A hospital in Saltash is having to close again as it has not been able to recruit enough staff to keep it open.
St Barnabas Hospital will be temporarily closing the Minor Injury Unit and staff will be moved to Liskeard Hospital for three months while further recruitment efforts continue.
Admissions into the unit have been dwindling, with an average of only 42 people a month using it between August and November of last year.
In contrast, Liskeard Hospital 14 miles away saw 1,023 on average per month in the same time scale.
The inpatient ward at the St Barnabas closed for the same reason back in 2010 and in November of 2014, the MIU temporarily closed for nine months after two long serving members of staff retired.
A review of staffing at all Cornwall’s community hospitals by Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, who took over responsibility for St Barnabas in April 2016, found that Liskeard Hospital and Liskeard MIU have also had challenges recruiting registered nurses.