“We’re grateful to the team at Penlee Lifeboat for donating the stunning picture of the lifeboat and for giving up their time to come along to our naming event. We’re proud of West Cornwall’s close ties with the local community – many of our staff have family members or close friends linked to the lifeboat – and it’s great have this lasting tribute at the hospital.”
The newly named Penlee Unit has been unveiled at West Cornwall Hospital at an event where staff were joined by current and former Penlee Lifeboat crew, including veterans Nim Bawden and Malvin McClary who served on the Solomon Browne, and members of the Hospital’s League of Friends.
To make a clearer distinction between the hospital’s Treatment Centre and recently designated Urgent Treatment Centre (formerly the Urgent Care Unit), the new name was the winner in a vote among hospital staff and celebrates the long-standing community links with the lifeboat. In years gone by, West Cornwall Hospital had direct ‘ship to shore’ contacts through the life boat service giving medical advice for on-board casualties and admitting them to the hospital when the needed bringing ashore. A wonderful archive of events going back to 1957 is still in safe keeping at West Cornwall and documents hundreds of incidents and notes made by doctors receiving calls. The Penlee Lifeboat crew has presented West Cornwall Hospital with a picture of its current lifeboat in action, which now takes pride of place in the Unit. West Cornwall Hospital Manager, Paul Sylvester said,