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What does this mean?

The recommendation made would effectively mean, subject to further work and full public consultation, that:

  • About 89% of current acute hospital-based care would remain on the Island so most Islanders would continue to have their acute care needs met on the Island
  • 11% of the more complex, urgent care should in future be transferred for specialist care on the mainland where the outcome of their treatment would provide better results for patients
  • This 11% would involve procedures requiring more specialist, complex and urgent treatment and not whole services, for example, emergency laparotomies (a surgical incision into the abdominal cavity), Inflammatory bowel disease, colectomy (removal of the colon) and high-risk elements of stroke treatment.  More work is being undertaken to identify the specific procedures that could potentially be involved.
  • Most of these transfers off Island would take place as urgent/emergency transfers by helicopter and ambulance and would therefore be funded by the NHS, not the patient directly.
  • Patients who currently travel to the mainland for routine care should, in future, be able to have that care delivered on the Island - resulting in fewer journeys for Island patients overall.
  • There would be no change in capacity at St Mary’s until actual changes in activity are put in place.  These would be likely to take around three-five years to implement after any final decision.
  • Further work will be undertaken with mainland hospitals to help resolve our workforce challenges and to put in place a robust and seamless system for transferring patients to and from mainland hospitals.

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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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