What will happen to Poltair Hospital next?
PEOPLE in west Cornwall get the chance from Monday to have their say on the future of a hospital which has been shut for more than 13 months.
The closure of Poltair Hospital near Penzance last year was blamed on staffing problems at Peninsula Community Health (PCH), the company which runs it.
In October this year campaign group Health Initiative Cornwall demanded it be reopened after it emerged patients ready to be discharged from the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro were unable to leave because of a lack of community beds like those provided at Poltair.
Now NHS Kernow and PCH are beginning a two-month consultation about future provision of services, including Poltair's fate.
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A consultation document will be available from Monday from NHS Kernow, GP practices, libraries, council one-stop shops, from West Cornwall Hospital and at www. kernowccg.nhs.uk/poltair
Then on Wednesday, December 11, a public meeting will be held at St John's Hall in Penzance from 6pm to 7.30pm to give the public a chance to ask questions about the options set out in the document, with three drop-in sessions to follow, on:
Monday, December 16, at the WI Hall in Church Street, St Just.
Wednesday, January 8, at St Ives Leisure Centre.
Wednesday, January 15, in Committee Room 1 of the Cornwall Council one-stop shop in St Clare, Penzance.
All three sessions run from 4pm to 8pm.
A spokesman for NHS Kernow said the organisation's governing body was expected to make a decision in May after considering public comments.