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Frequently asked questions

During the course of our discussions with the community so far, there have been a wide range of questions put to us reflecting people's concerns, suggestions and queries.  We have listed some of these here and will continue to add more to this page.

Travel and Transport

What provision is there for budgeting and support for carers (families and other agencies) to stay/travel to Southampton/Portsmouth for mentally ill patients or those with learning difficulties who need a familiar face and someone able to interpret the new environment?

We recognise the challenges that patients, families and carers face when they are required to travel for their treatment, not only in terms of the physical impact but also the cost involved. That is one of the reasons why we have sought to retain as much clinical support on Island as possible with only a small percentage of the most complex, high risk procedures requiring patients to be transferred off Island. We are in discussion with the ferry companies, who already provide substantial discounts for patients travelling for treatment. These discussions are ongoing through the council's Cross Solent Operators Partnership Board.

Workforce issues

Why can't we just get specialists from Southampton or Portsmouth to work here?

We already have a reciprocal arrangement between Southampton and Portsmouth hospitals and ourselves to work closely together under the Solent Acute Alliance. As part of that we have visiting specialists that come to the Island and we continue to explore how that can be increased under these proposals where possible.

Case for changing services

Why do we need to be looking at these services at all?

We are facing some unprecedented challenges to our services. With demand forhealth and care increasing as the Island’s elderly population grows in number,often living with more complex, longer-term health needs, local services arestruggling to provide access to the quality of care across all services thatIslanders should expect to receive. Added to this, the well-documented challenges around recruitment and constrained budgets mean that a different approach is needed if services are to be sustainable into the future.

Isn't this all about saving money? No in fact we are likely to save very little money through this process at the end of the day. This is about ensuring unequivocally that we increase the quality and access to care for Island residents. We firmly believe that Island residents should have access to the same standard of care, as anyone else in the UK could expect to receive. We want to deliver that on Island, where we can, but for more specialist, complex procedures where we struggle to maintain the standard of care and results post treatment required, then we need to look at other ways of ensuring people have access to that level of care and results.



Capacity at mainland hospitals

How will they cope when they are having problems of their own?

We have worked alongside our Solent partners in mainland NHS organisations throughout this process to date and we will be continuing those discussions to look at the detail around our proposed changes over the course of this year to ensure that we can deliver them. These changes are proposed as part of a three-to-five year implementation plan that will consider any requirements to build capacity at mainland organisations.

Public involvement and consultation

How will the final consultation with the public be undertaken? Will there be road shows? Online? Both? Other?Will there be just one option at that stage?

We are currently preparing our plans for public consultation and these will be subject to both formal scrutiny and informal testing to ensure they provide the best opportunities for the public to share their views. The approach to consultation will most likely include a variety of different ways in which the public can get involved whether face-face at events or roadshows, online or in writing. We will also be looking to develop a range of tools/materials to ensure that information is easy to understand and accessible to all, so that everyone who wants to contribute their views as part of this process will be able to do so. It is too early to comment on the content of the consultation document itself but it will need to explain in detail why the change needs to take place, what the proposals look like and how we arrived at these.


Who will be included in the public consultation and will the ‘ordinary’ man in the street be included? Also can the CCG consider presenting the final plan in layman’s language that we can all understand?

We aim to make our public consultation such that it enables anyone to share their views with us. We will look to produce it in a language that people can understand and in different formats that make it accessible to all. The Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group report was written for commissioners for their meeting and was therefore written in such a way that it was understandable to that audience - an audience who are more familiar with technical terms and language. Their meeting, whilst held in public, was not a public meeting - however the report was delivered verbally to ensure that those members of the public present could understand the terminology involved. We have recently held additional events for members of the public to provide the opportunity for people to come and ask questions and talk to us face-to-face. We anticipate more of these type of events before the formal consultation next year.

News and Updates

2nd July 2018

NHS70 Celebrations on the Isle of Wight

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:

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