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.
As temperatures rise across the Island, the number of people attending St Mary’s Hospital is also reaching peak levels again with very poorly people needing to be admitted to hospital wards at St Mary’s.
The Island’s NHS is reminding the public to make use of pharmacies and NHS 111 for non-urgent health advice and avoid attending the Beacon Centre unless it is urgent. Most will welcome the hot weather, but it is important to make sure it doesn't harm you or anyone you know. Simple advice such as ensuring you drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and cover up when out in the sun by wearing a hat and applying sun cream should be followed.
Nikki Turner, IoW NHS Trust Deputy Chief Operating Officer, said: “The current picture is not a particularly good one; we are working really hard to maintain the flow of patients needing to be admitted to hospital for urgent care and making sure that patients who are fit and ready to leave hospital are discharged quickly.
“We have been working closely with families, friends and partner organisations to ensure patients are cared for in the most appropriate setting, either in the community or at home and we are grateful for the continued support from relatives as, without their help, we would have an even greater challenge in getting patients discharged from hospital.”
Nikki continued: “Our main priority is to make sure those people in need of urgent or emergency care receive help at the right time and in the right place, and so we would ask that only people who really need to attend the Beacon Centre or Emergency Department should do so. The Beacon Centre has been busy with long waiting times of up to 6 hours on some days. If it’s something urgent, but it’s not an emergency, we ask you to call 111 first before making a visit to the hospital. The Island based 111 service at St. Mary’s Hospital is there to make sure Islanders get the right help.”
The general advice to the public is as follows: