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Hospital to shut "temporarily"

By CMCherie  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

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A West Cornwall community hospital is set to temporarily shut its doors.

Poltair Hospital, in Madron near Penzance, will close its doors and redeploy staff to nearby hospitals struggling to fill gaps in employment.

The move has been described as "regrettable" but necessary. The hospital is now said to be consulting with affected patients and their relatives to ensure their medical needs continue to be met.

"We

have reached the position where we have so few patients in Poltair at the

moment that it makes sense to use the staff capacity we have to strengthen

other sites," said Kevin Baber, Chief Executive of Peninsula Community Health, the

provider of NHS community health services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

"We

are doing our best to recruit staff to our sites across Cornwall and the Isles

of Scilly and now plan to take our recruitment drive national to bring people

in from outside of the county if necessary to get our teams back to full

strength.

"The

temporary closure of any community hospital is regrettable but it makes sense

to maximise bed availability in the west by concentrating resources on our

other sites to ensure those beds can remain safely staffed and available."

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  • Trecurnow  |  October 04 2012, 8:45PM

    Wesy Cornwall Hospital next - followed by St Michaels?

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  • annewaters  |  October 04 2012, 6:25PM

    This must be once again the first step to closing the hospital forever,disgusting

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