9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday; and noon to 6pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays. 

The West Cornwall Urgent Care Centre based at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance offers Doctor cover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  and treats the following conditions:

1. Minor Burns, scalds and injuries.

2. Simple fractures (legs, arms, ankles and wrists). 3. Cuts which require stitching.

4. Chest and urinary infections.

5. Minor falls.

Call NHS 111 for non-emergency health advice (click 'Call 111' blue triangle at the bottom of the page) 

or in case of an emergency 999

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Out of Hours
Call 'NHS 111' on 111.

The practice strives to meet the needs of all patients. All consultations are by appointment. We offer a mix of appointments, some bookable two weeks in advance, some available 48 hours and 24 hours in advance and we also have appointments available on the day.

We also offer an Improved Access Extended Hours Service especially for patients who are unable to attend during our normal surgery opening times.  Appointments with a Doctor, Health Care Assistant or Practice Nurse are available on Saturday mornings at Connor Downs by rota.  All Saturday appointments must be booked in advance by telephone or in person during our normal opening hours.

Home Visits
Where possible please try to come to the surgery. If you know you are going to need a visit please telephone in the morning. You will be asked to give a short explanation of the problem so that the doctor can be notified and decide how urgent your request is.

Clinical Research

Clinical Research at Praze Surgery

At our Connor Downs branch surgery we carry out a diverse range of clinical trials. These clinical trials are used to test and prove the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments. New drug products go through a lot of testing before they are officially launched for use. These tests with human participants are late on in the drug development process. They are split into four phases. With each phase, an increasing number of people are involved in the testing.


Phase I trials: Involve 20 – 80 people, to determine safe dosage, identify side effects and evaluate the treatment or drug’s safety.


Phase II trials: Further evaluation of treatment or drug’s effectiveness and safety on 100 – 300 people.


Phase III trials: Confirmation of effectiveness, comparison to other treatments, monitoring of side effects and safety data collection on thousands of people.


Phase IV trials: Post-approval studies of long term effects. Open to anyone seeking treatment.


Phase III and IV studies are those that we carry out at this surgery.




  • Access to treatment before it is widely available.
  • New treatments that may be more effective at treating your condition than those currently available.
  • Treatment is free.
  • Regular medical reviews of general health and issues specific to the treatment.
  • Protected appointment time with Doctor and Nurse.


  • You may receive a Placebo rather than the trial treatment.
  • Regular attendance at the surgery and tests (e.g. blood tests) may be required.
  • As with all drug treatments on the market, there may be side effects.




If we think you could benefit from these treatments you could be asked to participate in a study. Currently, Drs Fairle, Ellery and Sharp are qualified to refer patients into clinical trials. Some studies can be volunteered for. All clinical research is optional. We are very grateful for your participation as it is essential towards advances in treatment.


All patient data is securely stored on site. Transferred data is anonymised.

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