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Date: 02 August 2021
A pilot service that currently supports the wellbeing of young people aged 5 to 19 in eight Island schools, will expand to all schools from next year.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Barnardo’s and the Isle of Wight Youth Trust have been working in partnership to deliver the new UK Government initiative in England, Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) in schools and colleges across the Island.
The IOW NHS Trust is proud to be celebrating their own first home grown cohort of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registered Nursing Associates as they complete their Higher Apprenticeship in Nursing Associate Practice in partnership with the Open University (OU).
Asthma affects people of all ages. The UK has one of the highest rates of asthma in Europe, with 5.4 million people currently receiving treatment, more than a million of whom are children and teenagers.
We are urgently seeking accommodation for NHS professionals working on the Island. Can you help?
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service has recently contacted all their known Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) guardians asking them to register their devices onto the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) National Defibrillator Network, ‘The Circuit’.
The vaccination programme is going extremely well – across Hampshire and Isle of Wight we have delivered more than two million vaccinations.
Isle Talk Wellbeing for Mums is there for new and expectant mothers who need support for their mental health and wellbeing
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is pleased to announce it has been awarded full accreditation by the ECT Accreditation Service (ECTAS) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists for its Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) services. A service that provides effective treatment for those with severe mental illness.
A new service to support the wellbeing of our young people across Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight.
Kooth, a service delivered by Kooth Plc, is a free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service providing young people aged 11 - 25 years (up to their 26th birthday) with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors.
The IW Ambulance Service were proud to present Lifesaver Awards to the brave rescuers who provided CPR to someone who went into cardiac arrest and saved their life.
This clever duo are improving the quality of service we provide for Island patients
‘Time to shake’ is a helpful reminder for everyone who takes medication on a regular basis to check their supply now and before the Bank Holiday weekend
The IOW NHS Trust is extremely proud of our Clinical Director / Consultant Nurse for End of Life Care services, Shane Moody, who has been presented with a prestigious Chief Nursing Officer Silver Award by Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England.
As part of marking this year’s Dementia Action Week (17 to 23 May), the Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s Speech and Language Therapy team are sharing helpful guidance on communicating with people with dementia and feeding tips for those with swallowing difficulties.
This month is National Walking Month. Walking is a fantastic way to keep active and maintain a healthy heart and it's fun, flexible and free. But it can take its toll on your feet!
IW Ambulance Service has paid tribute to the incredible support they have received from partner agencies over the past year
Dealing with the reality of being diagnosed with a life-limiting illness can be devastating. You may react by feeling angry, sad or guilty. It can affect your memory, concentration, motivation, thoughts and beliefs.
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (10 - 16 May), is focussed on the theme of nature. There’s a lot of good research to support the role nature can play in protecting and supporting our mental health, though for many of us, 'being in nature’ may not be as easy as it sounds.
The good news is there are lots of simple ways to bring nature into your everyday life, from garden wildlife to listening to sounds from a park bench and walking one of the many beauty trails on the Island.
With Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May) around the corner and at a time when everyone is feeling the impact of the challenges over this past year, many people are reconsidering what role they play to support the wider community.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust are hosting a virtual Mental Health Recruitment Event on Thursday, 14 May, 12.30pm to 3.30pm to enable anyone interested in a career in mental health to find out more about the day-to-day experience of those who work in different roles at the Trust and to get more information about current vacancies.
Kyle Freemantle has been working in our Emergency Department (A&E) for the last 6 months as an Emergency Department Assistant but will be leaving the Trust at the end of the month to return back to his own business, which is a well-known and busy seaside café in Ventnor called ‘Golden Sands’.
Isorropia Foundation, the Isle of Wight’s mental health wellbeing organisation, celebrates its second birthday on 1 May 2021.
The Isorropia team, a blend of professionals and people with lived experience, delivers a wide range of bespoke wellbeing programmes designed to empower people to take control of their wellbeing, develop resilience and live their best possible life.
Over 100 clinicians, vaccinators, administrative staff and volunteers have worked 7 days a week to ensure all groups are vaccinated
The IOW NHS Trust is reminding Islanders that visiting restrictions remain in place for all NHS services despite the national lockdown rules easing.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has taken another step forward in delivering its mental health transformation plans, with the acquisition of two new buildings to be used as Integrated Mental Health hubs in Newport and Sandown.
