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Penzance Hospital To Stay Closed For Longer

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:01am 17th February 2013

Pirate FM has learnt a Penzance hospital closed because of a staff shortage, will stay shut until April.

That is despite bosses recruiting more nurses to work at Poltair.

They say it is while a review takes place.

But health campaigners have warned it is putting other hospitals under pressure.

Graham Webster, Vice Chair of Health Initiative Cornwall, said: "Community beds are available, but they're up county, so as a result patients go into hospital where they've got no visitors. That doesn't help with rehabilitation of that patient, and to be able to get them back into an alternative place of care, or into their own home.

"We've got hospitals which are operating above the national standard which is considered for delivering safe, high quality care. But the figures also suggest to me, in fact we can't operate with the number of community hospital beds we've got closed at the moment."

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