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Hospital Bed Closures

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:27am 9th July 2013

The new man in charge of Cornwall's community hospitals tells Pirate FM he cannot rule out more bed closures.

Peninsula Community Health had shut around 20 at Poltair in Penzance.

Plus in the last few months, Treliske has struggled to cope with a rise in emergency admissions and bed blocking.

Chief Exec of PCH Steve Jenkin wants more patients to be treated at home: "I think most people would actually say I'd rather be cared for in my own home but there are times that people have to come into hospital. What's important is that we make those length of stays as short as possible and support people to go back home.

"Currently we provide around about three hundred beds at any one time. What we want to do is ensure that we provide the optimum number of beds to serve the population. We do want to support people in their own homes, but we will continue to provide hospital beds."

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