NHS Kernow is seeking the views of the wider community as part of next steps regarding the future use of Edward Hain community hospital.
The clinical commissioning group has been working with the local community since January 2019, to identify and review options in relation to the future of Edward Hain community hospital in St Ives based on the needs of its communities.
Edward Hain community hospital’s 12 inpatient beds were temporarily closed in February 2016 due to fire safety concerns, with some outpatient podiatry and community mental health clinics still operating from the site.
The Edward Hain community stakeholder group, made up of groups such as the Edward Hain League of Friends and people who use and work in health and social care and residents, has now concluded its work to develop and appraise the identified options for health and care provision at Edward Hain community hospital. After careful consideration, the group determined there was only one option which should be fully evaluated. This was to reinstate the 12 inpatient reablement beds and continue with existing community clinics in a fire safety compliant and refurbished building at Edward Hain community hospital.
This shortlisted option was fully evaluated by a panel made up of representatives of the local community alongside experts working across health and care. The evaluation process and the criteria and scoring system to evaluate the option was developed and agreed with the community stakeholder group. The evaluation panel reached the conclusion that this option is unviable because the minimum scores for safety, financial affordability and financial sustainability were not met. Other criteria such as workforce, deliverability, impact and environment were also considered as part of the evaluation and scored low.
Dr Neil Walden, Edward Hain clinical lead, said: “This work has taken place in partnership with the community since the beginning and in the spirit and commitment to this ethos we want it to continue before any final decision is taken.
“The work completed with the community stakeholder group so far has found that Edward Hain community hospital is no longer the best place for us to provide health and care. Our next step, in line with our promise to engage openly and transparently, is to seek the views of the wider community on this recommendation. This will provide everyone with the opportunity to comment and provide feedback ahead of this work coming to a conclusion.”
We are asking the public to tell us:
- If Edward Hain Community Hospital was not available, how would this affect you, your friends, family and community, and what might help with any concerns you have?
- If we moved the podiatry clinics from Edward Hain Community Hospital to another location in St Ives, how would this affect you, and what might help with any concerns you have?
- If we moved the mental health clinics from Edward Hain Community Hospital to another location in St Ives, how would this affect you, and what might help with any concerns you have?
- Do you have any ideas about how we can continue to improve health and care services or access to these in Penwith and St Ives?
The further engagement, led by NHS Kernow in partnership with our health and care system partners, will take place over four weeks starting from Wednesday 7 October and ending on midnight on Wednesday 4 November. The feedback from this engagement will help the Governing Body to reach an informed decision later in the year about the future of the hospital. There are a number of ways people can share your views with us, including during a virtual public meeting being held on 22 October via Microsoft Teams at 5.30pm.
For more information about how to share your views with us, or to learn more about the community engagement work that has taken place as part of this project so far, please visit our dedicated Edward Hain engagement webpage here: www.kernowccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/engagement/integrated-community-services-plans/edward-hain-community-hospital/