St Mary’s Hospital Contract Goes To NHS Consortium

hospital 4Services at St Mary’s Hospital won’t be put into the hands of a private sector supplier when the current contract with Peninsula Community Health ends on 1st April.

That follows the announcement yesterday that a group of NHS providers is the preferred bidder to take over the running of the hospitals in the region.

PCH, which has operated St Mary’s and 13 other hospitals in Cornwall since 2011, said in July that they couldn’t continue because there isn’t enough money on offer.

A local NHS consortium including Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and the Kernow Health Community Interest Company, will provide the service.

Dr Iain Chorlton, Chairman at NHS Kernow, said they were impressed by how the consortium’s proposals aligned closely with their own plans to join up health and social care in the region.

And he said, “The name above the door may be changing, but the adult community services people rely on will still be available. Patients will continue to receive the same safe, high quality services, by the same experienced staff.”

Dr Chorlton thanked staff at Peninsula Community Health for their dedication and professionalism and said he looked forward to a smooth and seamless transfer of services to the new provider.

Back in January PCH received a ‘good’ rating across the majority of its services in a Care Quality Commission report.

Good practice here on the islands was highlighted, including the recent appointment of a Dementia Champion to reduce injury to patients living at home and the use of telemedicine to avoid having to travel to mainland clinics.