Fowey Community Hospital

The Fowey community services project covers 5 GP surgeries, which have a registered population of 59,515 people and Fowey Community Hospital.

GP surgeries

  • Fowey River Practice
  • Lostwithiel Medical Practice
  • Mevagissey Surgery
  • Middleway Surgery
  • 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 3 GP surgeries which have a registered population of around 19,500 of which 8,000 are registered with Fowey GP practice.

  • Fowey River Practice
  • Lostwithiel Medical Practice
  • 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 6 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.

Useful documents, workshop minutes and workshop slides

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 which have a registered population of around 19,500 people, of which 8,000 are registered with Fowey GP practice. Fowey River practice has branch practices in Polruan and Par and so the population needs of Polruan will be included in this work.

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 engagement process. Each option will then be evaluated against a list of agreed evaluation criteria.

There have been discussions about a nursing home and that will be on the list of options – would that be the right thing for residents?

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

Improving access to general practice. 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 injuries 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) work together to ensure there are pre-bookable (via telephone) appointments at the weekend. 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 to reduce the chance of avoidable weekend admissions. The surgeries are working together with NHS Kernow towards the future provision of a same day service which may include a walk in provision if the need dictates.

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

There are 250 care home beds covering the catchment area covered by Fowey, Lostwithiel and Middleway GP surgeries. These 250 beds are provided across eight care homes and represents 4.8% of all care home beds within Cornwall. There is no central point for keeping a record of all the staff vacancies across the individual nursing and residential care homes so we 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 on a daily basis. Health and social care teams receive the bed occupancy data on a daily basis to help with placement of individuals.

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

  • 23% of people have a limiting long-term condition, compared with 18% across England
  • 1,275 adults of working age (3.7%) claim mental health-related benefits, the England average is 2.7%
  • 1,725 people older than 65 (11.3%) have attendance allowance
  • 6,470 pensionable households – 27% and higher than England average of 20.7% of population
  • 6,624 people are providing unpaid care – higher than England average
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