Isle of Wight MP learns more about promised £48m for NHS Trust

The telehealth ‘box’ is just one of the uses of technology aimed at reducing visits to the emergency department.

Bob Seely looking at Telehealth box

This in from the office of Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Robert Seely. Ed

MP Bob Seely has met with staff at the IOW NHS Trust to see how the recently announced £48 million Government investment in the Isle of Wight health service will be used to aid patient care.

Earlier this month the Prime Minister announced plans to upgrade 20 hospitals across the country, ensuring money gets to front line services. The announcement included £48 million for the Isle of Wight. 

Investment in technology
During his visit to St Mary’s Hospital this week, his second this month, Bob saw first-hand how some of the £48 million will be invested into technology that will improve patient care, reduce waiting times and make better use of NHS staff time.

Bob spent Monday (12th August) morning with Brian Martin, the man in charge of Technology Enabled Care at the Trust which prevents the need for patients to make unnecessary, time consuming or stressful visits to the hospital for routine monitoring also freeing up the time of health professionals to focus on priority cases.

The telehealth ‘box’
An example of this was the telehealth ‘box’ – produced by Island firm Solcom – which is a unit of high-tech kit used at home by patients to monitor their own health, with the support of community nurses and loved ones.

The readings are taken by the patient or carer at home, or in their place of care, and sent straight to healthcare professionals for monitoring. The box has been successfully trialled in fourteen Island care homes and the new investment will help it to be rolled out across the Island.

Technology supports transformation of services
Mr Martin said:

“As a Trust we are committed to embedding technology in our service delivery to support transformation of services to ensure we can effectively and efficiently meet the needs of the local population.

“The approach we have taken with technology has also shown that through better monitoring we can be more informed about the improvement or deterioration of the patient and work with the patient to make more accurate and timely decisions about their healthcare needs, especially when it comes to end of life care. 

“Teleswallowing has been successfully trialled by Speech and Language Therapists who can talk to patients via a tablet which has reduced waiting times, reduced the need for patients to travel and made better use of therapist time who have reduced the time they spend travelling.

“It was great was great to meet with Bob Seely yesterday and show him first-hand the excellent innovative service changes our staff are implementing to support local people.”

Seely: Will help future care
Bob said:

“The use of technology in healthcare is already helping patients to receive better care on the Island. The ‘Telehealth box’ will be an important part of delivering improved healthcare support for Islanders.

“It should, over the coming years, help reduce visits to Emergency Departments, fewer visits to mainland, more in home and in-nursing home care, fewer crisis, better management of illness, re-assurance in medication, reduce patient anxiety and support better end of life care.”

Seely: NHS Trust will use the money wisely
He went on to say,

“Health Secretary Matt Hancock recently agreed with me that Island healthcare costs are increased because we are an Island. I will continue to make the case to Government for more investment in our healthcare system, but I am glad that technology is helping to overcome the barrier of the Solent for some patients.

“We are the only place in the South-East to win the extra money and I know that the IOW NHS Trust will use the money wisely to make better use of NHS staff time and improve outcomes for patients. Brian has lots of ideas as to how we can use technology to aid patient care and I am so pleased that he has some money from the Government to bring some of his ideas to life.”

Tuesday, 13th August, 2019 5:35pm



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Alternative Perspective

I personally would prefer a proper well staffed hospital rather than be part of some social experiment

Well AP life IS a social experiment in itself! And therein lies the problem, just because many are used to an outdated provision of services doesn’t mean it should carry on, I’m sure many of you have heard of MRI scans and the alike? well shhhh don’t tell anyone but they are technology! Many visits to the A&E dept and for that GP surgeries are simply not… Read more »
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I don’t think I mentioned technology greatergood.. In respect of a ‘social experiment’, I was referring to what you do with all those pesky old people. You don’t vilify them as bed blockers, you don’t bully them out of hospital with bed managers, you don’t try every which way to prevent them attending hospital because you’ve deliberately reduced you bed capacity and staffing levels for economic reasons.… Read more »
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Correction: you don’t dehydrate them so they pass on

Jenny Smart

These Telehealth boxes being rolled out into the community to prevent patients attending hospital, are they in the shape, and size, of a coffin?


Hmmm! I don’t think this is the full story. I have it on good authority from a reliable source who doesn’t wish to be named that the 48 million “Boris” money is, in part for the ASR (Acute Services Redesign) to pay for extra wards/beds on the mainland!!

This money is a drop in the ocean compared to what is needed at St Marys. The dramatic loss of beds in recent years, with fully staffed wards being closed, and then ‘magically’ reopened as ‘extra beds’ in a grand media announcement for the winter months. The ‘refurbishment’ of the A and E Department, twice in eight years, soon to be done again because the Department is… Read more »
Alternative Perspective

Great photograph from the office of Bob Seely

Love the glasses, had he only remembered to ruffle his hair a bit more he would have looked just like Prof Heinz Wolff


I like it how he has his glasses on his head and his sleeves rolled up. Clearly an intelligent man who means business!!!


We are always complaining that the Island is neglected.
Isn’t it great to get some Grant to help our hospital?
Let the experts there use it wisely.


48 million (typo)


We need to thank our MP because otherwise our hospital would not have received this 49 million. Hope it is spent wisely and affectively.


Thank you m’lord for this bit of money which definitely won’t have any strings attached or otherwise be not as it appears. We are truly grateful for the many years of chronic underfunding and the continual cutting of our health services.

Please do carry on moving more of our services to the mainland for our own good.