WORKFORCE: Peninsula Community Health has suspended new admissions to one of its community hospitals due to staff shortages.

The closure happened just a week after the community interest company took over the provision of adult community services from NHS Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on 1 October. The eight inpatients currently in the hospital will not be discharged and outpatient clinics will continue to run.

In a statement, the provider said there was a serious shortage of qualified nursing staff due to a combination of vacancies currently being recruited for and sickness, both short-term and long-term.

The statment continued: “Senior management has been working with local staff to resume a normal service as soon as possible.

“In order to maintain continuity of care we are looking at block booking a number of staff from both contingent workforce and agency until such time as staffing levels return to normal.”