Edward Hain hospital: replacement beds will be in Penzance, they will be private sector, and they should be ready in four weeks

Posted By on 14th January 2021

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs have provided some information about the new community beds they hope to use in place of the closed Edward Hain hospital, St Ives. NHS…


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  1. Renting beds in Polwithen House Penzance – a private nursing home – provides nursing care. It does not provide facilities for rehabilitation/ reablement to help patients go home safely from acute hospitals, as Edward Hain Hospital did.
    Intense physiotherapy & occupational therapy is essential in any setting for rehabilitation/reablement, with appropiate safe equipment & privacy, to get patients mobile,
    self -caring & confident again as quickly as possible.
    Nursing homes do not provide the level of reablement/rehabilitation required.
    The Polwithen House planning application to Cornwall Council for an extension (PA20/09257) has not even been granted yet (15/01/21).
    In these plans there are no facilities to provide rehabilitation/reablement eg: no physiotherapy gym area or occupational therapy practice kitchen. There does not even seem to be a lift to the top floor.
    Has NHS Kernow looked at the details of what it has commisioned?
    For further details please refer to: westcornwallhealthwatch.com

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