Witnessing the physical and financial cost of mainland cancer treatment

Jill Longstaffe on the ferry

Megan Baynes travels with an Isle of Wight cancer patient from Yarmouth to Southampton to witness the cost and physical stress of attending a 30 minutes pre-radiotherapy appointment.

Monday, 24th September, 2018 2:30pm

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

Concern over format of NHS meetings raised by councillors

St mary's hospital

Questions were raised on the format of an NHS meeting, when 20 minutes into the meeting Cllr Brodie said he wanted to get on with the meeting and not talked at by NHS bosses.

Tuesday, 18th September, 2018 3:38pm

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

The financial and physical cost of cancer treatment off the Isle of Wight (Updated)

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Jill from Yarmouth is on her way to Southampton this morning for another round of radiotherapy. She'll be accompanied by Megan, who will see in person the cost of these long trips — both financial and physical.

Monday, 17th September, 2018 10:00am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Isle of Wight paramedics face increased aggression: Real life stories paint the picture

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Three paramedics at the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service talk about the increased level of aggression and pressures they face on a daily basis.

Friday, 14th September, 2018 9:15am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Ian Ward rejects Scrutiny advice over Hope Road double yellow lines

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Cllr Ward said he had listened to the points raised by the committee, but would be going ahead with the decision anyway.

Tuesday, 11th September, 2018 6:41pm

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

Third of Isle of Wight cancer patients wait 60+ days for treatment

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It's been revealed that the Isle of Wight NHS Trust was the worst performing in the Wessex area for cancer patient wait times between April and June this year.

Tuesday, 11th September, 2018 3:14pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Heatwave and Island visitors caused strain on St Mary’s Hospital

St mary's hospital

The effects of the prolonged weather meant overall attendance at the Emergency Department at St Mary’s was up by five per cent.

Tuesday, 11th September, 2018 2:00pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Dinosaurs could invade golf course if new plans are approved

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The dramatic makeover, complete with a volcano, dinosaurs and waterfall, of the golf course, first built in the 1920s could begin in November if approved.

Friday, 7th September, 2018 1:19pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Staff shortages lead to same day GP appointments only

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Due to staff shortages, appointments at this GP surgery will have to be made on the day, rather than being pre-booked.

Friday, 7th September, 2018 9:02am

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

Isle of Wight fire service is being run ‘on luck’ says the FBU chairman following Sunday’s fire

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FBU chair, Pete Mawhood said services were being run on luck and, had Sunday's fire in Sandown taken place at another time, the outcome could have been very different.

Thursday, 6th September, 2018 5:33pm

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

Shortage of autism experience affecting diagnoses delays, says CCG head (Updated)

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The new interim head of the Isle of Wight CCG said they "are absolutely understanding of the stress this has caused children and their families", but added there was a national shortage of experience in this area.

Thursday, 6th September, 2018 1:34pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

New ward boundaries a ‘total dog’s breakfast’ says parish council chairman

shalfleet boundary commission

Cllr Steve Cowley believes there "has been no geographic, or historical or community plan in the way it has been done", adding that, "It’s been done purely on numbers".

Thursday, 6th September, 2018 10:44am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments