Fowey Community Hospital, Fowey

Fowey Community Hospital

The Fowey community services project originally covered the following five GP surgeries, which have a registered population of 59,515 people. 

  1. Fowey River Practice
  2. Lostwithiel Medical Practice
  3. Mevagissey Surgery
  4. Middleway Surgery
  5. St Austell Healthcare

Following the workshop held on 23 April 2019, it was requested that we narrow our catchment area for the project to include the area covered by the following three GP surgeries which have a registered population of around 19,500 of which 8,000 are registered with Fowey GP practice.

  1. Fowey River Practice
  2. Lostwithiel Medical Practice
  3. Middleway Surgery

This is because the local residents felt the above was a more ‘natural community’ and that the community requested their needs were recognised at this geographical footprint.

About Fowey Community Hospital

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

The hospital’s minor injury unit (MIU) closed in 2015 due to low use and subsequent concerns about maintaining appropriately trained staffing levels. There were 59 attendances at the MIU in the 12 months before it closed. When someone attended the MIU, the ward staff were required to attend. Fowey surgery provides a minor injuries service.

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

CFT has since been talking to a range of people about the type of support which would be most beneficial to community. As part of this work, the lack of care home provision locally was identified. As part of this work, initial scoping exercises were undertaken regarding the potential to redevelop the hospital site as a 30 bed nursing home. This was discussed at the Fowey Parish Council meeting in April 2018.

Fowey Integrated Community Services


Supporting documents 

Workshop minutes

Workshop slides