An important part of this work has been considering the role of Edward Hain Community Hospital. This has been something local people have been asking us about for some time. The work to consider the role of the hospital has concluded.
This work has told us the hospital is no longer able to provide health and care.
This document will describe how we have got to this point, and what permanently closing the hospital could mean for the community clinics that still operate from there.
No decision has yet been made as we now wish to check we have captured and responded to what this means for local people. This document will therefore tell you how you can have your say. It will also tell you how and when the decision will be made.
The work to improve the care and support we offer to Penwith residents is ongoing.
This document describes the work done to consider the role of Edward Hain Community Hospital in providing the right health and care support to people. This has involved us talking to people who live and work in Penwith.
Dr Neil Walden has worked as a local GP and is the clinical lead for this work. He helped us review Penwith services and the future of Edward Hain Community Hospital. He says that:
“Since January of 2019 it has been heartening to see the ideas and issues being brought to the health and care conversations on needs and services with our local stakeholders, staff and public.
“Building on previous workshops with local staff, volunteers, patients and carers we now feel we better understand people’s needs in our area.
“Some of the key messages include keeping care at home and close to home where safe to do so, as well as ensuring that if people need a stay in a bed their care is centred on their individual needs, wellbeing and ongoing independence, with the outcome where possible being a safe return to home.
“Your thoughts and comments will be gratefully received during this extended engagement. They will also help us to understand how the public can continue to be involved with local conversations. These conversations involve local health, care, voluntary sector and community teams and GPs in primary care. These teams work together in the Penwith Primary Care Network and the West Integrated Care Area. Your thoughts and comments will help these teams to continue to improve local services for our local communities.”
This report sets out our work to consider the future of Edward Hain Community Hospital taking into account all the other services available in the area. Lots of people have been involved in this project. They have given their time, views and ideas. These have helped us to understand local needs and how services are developing and responding to these. We called this group of people our ‘community stakeholder group’. They are people who live and work in the local area. The group also includes people from the hospital’s League of Friends, West Cornwall HealthWatch and people from patient participation groups. The group also includes local GPs, Cornwall and parish councillors, health and care and voluntary sector staff including staff who have worked in the hospital.
Together, we developed and evaluated potential options for use of the hospital. We discussed how each option could meet people’s health and care needs. We also discussed what role Edward Hain Community Hospital could have in delivering each option. Read more information about our engagement work.
The outcome of this work tells us that the hospital is no longer able to provide health and care. This means that it is not suitable to re-open the 12 inpatient beds.
This also means it is not suitable to continue to deliver the podiatry and mental health clinics that run there.
While the outcome was clear, a decision has not been made yet.
The evaluation found there to be lots of reasons why the hospital is no longer suitable for health and care provision.
We will now tell you a little bit more about this work.
Local health and care organisations have been working with people who live and work across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We have been talking about how to improve the way services work together. This is important. It will help people receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place and from the right person.
As part of this work, we have been talking to 3 communities about the future of their community hospital. We started this work in 2019. The 3 hospitals are Edward Hain Community Hospital, St Ives; St Barnabas Community Hospital, Saltash; and Fowey Community Hospital. None of these hospitals have provided inpatient care for several years because of fire and safety concerns.
We have worked with each town and the nearby area separately. People who live in each area have met with local health and care staff. This has helped us to understand what local people need and how each of the 3 hospitals could meet these needs.
This has helped us to understand local needs, where services work well and where we can improve.
While this work has taken place, health and care teams have improved and extended the services available locally. This is part of our commitment to provide as much care as we can in people’s homes or local community. The more we work in this way, the more we can help people to remain independent and healthy. This is 1 of our priorities so we think about it all the time. It helps us to decide how future health and care needs can be met.
NHS Kernow’s Governing Body will make the final decision at a meeting held in public. They will receive a report which summarises the work with people in St Ives and Penwith. It will reflect the feedback we receive by 4 November. They will use this information to make a final decision about the future of Edward Hain Community Hospital. The Governing Body includes a number of local GPs and lay people to ensure people are at the centre of our decision making. The Governing Body will meet on Tuesday 1 December 2020. Find out how to attend the December Governing Body meeting.