When Edward Hain Community Hospital was open it also had 1 bed for people with drug and alcohol addiction. The treatment allowed for detoxification in a safe place. People across Cornwall were able to use this bed, as well as residents. The treatment is now provided at Helston Community Hospital.
Podiatry (providing care to people with foot, ankle and lower leg conditions) and community mental health clinics have remained at the hospital. The podiatry clinics are held on 2 days each week. The mental health clinics occur 1 morning a month.
During the peak of COVID-19, face to face clinics paused. Some people received their appointments by telephone. In August, face to face podiatry clinics started again.
Edward Hain Community Hospital, St Ives is in west Cornwall (Penwith). About 65,170 people live in Penwith.
There are 8 GP practices in Penwith. Together they make up a group of practices called the Penwith Primary Care Network (PCN).
We always try to improve our services. People now receive care which is more co-ordinated and closer to home. This work has helped us to decide how to improve health and care services in Penwith and St Ives.
We have made a lot of changes to meet people’s needs. These include:
Reablement services help people to regain their independence after an illness or injury. This will mean fewer people need to go to hospital. There are also more staff who work in the community.
We have also changed the way we use hospital beds. West Cornwall Hospital provides more rehabilitation (therapy to improve people’s independence). The hospital and community staff work closer together to help people’s recovery and shorten the time they spend in hospital.