Three Cornish cottage hospitals to close beds

Related Stories

A staffing crisis has forced bed closures at three of Cornwall's cottage hospital, the not-for-profit company which operates them has said.

Ten out of 20 beds at Launceston Hospital would close from November, Peninsula Community Health said.

Beds have also been shut in Falmouth and at Poltair in Penzance.

The company said jobs had been advertised, but some people failed to turn up for interviews and others took up other offers.

The company said the low staff levels were partly due to internal promotions, maternity leave and retirement.

A new recruitment drive is under way.

Managers added that the closures were only temporary, but could not say when the beds might reopen.

Peninsula Health Community runs 14 community hospitals in the county after taking over community health services last October.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Cornwall



11 °C 8 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Cartoon of women chatting on the metroChat wagon

    The interesting things you hear in a women-only carriage

  • Replica of a cargo boxSpecial delivery

    The man who posted himself to the other side of the world

  • Music scoreFinal score Watch

    Goodbye to NYC's last classical sheet music shop

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya'Emailgate'

    Hillary gets a taste of scrutiny that lies ahead

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Best in show

    BBC Autos takes a look at 10 of the most eye-catching new cars at the 2015 Geneva motor show


  • A cyborg cockroachClick Watch

    The cyborg cockroach – why has a computer been attached to this insect’s nervous system?

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.