Every year on April 16 the Trust celebrates World Voice Day.
Four Isle of Wight Ambulance Service (IWAS) Emergency Vehicle Operatives (EVOs), Adam, Lynsey, Kenny and Steve, join a cohort of twenty-four South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) Emergency Care Assistants next week to embark on the Paramedic Apprenticeship.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s mental health transformation plans are moving ahead, in partnership with Southern Housing Group, with the development of a community-based mental health recovery service for people with complex mental health needs.
Woodlands, a ten-bed rehabilitation ward based in Wootton, is being converted into a supported community housing scheme to provide wraparound support to help residents to move towards independent living.
COVID-19 has affected our lives in so many ways. Our normal daily routines have been disrupted with more people working from home and having to support home schooling as well as balancing our normal jobs. It is no wonder that these changes may have caused some of us anxiety and sleep disruption.
To celebrate LGBT+ History Month, married couple Karen and Charlotte, who work at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, are sharing their story and encouraging other staff from the LGBT+ community and allies to join the Trust’s LGBT+ Staff Equality Network.
St John Ambulance (SJA) will be assisting the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service (IWAS) with 999 urgent and emergency responses as part of a national contingency strategy.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service wants to remind the public of the importance for people to learn basic life support skills and not to be afraid to give Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to help save a life.
The research team at St Mary’s Hospital is supporting the delivery of the world’s largest trial into treatments for patients hospitalised with COVID-19.
People aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid and who would like to be are today being asked to contact the NHS to arrange a jab.
IOW NHS Trust is showcasing the value that Apprenticeships bring to the NHS and help to build a strong workforce for the future during National Apprenticeship Week.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service is delighted to support a fourth cohort of volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs) on their learning journey.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has extended the deadline for applications to the IOW NHS Mental Health Charitable Fund to 19 March 2021. This follows a short pause on the fund in December to simplify the application process and to allow additional time for applicants who might be impacted by the pressures of the current Covid-19 lockdown period.
A large-scale NHS COVID-19 vaccination centre on the Isle of Wight will open to the public tomorrow (1 February) meaning even more people will be able to get vaccinated as part of the biggest vaccination programme the NHS has ever seen.
People on the island dealing with the effects of Long COVID are being supported by a new service launched by the NHS.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service is delighted to announce four new volunteer Community First Responders (CFR) ready to support our community, with more due to join the response team in the coming weeks.
The Covid vaccination programme is now well underway on the Isle of Wight with scores of residents receiving their first dose.
Our new Paediatric Emergency Department (Children’s A&E) means our Trust can now provide our young patients a much better experience when they come into our emergency department.
A pop-up drive-through coronavirus mobile testing unit will be available on the Island from Friday 8 January, and will be available for at least the next three weeks.
NHS and social care staff on the Island have started to receive their coronavirus vaccine as IOW NHS Trust launches its COVID-19 vaccination hub at St Mary’s Hospital.
I have one message to our community. We need you now more than ever.
Maternity staff at St. Mary’s Hospital welcomed 3 babies into the world on New Year’s Day 2021.
On behalf of everyone at Isle of Wight NHS Trust thank you for your incredible efforts to support the NHS during 2020.
The IOW NHS Trust has seen a 25% drop in referrals to cancer services and are urging the public to get in touch with their GP if they have any symptoms that they are concerned about.
When you next visit St Mary’s Hospital you will notice two large electronic display screens outside the main entrance that are visible from the road side.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service is delighted to announce the installation of another public access defibrillator for the island community
On Christmas Day, Natasha, a Chemotherapy Sister at St Mary’s Hospital, and her sister Hannah, a Director at Milford Del, an agency that provides care and support for people who cannot wholly look after themselves, are running several miles dressed as reindeers, to raise money for the Island’s foodbank.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Martin Swan, an acclaimed Island artist, and also an Out of hours GP driver at St Mary’s Hospital, began to draw portraits of the colleagues he works alongside in the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC).
The first NHS Trust in the UK to launch an ambulance decontamination programme for all emergency and non-emergency vehicles
The NHS will begin vaccinating patients against coronavirus at dozens of hospital hubs from this week at the start of the biggest immunisation programme in history.
