We are working to ensure that children on the Isle of Wight are supported to get the best start in life that will lead to good health and wellbeing. This will provide the foundation to ensure they are able to achieve the best opportunities and keep as healthy and well as possible throughout their lives.
We want to ensure that families, individuals and communities are thriving and resilient with access to good jobs, affordable housing, leisure activities, lifelong training, education and learning, health and care services are are able to enjoy the place in which they live.
We want to ensure that people on the Isle of Wight are able to live independently in their own homes with appropriate care support. We want to make sure older residents are supported to play an active role in their communities and supported to maintain and develop their social and community networks.
At the beginning of 2017, we began another piece of work to look more closely at hospital based services and how they may need to work in future to meet the challenges that we face and provide the best possible care for Island residents and visitors.
It stands to reason that, as we change more of our services to focus on preventing ill health and delivering more care in the community closer to people’s homes, then we will need lower volumes of inpatient acute (hospital based) care services. Services like: Acute medicine, Urology, Anaesthetics, ENT (ear, nose and throat surgery), Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Radiology, General Surgery, Specialist Medicine, Ophthalmology and Haematology.
These services are mostly delivered at St Mary’s Hospital at the moment, but a small number of more specialist services are also delivered on the mainland with the help of partner hospitals across the Solent such as Southampton NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals Trust.
The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. The following activities and events are taking place on the Island to celebrate this important milestone: