Isle of Wight health

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Surge in the number of cancelled operations on the Isle of Wight

hospital bed

According to the latest data from NHS England, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust cancelled 87 non-urgent operations in the three months to June. This was an increase of 85% from same 2017 period.

Friday, 17th August, 2018 12:25pm

By Harriet Clugston with one comment

Recruitment problems halt any new Alcohol Treatment referrals

teenager drinking

Difficulty recruiting qualified staff has resulted in the Island Recovery Integrated Service (IRIS) having to temporarily stop accepting new referrals into the Alcohol Treatment service.

Thursday, 16th August, 2018 6:10am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight GP surgeries stretched, so harder for patients to get in touch by phone

GP surgery radar

The Royal College of GPs says that surgeries are "performing well in incredibly difficult circumstances", but that patients on the Isle of Wight are finding it increasingly difficult to contact their family doctor over the phone.

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 10:02am

By Joseph Hook with one comment

New Isle of Wight autism diagnosis service to launch

autism scrabble letters

After some children on the Isle of Wight have had to wait years for an autism diagnosis via the CCG, a private practice will be offering a full autism diagnosis and assessment service from next month

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 9:48am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

‘Great deal of energy’ going into improving response to complaints, says NHS Chief

maggie oldham - leeds em conference

Maggie Oldham has pledged to improve communication between services, following a number of complaints about patient care within the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 5:03pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Over £25,000 raised at Inflatable Rainbow Run for cancer wellbeing centre

inflatable rainbow run

The event at Sandown Airport on Sunday was the first major fundraiser for the £100,000 Building for the Future appeal to create a new cancer wellbeing centre.

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 1:48pm

By Sally Perry

A&E is for urgent emergency medical attention only


Considerable pressure is being put on the Emergency Department at St Mary's Hospital due to a very high number of people attending that could be treated by a GP or Pharmacist or seek advice by calling 111.

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 8:49am

By Andy Hollebon with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP welcomes lift on restrictions for medicinal cannabis

bob seely on medical cannabis

Bob said he'd been contacted by Isle of Wight constituents who wanted access medicinal cannabis treatment and is pleased they'll now be able to discuss a prescription with their doctors within weeks.

Wednesday, 1st August, 2018 2:30pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight breastfeeding rates higher than England average, figures show


Although more Isle of Wight mothers are, on average, still exclusively breastfeeding their babies at six-to-eight weeks compared to the rest of the country, almost half stop breastfeeding after two months.

Wednesday, 1st August, 2018 12:59pm

By Isabelle Kirk

Friend’s of St Mary’s donate helpful device to eye department

Eye Dept 13 June 18

The tonometer has been purchased for the department by the Friends of St Mary’s Hospital.

Monday, 30th July, 2018 2:10pm

By George Chastney

Isle of Wight Youth Mental Health Taskforce sponsored by Wightlink

Wightlink's Keith Greenfield with young members of the Isle of Wight Youth Mental Health Taskforce

Wightlink have announced their support for the Isle of Wight Youth Trust's Mental Health Taskforce - which provides peer-to-peer advocacy to young people, helping break down the stigma associated with mental health.

Monday, 30th July, 2018 11:02am

By Karen Woods with 2 readers' comments

European measles outbreak sparks vaccination warning to parents

measles vaccination

Cases of measles in the UK have rocketed this year, as figures show parents are still not taking hundreds of young children for their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines.

Monday, 30th July, 2018 9:22am

By Joseph Hook