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Our approach

We started by talking to clinicians working in the acute (hospital-based) services, extensively reviewing data and looking in depth at the full range of challenges and opportunities facing each service including: Acute Medicine; Urology; Anaesthetics; ENT (ear, nose and throat surgery), Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Radiology, General Surgery, Specialist Medicine, Ophthalmology and Haematology.

We talked to clinicians in partner organisations including Southampton and Portsmouth hospital trusts and to regional bodies like Wessex Strategic Clinical Senate and our national regulators NHS England and NHS Improvement.

We involved patient representatives in these discussions wherever we could and reviewed any existing patient feedback about these services.  We also held over 50 different meetings with community groups to discuss some of the likely scenarios so that we had an appreciation of initial public thoughts and concerns.

One of the key issues raised by community stakeholders were concerns about the impact of travel off the Island.  As a result, an initial travel impact assessment was carried out to establish the number of patients who might be affected because of the different solutions put forward, including number of journeys, costs and the time needed to make any additional journeys.

We also talked to staff to get initial feedback and our workforce group was closely involved in reviewing the different options to look at the potential impact on the workforce.  We also set up a finance group to look at the financial impact of each option.

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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