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Bowman low secure unit

Bowman is a psychiatric low secure unit 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 2 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 and access to:

  • a gym
  • recreation room with a pool table
  • bicycles
  • kayaks
  • 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 everyday 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

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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.