Isle of Wight health

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‘Massive concern’ at findings of CQC inspection at St Mary’s Hospital

St Mary's Hospital cone by Auntie P

The CQC's unannounced visit to St Mary's Hospital resulted in an initial list of 59 points that need addressing, including understaffed emergency department, unacceptable number of ward moves for patients; delays in discharging terminally ill patients and missed medication.

Friday, 9th December, 2016 9:24am

By Sally Perry with 55 readers' comments

Worrying number of children in the south east hospitalised for self-harm

self harm messages

More than 3,000 children in the south east were hospitalised for self-harm last year. The ‘Call for Help’ campaign launches with the aim to raise funds for Childline, so every child has someone to talk to.

Friday, 9th December, 2016 8:35am

By Hayley Pierre

Norovirus confirmed at St Mary’s Hospital

clean hands

Everyone seems to know someone who has had the sickness bug in the last few weeks and it appears to still be around.

Thursday, 8th December, 2016 2:55pm

By Andy Hollebon

Isle of Wight Labour welcomes rejection of NHS STP document

Hospital corridor

There is a recommendation to not endorse the STP document, which Labour councillor, Geoff Lumley believes is "an attempt by a Tory Government quango, NHS England to undermine and close down many of our highly-valued NHS services."

Thursday, 8th December, 2016 12:58pm

By Geoff Lumley

Pimp my Zimmer: Should Isle of Wight care homes embrace this novel idea to help reduce falls?

Pimped zimmer frames

A project in Essex to customise zimmer frames has led to a 60% reduction in the number of falls in a care home. We reckon the 'Pimp my Zimmer' project would do really well if embraced on the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 6th December, 2016 11:09am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Petitions to protect health services on the Isle of Wight gaining support

waiting room

An online petition calling for plans to close GP surgeries on the Isle of Wight to be scrapped is gathering support as well as a national petition urging the Government to drop the STP programme and properly fund the NHS.

Friday, 2nd December, 2016 11:16am

By Sally Perry with 22 readers' comments

£50k funding secured to produce bid for £500k

money and calculator

The Isle of Wight Council has successfully secured £50,000 from the government to help develop a bid for up to £500,000.

Wednesday, 30th November, 2016 11:55am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Look out for your neighbours during cold snap say council

Hot Water Bottle

A prolonged period of severe cold weather has been forecasted this week which could increase the health risks to vulnerable people, so try to look out for your neighbours if you can.

Tuesday, 29th November, 2016 5:13pm

By IW Council Press Office with 12 readers' comments

Islanders support petition against NHS underfunding and understaffing

Signing a petition

Isle of Wight residents queued up on Saturday to sign the Labour Party petition against underfunding and understaffing of the NHS by the Conservative Government.

Monday, 28th November, 2016 8:42am

By Jim Moody with 5 readers' comments

Make sure you know the signs of Meningitis. It’s more than just a rash


More than a third of UK parents in South East England wrongly believe a rash is the first symptom of meningitis. A survey by the Tackle Meningitis campaign reveals this and other worrying statistics.

Friday, 25th November, 2016 3:15pm

By Louisa Henson with one comment

Council share advice on how to avoid catching a tummy bug

Washing hands

It’s not always possible to avoid getting gastroenteritis, but following the advice below can help stop it spreading.

Thursday, 24th November, 2016 6:29pm

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight five year Health and Care plan officially released

Southampton General Hospital :

Back in September OnTheWight broke the story and details behind how the future of Isle of Wight health care was being considered, and combined with Mainland hospitals. Today the official report sees its release.

Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016 12:22pm

By Sarah Ponsford with 31 readers' comments