Isle of Wight health

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‘A lot to be proud of’ but Southampton NHS Trust ‘requires improvement’ says inspector

Southampton General Hospital :

The Trust has a lot of to be proud of says the Inspector, but Southampton General Hospital is under pressure and needs to respond to the increasing demand for its services and address the areas for improvement

Thursday, 23rd April, 2015 7:23am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Unhappy with health service? Have your say in new Healthwatch NHS complaints survey

Elderly lady with nurse

The latest CQC inspection of IW NHS Trust found the Trust only responded to 47% of complaints between October 2013 and March 2014 within the 25 day target, or within agreed timescales.

Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015 7:29am

By Nikki Stewart with 9 readers' comments

Celebrate NHS Action Day at former hospital

Frank James Memorial Hospital - via Wikipedia

Why not pop over to the former Frank James Hospital in East Cowes on Saturday afternoon to see what the Friends have been up to and join in NHS Action Day celebrations.

Monday, 20th April, 2015 9:39am

By Tanja Rebel

Unable to make voice calls? Some people can contact 999 by SMS text

999 by text

Although launched in 2009 the vast majority of people don’t realise they can contact 999 from their mobile using the text service.

Friday, 17th April, 2015 11:00am

By Andy Hollebon

Avoid St Mary’s if you have diarrhoea and vomiting

Washing hands

Isle of Wight NHS Trust is concerned about the rise in reported cases of diarrhoea and vomiting (D&V) in the community and is issuing an important reminder for visitors and patients.

Tuesday, 14th April, 2015 4:21pm

By Andy Hollebon

Portrait exhibition by mental health patients

Painting by Brooke ENGLEDOW

Portrait therapy is found to be of great benefit to those suffering with Mental Health problems. Why not pop into the gallery at St Mary's next time you're nearby and check out the latest exhibition of work by patients at Seven Acres.

Tuesday, 14th April, 2015 8:51am

By Andy Hollebon with 2 readers' comments

Non urgent surgery for Tuesday 14th April postponed

St Mary's Hospital cone - close by Auntie P

Health services are experiencing sustained pressure, after a rise today in the number of patients attending the Emergency Department at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Monday, 13th April, 2015 6:57pm

By Andy Hollebon

​Green MEP calls for day of ‘free public transport’ to combat air pollution

Keith Taylor Green MEP with city and bus in background

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, is calling for public transport across South East England to be made free within cities and towns today (Friday) to combat the very extreme levels of air pollution that is expected across the region.

Friday, 10th April, 2015 8:59am

By Keith Taylor's Office with 19 readers' comments

Was spelling blunder on hospital sign an April Fool?

Ambluance parking only

It's the kind of sign that most people wouldn't look at twice, but one eagle-eyed Islander spotted this schoolboy error yesterday. Was it the IW NHS Trust's April Fool's prank?

Thursday, 2nd April, 2015 1:40pm

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

Green Party celebrate the birth of the NHS at 1940s tea party

Vix Lowthion and IW Green party 1940s tea party

The Isle of Wight Green Party prospective parliamentary candidate, Vix Lowthion, reminds us to "not forget what a fantastic institution the NHS is for everyone in our country today".

Tuesday, 31st March, 2015 11:20am

By Vix Lowthion with 53 readers' comments

Non-Executive Directors reappointed to NHS Trust Board

Non exec directors at IW NHS March 2015

Following the retirement of Non-Executive Director Sue Wadsworth, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, working with the Trust Development Authority (TDA), has moved quickly to fill this top level Board vacancy.

Monday, 30th March, 2015 8:15am

By Andy Hollebon with 3 readers' comments

Watchdog returns to St Mary’s to monitor patient experiences

Hospital corridor

Healthwatch have been back on several hospital wards at St Mary's to see monitor the good practice recommendations they made last year.

Thursday, 26th March, 2015 11:14am

By Nikki Stewart