Isle of Wight health

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Fifth of Isle of Wight claimants lose disability benefits under new system, figures show

radar - disabled door access

Figures reveal the number of people on the Isle of Wight receiving disability benefits who have had their payments stopped as part of the roll-out of a new system.

Tuesday, 18th December, 2018 11:06am

By Isabelle Kirk with one comment

Isle of Wight chemists: Christmas and New Year opening times

Pharmacy signs

Today (Friday) is the last day to order repeat prescriptions from your GP in order to ensure your order is fulfilled before Christmas. See also details of pharmacies that will be open over the festive period.

Friday, 14th December, 2018 8:41am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight NHS not sure how many fax machines they have ATM

fax machine

At the weekend, Matt Hancock MP, declared he would rid the NHS of fax machines by 2020, replacing them with the latest thing: email. OnTheWight finds out whether the Isle of Wight has 'Axed the Fax'.

Thursday, 13th December, 2018 7:52am

By Simon Perry with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council’s cross-Solent travel consultation slammed by campaign group

NHS poster simon wells

IOW Save Our NHS Group believe the consultation survey on scrapping cross-Solent travel for the most vulnerable is "flawed and that it is limited, leading and misleading" and say it has not been publicised widely enough by IWC.

Tuesday, 11th December, 2018 7:41am

By Christine Lightbody with 8 readers' comments

Rise in Isle of Wight depression diagnoses must be matched by improved services, says charity

depressed man

A mental health charity believes people are more likely to reach out for help and not feel ashamed, but the rise in demand must be matched by “much needed improvements to services”.

Monday, 10th December, 2018 4:36pm

By Ralph Blackburn with 4 readers' comments

Fall in vaccinations against cancer-causing HPV for Isle of Wight girls

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New figures show the proportion of girls on the Isle of Wight getting vaccinated against the potentially cancer-causing HPV virus has fallen in recent years.

Thursday, 6th December, 2018 12:11pm

By Harriet Clugston

Large spike in Isle of Wight winter deaths latest official figures show


It's not surprising that more people die in the Winter, but these figures show a significant spike, raising questions of why?

Thursday, 6th December, 2018 9:42am

By Isabelle Kirk with 4 readers' comments

28% of Healthwatch survey respondents had to call 111 due to no GP appointments

waiting room

Ten recommendations have been sent to the Isle of Wight CCG as a result of the survey, which had a huge response from Islanders. Healthwatch are waiting for their response.

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 4:24pm

By Nikki Stewart with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight ‘Walk and Talk’ support group for Islanders with eating disorders


Helen hopes to build a support network for those suffering with eating disorders on the Isle of Wight, starting with a Walk and Talk in Yarmouth, on Sunday 9th December.

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 9:26am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Isle of Wight hospital admissions figures show impact of drugs on mental health

mental ill health

According to the latest figures, there have been more than 100 hospital admissions on the Isle of Wight for drug-related mental health issues in the last year.

Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 4:36pm

By Ralph Blackburn

Police investigation launched after body found outside hospital building

Police tape

Isle of Wight NHS Trust are working with police after a body was found outside a building at the hospital site.

Monday, 3rd December, 2018 3:47pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Almost 10,000 Isle of Wight women missed last smear test

radar smear

NHS figures show that almost 10,000 women on the Isle of Wight did not attend their last smear test. Cancer charities have said the "plummeting" attendance rate in England is enormously worrying.

Friday, 30th November, 2018 11:17am

By Harriet Clugston with 4 readers' comments