Edward Hain was, along with all other Cornish and Scilly hospitals, operated by Peninsula Community Health until April 2016 when it was transferred to the Cornwall Partnership Foundation trust (CPFT). The building is owned by NHS Property Services.
A standard fire safety review resulted in the hospital being closed to in-patient services. The beds were closed and patients and staff transferred to other community hospitals (mainly Helston and Camborne-Redruth).
The CPFT identifies further work as necessary for the safe evacuation of patients but cannot pay for it as their contract only has a year to run.
Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (KCCG) are responsible for services, not capital expenditure and are unwilling to spend money on the building until they have established the community bed needs of Cornwall and Scilly.
NHS Property Services agree £213,000 of work as their responsibility; the League of Friends have offered £600,000 toward the total £1.1 million cost of repairs.
4th April, 2017
The KCCG announce that a firm decision on Edward Hain will not be made until the publication of the ‘Shaping the Future’ document (the Sustainability and Transformation Plan) which has been delayed until the end of 2017.
9th September, 2017
Derek attends meeting to discuss Edward Hain Hospital with NHS Property Services.
19th October, 2017
Derek hosts first meeting of working group looking at Edward Hain Hospital and Health and Social Care provision in St Ives.
21st October, 2017
600 people in their dressing gowns rally for silent ‘Hands Across the Harbour’ event highlighting the ongoing closure of beds at Edward Hain Hospital.
21st November, 2017
Derek meets Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to discuss how Edward Hain community beds can be re-opened as soon as possible.
30th November, 2017
Second meeting of working group. Derek said he was “optimistic that progress is being made”. “For the first time we now have everyone, including representatives of local campaign groups, talking constructively around the table,” he said.
“We are exploring every opportunity to reopen the beds to assist with the delayed transfer of care at RCHT and, to support this effort, I have raised this priority directly with Jeremy Hunt. There’s no doubt that the Hands around the Harbour event has helped to bring people together to focus on the need for adequate and sustainable health and care provision in the West of Cornwall.”
30th November, 2017
Health Secretary Philip Dunne hosts meeting with Cornish MPs and senior Cornish NHS managers to discuss the Cornish health system.
2nd December, 2017
St Ives mayor Suzanne Tanner hands over dozens of letters in support of the reopening of beds at Edward Hain to Derek.
Derek Thomas: “I believe Edward Hain could and should reopen as a local health and care centre for St Ives and Hayle to include community beds. Every avenue is being explored to find a way forward.”
22nd February, 2018
The third meeting of the group set up by West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas and Cornwall councillor, Richard Robinson to facilitate the reopening of the St Ives hospital, head that a feasibility study to consider all options for Edward Hain is set to be undertaken this Spring including how to address the challenges facing patients and medical staff in accessing and providing treatment.
Consideration was given to whether parts of the hospital could be used to provide accommodation for nursing and healthcare staff, recognising the particular challenges of housing in St Ives.
An extension to the rear of the building, an idea first proposed by the former Friends of Edward Hain Memorial Hospital Chairman Chris Cocklin, who died recently, was also discussed.
To this end, Phil Confue, CEO of CPFT (Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust), offered to engage architects specialising in working on healthcare sector buildings for a scoping exercise.
Mr Confue’s offer came in the wake of concerns that the existing building, even with necessary fire and safety works completed, would still not be particularly well suited to housing hospital beds given the ever higher standards that are expected of healthcare facilities in the 21st century.