Frequently asked questions

Questions raised during the conversations:

  1. How does Polruan link in?
  2. Can we use the hospital for co-location?
  3. 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?
  4. Would love to see a ‘walk-in’ urgent clinic that would take the burden off the acute hospital – what can surgeries offer?
  5. How many beds are there in nursing and residential homes and how many staff vacancies are there?
  6. What data do we have on care home bed occupancy and numbers receiving Carers’ Allowance or other benefits?

1. 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.

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2. 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.

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3. 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 two will explore the care home proposal in more detail.

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4. ‘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 three 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 four hours on Saturday, and five 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.

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5. 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 percent 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.

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6. 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 percent of people have a limiting long-term condition, compared with 18 percent across England.

  • 1,275 adults of working age (3.7 percent) claim mental health-related benefits. England average is 2.7 percent.
  • 1,725 people older than 65 (11.3 percent) have attendance allowance.
  • 6,470 pensionable households – 27 percent and higher than England average of 20.7 percent of population.
  • 6,624 people are providing unpaid care – higher than England average.

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