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 (updated January 2021)

Due to the current increase in cases nationally and locally, we urgently need to reduce the number of people coming to our hospitals.

We have therefore taken the decision to restrict visiting unless:

  • A person is receiving end of life care, regardless of their covid status
  • Are visiting a child – one parent
  • Is in the person’s best clinical interests and agreed in line with our internal processes

If you are visiting in one of these circumstances, please arrange this with us first. We will ask you to sign a risk assessment. We will provide you with personal protective equipment.

We know you will want to stay in touch while your relative or friend is in hospital. Patients are able to use their own or one of our mobile devices to telephone, video call or message.

Please bear in mind the confidentiality of other patients when you do this.

Our ward staff should be able to help you to stay in touch using a mobile device. You can also contact or arrange to send messages via our patient experience team by calling 01208 834620 or emailing

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.