Isle of Wight health

If you are interested in news from the Isle of Wight NHS, this is the place to find it. We cover details of policy, staffing, medical interest and more.

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New team in place to help individuals and communities

Image: (L-R) Steve, Adam and Rich

A new team working to provide person-to-person support for individuals and families is already making a difference in areas of the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 24th November, 2015 1:28pm

By Andy Hollebon with 4 readers' comments

Cash boost for Hospital Friends thanks to legacies

June Badger and Mr Nicholson

Almost £69,000 has been left to the Friends of St Mary's Hospital from two legacies.

Tuesday, 24th November, 2015 8:03am

By George Chastney with one comment

St Mary’s makes plans ahead of junior doctor strike action

nhs strike

98% of those junior doctors who took part in national ballot voted in favour of full industrial action in December.

Monday, 23rd November, 2015 4:43pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Don’t ignore the symptoms of lung cancer urges Isle of Wight nurse

cough poster

On average, Macmillan Cancer Support estimate 122 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer every day in the UK. New campaign urges the public to be aware of the symptoms.

Monday, 23rd November, 2015 9:57am

By Andy Hollebon

Local treatment for Hepatitis C patients a first for the Island

St Mary's cone top by Auntie P

People diagnosed with Hepatitis C virus are now able to receive treatment locally without the need to travel to Southampton for care.

Thursday, 19th November, 2015 5:04pm

By Sally Perry

These UK male suicide figures are terrifying. We need to talk about them

Suicide prevention

Every life lost to suicide is a life that could be saved. A staggering 42% of men ages 18-45 said they had considered suicide, so thank goodness that for the first time, the subject of male suicide will be debated in Parliament today. Here are details of who can help.

Thursday, 19th November, 2015 11:54am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight Care sector: ‘Business as usual’ can’t continue say Healthwatch

Nursing home

Watchdog says the Isle of Wight being ranked the worst in the country for care quality, mirrors their reflection that many vulnerable people on the Island are not receiving the care they need and deserve.

Thursday, 12th November, 2015 3:16pm

By Nikki Stewart with 10 readers' comments

2,500 Islanders on waiting list for surgery

St Mary's Hospital cone by Auntie P

Island patients are being urged to broaden their choice of hospital for ‘non urgent’ General Surgery, Urology & Orthopaedics to receive treatment more quickly.

Thursday, 12th November, 2015 10:14am

By Andy Hollebon with 21 readers' comments

Free event to help West Wight residents lead a full life

Elderly women

Taking place at 19th November, the roadshow is the latest is a series of such events organised as part of the My Life a Full Life programme.

Thursday, 12th November, 2015 8:37am

By Andy Hollebon with one comment

Nurse expert leading the way in the care of our elderly

Diane Goring

A Nurse Manager at St. Mary’s Hospital has become a nurse fellow in the holistic care of older people.

Friday, 6th November, 2015 10:30am

By Andy Hollebon

Isle of Wight health service recognised for supporting breastfeeding

Breast feeding statue

Isle of Wight NHS Trust is celebrating after achieving Stage 1 of the Baby Friendly Initiative, which recognises excellent standards in encouraging and supporting breastfeeding.

Wednesday, 4th November, 2015 1:40pm

By Jo Cram

Set your crutches free (give them back to the NHS)

Piggy bank and crutches

There is a shortage of crutches in the Isle of Wight health service. Were you given some that you don't need anymore? If so please return them asap.

Tuesday, 3rd November, 2015 4:17pm

By Jo Cram with 2 readers' comments