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Island Health services very busy this bank holiday weekend
01 January 2018

Ambulance, community, hospital and mental health services provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust have been very busy over the Christmas period in the lead up to the New Year.   On 23rd, 26th, 30th and 31st December over 200 people a day passed through the Urgent Care Service and Emergency Department at St. Mary’s.

In line with trends being seen elsewhere across the country many cases are respiratory symptoms exacerbated by the cold and damp winter weather.

Nikki Turner, Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said:

“Our staff in all four services have been working incredibly hard over the festive period to ensure that services are available 24/7 for Islanders and visitors. We are seeing a rise in the number of respiratory cases particularly amongst the elderly.   This is not a surprise but there is a lot that Islanders can do to help us manage this increase in demand.

“It is important during the winter to staying warm and active. At the first signs of a winter illness take action – get advice from your local pharmacy and check online at www.nhs.uk/staywell for what you need to do. If you know of a person on their own at this time of year drop round for a cuppa. Helping can be as simple as that.

“From tomorrow, Tuesday 2nd January, health services on the Island return to business as usual. Pharmacies and GP surgeries will be open and details can be found on the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk. ”

More advice about health care can be found on the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk or the What 0-18 website at www.what0-18.nhs.uk for advice for those looking after children. Your local pharmacy has a trained healthcare professional who can help you with advice and 'over the counter' remedies.    If your concerned about drugs and alcohol use check out the Talk to Frank website at www.talktofrank.com or call 0300 123 6600. The Island based 111 service can also provide telephone advice on urgent health care issues and if it's an urgent mental health issue try the Island's mental health crisis line on 01983-522214. Emergency Departments and 999 services are for life threatening issues so please use services appropriately.

Attendances at the Urgent Care Service and Emergency Department at St. Mary’s Hospital between 23rd and 30th December have been as follows:

 

Urgent Care Service

Emergency Department

Total Attendances

Notes

Sat 23/12

114

139

253

 

Sun 24/12

90

90

180

Xmas Eve

Mon 25/12

59

88

147

Xmas Day

Tue 26/12

115

119

234

Boxing Day

Wed 27/12

4

148

152

GP surgeries open

Thu 28/12

21

130

151

GP surgeries open

Fri 29/12

3

127

130

GP surgeries open

Sat 30/12

118

120

238

 

Sun 31/12

113

135

248

New Year’s Eve

Totals

637

1,096

1,733

 

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