Edward Hain Community Hospital

I know how much Edward Hain Community Hospital is loved and supported. I was informed yesterday of some bed closures and have asked for accurate information so that we all know the truth.
Changes to healthcare provision can lead to misinformation that can lead to unnecessary concern and worry. I want to avoid this regarding Edward Hain Community Hospital if possible.
The statement I have received as follows in full:
“Following a proactive fire safety review on Friday a phased temporary suspension of the inpatient beds at Edward Hain Community Hospital in St Ives has begun to allow remedial works to take place.
Five of the 12 inpatient beds, which are currently unoccupied, have been temporarily suspended, and the other seven inpatient beds will gradually be suspended during next week.
Immediate mitigating measures have been put in place to assure the safety of the remaining patients, including the installation of additional smoke detectors, a revised evacuation plan and additional staff.
All other out-patient services operated by Peninsula Community Health (PCH) from the site will continue and patients should attend their booked appointments as normal.
PCH agreed to the temporary suspension of beds at the unit following a joint in-depth fire safety review with building owner NHS Property Services that highlighted concerns with fire safety measures.
NHS partners are now working together to minimise disruption to patients and their families pending further expert advice to address concerns.
Ally Hardman, PCH Locality Manager for the west, said: “We are now working with our health and social care partners and patients and their families to ensure that patients can continue to be cared for as close to home as possible. This will include additional beds being made temporarily available at Camborne Redruth Community Hospital.
“We are committed to putting patient safety at the heart of what we do by providing quality community healthcare services which meet the needs of the community and are working to ensure that the works cause as little disruption to our patients as possible. We’d like to thank the hospital’s League of Friends and the local community for their support during this time.”
Dr Iain Chorlton, Chairman at NHS Kernow, said: “We have been notified by NHS Property Services and PCH of a phased temporary closure of the inpatient beds at the site due to essential fire safety work.
“Partners in the local healthcare system are working closely to ensure that inpatients receive seamless high quality care elsewhere during this period. Patients and their families are being kept up to date on developments.
“The decision is as a direct response to the fire safety issues raised and our priority at present is to ensure the safety of patients at the hospital.”
A spokesman for NHS Property Services said: “Beds are only closed when absolutely necessary. We are appointing a specialist fire safety engineer who will advise on the remedial work needed so the beds can be reopened as soon as possible.”