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Fowey Community Hospital

The Fowey community services project covers 5 GP surgeries. These have a registered population of 59,515 people.

GP surgeries

  • Fowey River Practice
  • Lostwithiel Medical Practice
  • Mevagissey Surgery
  • Middleway Surgery
  • St Austell Healthcare

After the workshop held on 23 April 2019, we were asked to reduce the area of focus covered by the following 3 GP surgeries. This is because the residents felt the above was a more natural community.

The practices have a registered population of around 19,500. 8,000 are registered with Fowey GP practice.

  • Fowey River Practice
  • Lostwithiel Medical Practice
  • Middleway Surgery

About Fowey Community Hospital

Fowey Community Hospital is owned by NHS Property Services, and leased to Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT). CFT which provides hospital services.

The hospital’s minor injury unit (MIU) closed in 2015. This was due to low use and concerns about maintaining adequate staff skills. There were 59 attendances in the 12 months before it closed. When someone attended the MIU, the ward staff were required to attend. Fowey surgery now provides a minor injury service.

In March 2016 the inpatient beds were reduced from 10 to 6. This was due to fire safety concerns. The remaining inpatient beds temporarily closed in August 2016. This was because of infection control concerns about the building’s condition. 130 people were admitted to an inpatient bed in the previous 12 months.

CFT has since talked to a range of people about the type of support most beneficial to the community. As part of this work, the lack of local care home provision was identified. Work was undertaken to review the potential to redevelop the hospital site as a 30 bed nursing home. Fowey Parish Council discussed this at a meeting in April 2018.

Useful documents

Workshop minutes

Workshop slides

Frequently asked questions

How does Polruan link in?

The catchment area for this work includes the area covered by Fowey, Lostwithiel and Middleway GP surgeries. The practices have a registered population of around 19,500 people. 8,000 are registered with Fowey GP practice. Fowey River practice has branch practices in Polruan and Par. The population needs of Polruan will therefore be included.

Can we use the hospital for co-location?

All potential options for the future use of Fowey Community Hospital will be explored as part of this process. Each option will then be evaluated against agreed criteria.

Would a nursing home be the right thing for residents?

All potential options for the future use of Fowey Community Hospital will be explored as part of this process. Each option will then be evaluated against a list of agreed criteria. Workshop 2 will explore the care home proposal in more detail.

Would love to see a walk-in urgent clinic that would take the burden off the acute hospital, what can surgeries offer?

Fowey GP practice is contracted to provide a minor injury service from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6.30pm. Individuals registered with the practice can also book GP, blood test appointments and prescriptions online. All 3 local practices (Fowey, Middleway, and Lostwithiel) offer pre-bookable weekend telephone appointments. This means that there is always a surgery open for 4 hours on Saturday, and 5 hours on Sunday.

The surgeries also allow some dedicated time to provide care homes with telephone support. This is to reduce the chance of avoidable weekend admissions. The surgeries are working with NHS Kernow towards the future provision of a same day service. This may include a walk in provision.

How many beds are there in nursing and residential homes and how many staff vacancies are there?

There are 250 care home beds covering Fowey, Lostwithiel and Middleway GP surgeries. These are provided across 8 care homes. They represent 4.8% of all care home beds within Cornwall. There is no single record of all care home staff vacancies. We therefore do not have access to that information.

What data do we have on care home bed occupancy and numbers receiving Carers’ Allowance or other benefits?

Care home bed occupancy data changes daily.

We have some key information that includes people who are resident in Fowey, Lostwithiel, Middleway, St Austell and Mevagissey.

This tells us that:

  1. 23% of people have a limiting long-term condition. This compares with 18% across England.
  2. 1,275 adults of working age (3.7%) claim mental health-related benefits. The England average is 2.7%.
  3. 1,725 people older than 65 (11.3%) have attendance allowance.
  4. 6,470 pensionable households (27%). Higher than England average of 20.7% of population.
  5. 6,624 people provide unpaid care, which is higher than the England average.
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