Isle of Wight patients offered operations in Southampton

Patients suitable for treatment on the mainland are being identified and will be contacted and offered treatment in Southampton.

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This in from Isle of Wight NHS Trust. Ed

Patients awaiting inpatient surgery at St Mary’s Hospital, Newport may be offered the opportunity to have their treatment with a consultant at the NHS Treatment Centre, in Southampton.

Whilst St Mary’s hospital has been under significant pressure during recent weeks, it has resulted in the cancellation of Elective / Planned surgery, but not urgent or emergency operations

Treatment in Southampton
The Isle of Wight NHS trust is now working with Care UK and the NHS treatment Centre in Southampton to identify patients suitable for inpatient treatment on the mainland, and will be contacting them direct, to discuss their procedures and if they wish to transfer their care to the mainland for the operation.

Patients awaiting surgery requiring an inpatient stay may be contacted from Thursday onwards.

Faster treatment in Southampton
Sarah Hayward, Head of Operational Performance at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust said,

“Patient care is a priority, and the Trust is sorry for anyone who is experiencing a delay in receiving their operation.

“Whilst we will be able increase day surgery here at St Mary’s Hospital on the Island, a number of elective surgeries, requiring a stay of one night or more, may be achieved more quickly at the Southampton NHS Treatment Centre, reducing the delay for patients.”

Patients choosing to be treated in Southampton will have travel costs for the ferry and taxi to and from the centre supported by the NHS Treatment Centre

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Wednesday, 11th January, 2017 3:26pm



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  1. This is a cynical attempt to undermine St Mary’s Hospital. Using shock, awe and crisis to promote offshoring our most valuable IOW NHS. Yes, no doubt measures to get out of a crisis of government making has to come about, but to promote offshoring it has to be condemned. We must have funding NOW and island measures to deal with the crisis,of which is not simply a Winter crisis, that Teresa May and the Tories are in denial.Undeniably though, the independent thinking of people has pushed this to a head because of their anger. It has emerged to the surface above Brexit and the railway crisis as number one issue that the Conservatives can shrug off or sit out.People are dying and cannot get a bed or are sitting on floors and waiting on trollies. Yes it is disastrous and yes it is humanitarian.When people need treatment they want it immediately so sort the problem out now or stand aside!

  2. Paul Schofield

    11.Jan.2017 9:27pm

    Copy of open letter sent to my Member of Parliament and County Press this afternoon regarding National Health Service:

    Dear Andrew,
    Today I watched Theresa May answering questions in Parliament, on the lunchtime news.

    I am extremely sorry to say that both my wife and I are singularly unimpressed at her total lack of response, lack of strategy, lack of acknowledgement, and apparent lack of care towards the problems which beset the NHS, and of course the Social Care system.

    It is clear, to anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear, that more funding is urgently required to both services, and we certainly do not wish to hear any more meaningless platitudes, it is obvious that action is needed, and it is needed fast.

    I trust you will not regail us with stories of how “well?” the NHS has been funded, and how the problem is that the population is living longer.

    The increase in average life expectancy has been known to be coming for a long time, yet the response from the Government has been to inadequately prepare or fund for this, and, astonishingly, to severely cripple the ability of Councils to provide Social Services by repeatedly cutting Government funding to them, even though the link to NHS overloading is so very well known.

    I believe it was a Native American Indian who said that you can judge a civilisation by how it treats its sick and elderly people.

    At the moment this Country is certainly not treating many of them in a civilised manner.

  3. Geoff Lumley

    11.Jan.2017 9:59pm

    Sadly Paul, you will get the usual platitudinous response from an MP who has little compassion and no comprehension of how this country (and his constituency) is suffering under his Government.

  4. Anyone going to the NHS treatment centre in Southampton should be aware that it’s quite a walk to find a taxi. There is a lot of building going on at the Station so the taxi rank isn’t there. If you are fit it’s ok. If you’re not it isn’t ! However once you get there it seemed nice and clean and modern..

  5. There are many people who would not be capable of ferry travel, certainly my parents would not manage any steps or a walk of more than 100 yards. They could not manage steps onto a passenger ferry, in a car ferry, onto a bus or a walk to a taxi. And they have me to help them, what happens to all those pensioners who are on their own? It must be incredibly daunting.I suppose they have to turn down a chance of treatment if the department they need has moved to the mainland.Is this acceptable in a modern society?

    • Philip Hawkins

      12.Jan.2017 10:25am

      This is when a fixed link begins to look attractive, but you have to ask yourself which is more cost-effective – that or improving NHS facilities on the Island?

      I know which I would go for (and it’s not just because grey squirrels might make it across).

      • Personally I would prefer easy access to medical facilities, both locally and further afield.

        Another island, Anglesey had an issue with Grey Squirrels, these were trapped and the Red Squirrel population restored, this in turn was the stimulus to restore the Red Squirrels on the Welsh mainland.

        There are circumstances under which improved connectivity across the Solent could lead to the restoration of Red Squirrels in the New Forest, surely that too is desirable?

      • Don’t encourage the fixed linkers………not that they seem to need encouragement.


    12.Jan.2017 4:07pm

    This is one of the reasons I left the Island for the mainland. As a volunteer I have seen first hand how the elderly are stressed by having to attend Portsmouth or Southampton hospitals. The drive to the ferry, the drive to the hospital and back to the ferry feeling sick after unpleasant treatment. Missing the ferry and having to wait an hour,the drive back home.

    Approaching my 70th year and still relatively fit, I took the decision to live back on the mainland since medical care on the Island it isn’t going to get any better. Where I live now I have the choice of three hospitals within a five mile radius.

  7. One of my worse fears is having both of them unwell and one in Southampton and one on the island. They are in their 90’s and we are saving the NHS/Council a significant amount by supporting them in their own home and now the NHS wants to whip the medical support out from under them.


      12.Jan.2017 5:24pm

      I can appreciate your dilemma. I have driven elderly patients to St Marys and in many cases it is hard for them. The thought of having to go to the mainland fills them with dread. Then there are those who thought living in West Wight during their active years was idyllic. One partner has died and the one left (usually the wife) is stuck in the middle of nowhere reliant on volunteers to drive them the 10 miles to hospital in all weathers.

      • Hello Chris
        Re-locating to the mainland is an interesting idea. You must have researched the areas. Would you like to share the best spots you found, hopefully not too expensive housing. Thanks

        • CHRIS P LAMB

          15.Jan.2017 7:46pm

          It wasn’t a question of the best spots but to be nearer family in the Midlands. I now have a choice within easy reach of being treated in Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Birmingham x 3 centres and other places. Beats getting on a ferry plus taxis and then reversing the procedure. All this when not feeling well. Some of the patients I have driven have been visibly upset by the experience so no thanks.

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