Isle of Wight health

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Better antibiotic awareness on the Isle of Wight leads to drop in prescriptions

green antibiotic capsule

A national drive to ensure a better understanding of the use of antibiotics appears to be paying off on the Isle of Wight, as the number of antibiotics prescribed is falling.

Monday, 11th February, 2019 11:43am

By Priya Mistry

Isle of Wight NHS Trust to end year £30m in deficit with a ‘significant cash flow problem’

St mary's hospital

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is now on track to end the year with a deficit of £30 million, with agency spend at £9.1m, double the recommended NHS ceiling.

Friday, 8th February, 2019 1:42pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 7 readers' comments

Free parking at St Mary’s during times when queues build up

new parking machines at st mary's

Free parking during times when lengthy queues build up is just one of the steps being taken by Isle of Wight NHS to help alleviate the pressure of parking on the hospital grounds.

Friday, 8th February, 2019 9:46am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 8 readers' comments

Depression and anxiety highest cause of staff sickness at Isle of Wight NHS Trust

depressed man

A third of staff absences at the Isle of Wight NHS trust are due to depression and anxiety a report to the Board reveals.

Thursday, 7th February, 2019 11:11am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Isle of Wight to host important Fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease academic research study

Laboratory - Martin Lopez

There are exciting plans for a new research programme on the Isle of Wight that will seek to find out how commonly people with Fibromyalgia are infected with the bacteria which causes Lyme Disease and other certain viruses. A update on the start date, funding and call for healthy subjects within.

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 3:07pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight patients warned not to stockpile medication in event of no-deal Brexit

tablets in blister packs

Isle of Wight GPs will not be permitted to write longer prescriptions for patients in the event of a no deal Brexit and patients are being advised not to 'store additional medicines at home'.

Tuesday, 5th February, 2019 4:32pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Find out how you can support young people on World Cancer Day

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Cancer recovery is as much about what happens after treatment. This Isle of Wight charity gives young people in recovery from cancer the opportunity to take part in sailing trips to rebuild their confidence.

Monday, 4th February, 2019 3:15pm

By Sally Perry

Millie shaves her head raising over £2,000 for Little Princess Trust

Millie and Lorna at asda isle of wight

Isle of Wight's Millie Lloyd raises over £2,000 for the Little Princess Trust by shaving her head as part of the support she’s been giving her teenage daughter through chemotherapy for ovarian cancer.

Monday, 4th February, 2019 2:19pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight’s drug and alcohol service up and running again

teenager drinking

The company brought in to take on the Isle of Wight's drug and alcohol service have been praised for "performing so well so quickly" by the Cabinet member, Cllr Mosdell.

Monday, 4th February, 2019 2:04pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Drop in number of Isle of Wight patients airlifted to mainland for emergency

Isle of Wight helipad

Compared to the year before the number of Isle of Wight patients being airlifted to the mainland for emergency hospital treatment has dropped significantly. OnTheWight has the details.

Thursday, 31st January, 2019 3:45pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Leisure centre vending machines now stocking ‘genuinely healthy’ options

Gavin Edley, CEO of Vitalife Health and Tim Ashwell of 1Leisure by the new vending machine Thursday, 24th January, 2019 4:26pm By IW Council Press Office {*Edit post*} ShortURL: Filed under: Featured, Health, Island-wide, Isle of Wight Council, Isle of Wight News

Vendeing machines in Newport and Sandown will offer almost 30 lines of healthy snacks and drinks such as protein bars, protein shakes, sugar-free drinks, fruit bars and more.

Thursday, 24th January, 2019 4:29pm

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Isle of Wight funding success enables clinical pharmacists support for GP surgeries

GP surgery radar

Funding for the posts is part of NHS England’s programme of work to ensure patients have better local access to a range of highly-trained health professionals for their needs.

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019 9:20am

By Mark Wingham with 2 readers' comments