Contact Information

Telephone Number: 01208 251439

Bowman Low Secure Unit

Bowman is a psychiatric low secure unit (LSU) with a focus on rehabilitation and recovery. It provides treatment and care for up to 12 men aged 18 and over.

Bowman provides a homely environment for men who can be residents for up to two years. All the patients have severe and long-term mental healthcare. They will often have been treated in units outside Cornwall and admission to Bowman brings them into closer contact with their family and friends.

Patients on Bowman have their own en-suite bedroom. Patients also have their own gym; a recreation room with a pool table; access to bicycles and kayacks as well as a therapeutic garden.

The focus of our staff is to prove treatment, therapy and life skills to help prepare the men to live outside a psychiatric unit. To help achieve this, we have forged strong links with the local community allowing the men to participate in a selection of every day social activities.

We are very proud that a number of patients have enrolled on courses run by some of our local colleges. Some have gone on to further education while others are in employment.

Bowman works very closely with our rehabilitation service, Fettle House and our psychiatric intensive care unit, Harvest.


Visiting a patient in our community hospitals (updated in July 2020)

With immediate effect, we have made some small changes to our visiting arrangements. The key change is that one close family member can be given permission to visit a person who is COVID-19 positive in an end of life situation.

These updated visiting arrangements will apply to all acute and community hospitals across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly:

  • end of life (including where a patient is COVID-19 positive) – one close family member
  • children and neonatal unit – one parent/carer at any one time
  • maternity – one birth partner only.

Relatives wishing to visit in any end of life circumstances must contact the ward for permission. If the patient being visited is Covid-19 positive, the ward leader/nurse in charge will need to get authorisation from:

  • one person from their Care Group Triumvirate and 1 person from the Corporate Triumvirate (Director of Nursing, Medical Director, Chief Operating Officer) – during core hours (9-5)
  • The On-Call Manager and the On-Call Executive Director – out of hours

Whilst visitors will come at their own risk, they must be risk assessed before visiting and given appropriate advice. Visitors must be asked to sign the guidance and risk assessment (attached below) when they arrive on the ward.

Visitors will be required to wear appropriate PPE at all times, whether or not the person they are visiting has COVID-19. They must all be given advice about social distancing, handwashing and risks associated with the removal of gloves to hold hands.

Visitor Information Form July 2020

Please telephone the ward on: 01208 251439

Car Parking

It is free to park at the hospital. The Link car park offers easy access to the ward and includes disabled parking spaces.


Referrals to the unit are usually made by a professional within the psychiatric service. The very specialist nature of the unit means it is unable to take self-referrals or referrals from GPs.