Isle of Wight health

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Immigration is not harming our NHS – it is keeping it running says Green candidate

Vix Lowthion - Green party Candidate - canvassing in Newport

Isle of Wight Green Party parliamentary candidate, Vix Lowthion, says the NHS would collapse without immigrants.

Wednesday, 4th March, 2015 2:01pm

By Vix Lowthion with 19 readers' comments

Sam’s case sparks campaign to improve communications between hospitals

Sam Farren at wedding

It took a social media campaign by two prominent Island authors to ensure their daughter was dealt with properly after a breakdown in communication between hospitals. They say they will continue to fight for all Islanders.

Friday, 27th February, 2015 12:48pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

A lifetime of giving, Nancy Ellacott will be sorely missed

Nancy Ellacott

Our thoughts are with Nancy's family and friends. Her contribution to Island life will be treasured by all those who came into contact with her.

Tuesday, 24th February, 2015 1:42pm

By Robert Jones with one comment

Promised surgery vanishes for desperately-ill Islander leaving her stuck on a ward for six days

Sam Farren in hospital bed - cropped

It's every parent's nightmare - Their child falls seriously ill, then the desperately-needed promised treatment vanishes.

Thursday, 19th February, 2015 1:41pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Police Commissioner welcomes work of Operation Serenity

Police cells

As a report reveals that people with mental health problems are up to ten times more likely to be the victims of crime than the general population, the work of Operation Serenity is praised by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Monday, 9th February, 2015 3:23pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Community beds at Solent Grange completely separate from ‘Inadequate’ care home say NHS

Hospital bed

The IW NHS Trust respond to the CQC Inadequate rating for Solent Grange Care Home, where they have set up 13 'in the community' beds to ease pressure at St Mary's.

Friday, 6th February, 2015 12:29pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

IW NHS Trust remain silent over Inadequate CQC rating at Solent Grange


We're not sure why, but the IW NHS Trust appear shy to give a statement on the Inadequate rating of a care home they're providing 13 'in the community beds' at

Thursday, 5th February, 2015 5:26pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

New hospice overnight suite and quiet room provides comfort for families

Family comfort room - hospice

A new overnight suite and quiet room has been created at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice to enable families to remain close to their loved ones at the end of their lives.

Wednesday, 4th February, 2015 11:50am

By Lisa Wardle

Care home IW NHS team up with for extra beds is rated as Inadequate by CQC

Elderly woman

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has told London Residential Health Care Limited that it must make urgent improvements at Solent Grange Nursing Home, Wootton, Isle of Wight.

Friday, 30th January, 2015 11:28am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight mental health and policing partnership highlighted by NHS Confederation

Police car at sevenacres

The Serenity project has prevented 60-70 police detentions of mental health over the last year and saved around £40,000 through prevention of admissions or cost of police deployment.

Tuesday, 27th January, 2015 2:35pm

By Andy Hollebon with one comment

Isle of Wight GP features in National Cancer Campaign

David Isaac

Local GP, David Isaac, is supporting the national ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign which is currently highlighting the need for people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the relatively unknown but increasingly common cancers of the gullet (oesophagus) and stomach.

Monday, 26th January, 2015 12:01am

By Andy Hollebon

Plans for coping with health and social care services through the Winter revealed

St Mary's Hospital cone - close by Auntie P

Island’s multi-agency group has put in place schemes to support health and social care services through the Winter

Thursday, 22nd January, 2015 4:31pm

By Andy Hollebon