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.


As part of our commitment to keep people safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 visiting has been suspended until further notice.

In exceptional circumstances, an immediate family member or carer will be permitted to visit:

  • if the person is receiving end of life care and is not COVID-19 positive
  • you are the parent or appropriate adult visiting a child
  • you are supporting someone with a mental health issues such as dementia where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed.

Please contact the ward in advance to discuss appropriate arrangements. We can help you by facilitating telephone or video calls as an alternative to visiting in person.

Everyone’s health, safety and wellbeing remain our absolute priority.  More information can be found here 

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.