Hospital will fully reopen next month
LAUNCESTON Community Hospital is to fully reopen in November.
The hospital partially reopened in April after extensive work, including replacing the boiler and updating the water system. It had been closed in February by Peninsula Community Health after the dangerous legionella bacteria was found in the water system.
North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson has been working with local people, Launceston's Lib Dem councillors and Launceston Town Council to fully reopen the hospital as soon as possible.
"This is great news for Launceston and for the surrounding areas – it is a welcome commitment to the future of the hospital after months of speculation about whether all the beds would be brought back into use," said Mr Rogerson.
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He met the new chief executive of Peninsula Community Health last week and welcomed their commitment to fully reopening the hospital.
Launceston's Cornwall councillors – Adam Paynter, Alex Folkes and Jade Farrington – have been meeting NHS representatives to make the case for better medical services in the town.
Ms Farrington, whose ward covers the hospital, said: "It has taken far too long but we welcome the planned reopening of the beds on November 10 and hope this will alleviate local people's worries that the hospital was seeing its services cut and being marked for closure.
"As our town's population grows and people live longer there is an ever-increasing need for improved medical facilities right here in Launceston. We will continue to work with Dan Rogerson to fight for more clinics and services to be run from the hospital, and for the swift expansion of Launceston Medical Centre."