Isle of Wight health

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Isle of Wight residents urged to get some medication over the counter rather than through prescription

medications on the shelves in the supermarket

The CCG say this is about stopping prescriptions for ailments such as a sore throat, dandruff, athlete’s foot, indigestion or fungal infections, for which anyone can buy medication from any supermarket or pharmacy

Friday, 17th January, 2020 9:36am

By Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group with 2 readers' comments

Lack of support for young people with mental health issues means schools are picking up the pieces, says union rep

male teen looking unhappy

In light of the recent 'Access to CAMHS' report, Peter Shreeve says schools are working hard picking up the pieces of a system with increasingly fewer resources and hence failing so many children and young people

Thursday, 16th January, 2020 9:01am

By Sally Perry

£1.2million boost sees new unit and more beds at St Mary’s to ease winter pressures

St mary's hospital

The new nurse-led unit, based on the site of the former Compton Ward, will help reduce some of the additional demand winter brings to help patients leave hospital as soon as they are able to

Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 12:28pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Re-inspection for St Mary’s catering recognises positive action taken

St mary's hospital

The Chief Executive says she's really proud of how the catering team has pulled together and turned things around

Tuesday, 14th January, 2020 5:16pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Ventnor GP merger a step closer as details of Ventnor Medical Centre revealed

Grove House Surgery

The merger has been approved by the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group as part of NHS England’s Long Term Plan, to "help patients better manage their conditions without the need for hospital care"

Monday, 13th January, 2020 5:05pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight residents on diabetes prevention programme lose the weight of two motorbikes

two motorbikes

Two Isle of Wight participants in the diabetes prevention programme have lost 19kg and 20kg each. 116 residents took part, see how much they all lost

Monday, 6th January, 2020 2:09pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Have your say on how Isle of Wight crisis services for young people can be improved

teenager sitting on bench with head bowed

If you're a parent or carer with experience of the Isle of Wight children and adolescent mental health service, the NHS want to hear your views. Details within

Friday, 3rd January, 2020 2:41pm

By Isle of Wight NHS Trust with one comment

Isle of Wight sees 80 per cent change in five years for those diagnosed with dementia

dementia spelled out on typewriter by Trending Topics

The Isle of Wight has seen the highest increase of those on the dementia register per 10,000 people

Friday, 3rd January, 2020 1:37pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Expectant Isle of Wight mothers helped to stop smoking

Maternity stop smoking help

The Friends of St Mary’s Hospital have invested over £3,500 on 20 micro-smokerlyzers to help encourage smoke-free pregnancies

Thursday, 2nd January, 2020 8:01am

By George Chastney with one comment

Double boost for Isle of Wight Breast Screening Unit

staff with trolley

The Friends of St Mary's Hopsital provided not one, but two boosts for the Breast Screening Unit

Thursday, 2nd January, 2020 7:07am

By George Chastney

Isle of Wight pharmacy opening times over Christmas and New Year

pharmacy sign

Check details of which pharmacies are open and when over the festive period

Friday, 20th December, 2019 6:41pm

By Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group

Isle of Wight Safe Haven open over festive period

Safe Haven staff around the Christmas tree

The Isle of Wight's mental health drop-in centre will be open over the festive period. Details within

Friday, 20th December, 2019 6:30pm

By Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group