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Cancelled Op Fears Over Hospital Closure Plan
10:52am 9th December 2013
(Updated 10:52am 9th December 2013)
Campaigners fear closing a Cornish hospital could lead to more cancelled operations and delays at Treliske.
A public consultation is starting on the future of Poltair after Pirate FM revealed two of the five options could mean it shuts completely.
Bosses from NHS Kernow insist ten beds being closed in Penzance has not made things worse at the Royal Cornwall.
Janice Bragg from Praa Sands had to wait in an ambulance after being taken in with chest pains and she is not so sure.
She told Pirate FM: "I had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance and the driver was telling me then that sometimes there were six ambulances sitting outside the A&E to take the patients in.
"They do need somewhere to take the patients. They're saying about older patients taking up beds because there's nobody at home to take care of them and there's nowhere else to put them. Poltair is a perfect place for that."
MP Andrew George has already told Pirate FM he believes the hospital will close - and that local people are being "massaged into submission." He said: "To say that, somehow, we can manage with beds out at nursing homes and hopefully patients will go to Helston Community hospital and Edward Hain in St Ives is really going forward on a wing and a prayer and is not satisfactory when you are managing health services.
"I'd like to see a broader picture of where a rising population with increasing numbers of older people are going to have their medical needs managed in future with what appears to be fewer community hospital beds."
Marazion GP Dr Neil Walden is leading the consultation process. He told Pirate FM: "There is nothing that we've been able to find in the work on the beds that have been closed at Poltair to show that there has been a major impact on services.
"The issues are complex and they are ones that our organisations are working together actively to solve.
"It's not so much about numbers of beds in community hospitals. It's about ensuring appropriate care in appropriate places for patients in a safe manner. That's what we're working on in this consultation."
He declined to tell Pirate FM whether Treliske agreed with his assessment over community beds.10:52am 9th December 2013
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