The IOW NHS Trust’s Falls Prevention team are encouraging people to move a little more while at home to keep physically active during the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and the cold winter months.
We are inviting applications for a share of a £193K fund to support mental health and wellbeing
People aged over 50 in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will be able to get their free flu vaccination from December 1
A safe haven to provide children and young people with mental health support on the island will once again be able to see people face-to-face via booked appointments.
MPs and NHS leaders in the South East have joined forces to honour health and care staff who have helped to improve patient experience in the regional round of the NHS Parliamentary Awards, announced today.
It’s World Antibiotics Awareness Week (16 to 22 November) and the Infection team at St. Mary’s Hospital is reminding us why it is important to only take antibiotics when we really need them.
The NHS is urging pregnant women to continue using health services to protect themselves and their unborn baby
Gunville Methodist Church has become the latest guardians of a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD)
Comfort pebbles are to provide patients in hospitals with a hand-decorated pebble which includes a personal message from a family member, which can be kept with them and held during challenging times of being separated.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has announced restrictions to visitors for all of services, beginning tomorrow, Thursday 5 November.
People who use mental health and learning disabilities services on the Isle of Wight will benefit from a new joined-up approach that will mean there is ‘no wrong door’ when they need support.
Isle of Wight NHS Trust has published its Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Service strategy after months of work with people who use services, staff, stakeholders in the public, community and voluntary sectors and its partner organisation, Solent NHS Trust.
This #Stoptober we are stepping up support for our staff and people who use our services who want to quit smoking, ahead of going completely smokefree.
Thanks to basic life-saving skills, Paul Gould is alive and celebrating his 55th birthday and giving thanks to the people that came quickly to his aid.
Today on Wednesday 14 October we celebrate Allied Health Professionals (AHP’s) to raise awareness of their roles with NHS.
The IOW NHS Trust’s children’s ward are really pleased to have now received Phoebe’s light on the ward and that it is in action helping children have less stressful blood tests or cannulas.
Parents are being urged to take up the offer of having their children vaccinated against flu to reduce the spread of the virus
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service is delighted to announce the recruitment of twenty-four new volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs).
Now that children have returned to school, it is important that parents are able to access the right support if their child becomes unwell.
Islanders are being reminded that now is not the time to overlook virus prevention measures.
We are delighted to have introduced the Associate Practitioners for Dementia service that aims to significantly improve the patients’ time whilst in hospital.
Today is a special day for 999 Emergency Services as we give thanks to all our heroes on the frontline and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives as a result of their duties.
Hovertravel has celebrated a partnership which has contributed significantly to the local community, by proudly displaying the logos of the NHS and Isle of Wight Ambulance on both its hovercraft.
Would you like to help us to train teenagers to better manage their asthma symptoms?
Islander Nick Culshaw, who received a heart transplant, is calling on Island families and friends to sign up to the Organ Donation Register
A new service to help people manage chronic long term health conditions is up and running at St. Mary’s Hospital
Vaughan Thomas, who has served a three-year term as Chair, will stand down in October
We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for two categories in this year’s Nursing Times Awards
The Friends of St Mary’s staff and volunteers were delighted to get ‘back to business’ by re-opening their new main shop in the foyer.
As we approach the August bank holiday, people are being reminded to ensure they order their repeat prescriptions in good time.
The staff and inpatients of the IOW NHS Trust’s Mental Health Service are looking forward to returning to Ventnor Botanic Garden (VBG) now that the Coronavirus restrictions are easing.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service is delighted to announce Heather Simpson, Daniel Pink (newly qualified paramedics) Philip Ryder (Emergency Vehicle Operative) have passed their level 3 certificate in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving (L3CERAD)
From Monday August 24 people will need to go to Newclose County Cricket Club, in Blackwater Road, Newport, to access a coronavirus test
Two students at St. Mary’s Hospital still managed to celebrate their graduation against all the odds thanks to their pharmacy colleagues
Isle of Wight NHS Trust has relaxed some restrictions on visiting patients at St Mary’s Hospital.
In association with Hospedia, Vectis Radio is now available free of charge to patients at St Mary's Hospital
on their bedside entertainment system.
Most people will now be able have a blood test which their GP has asked for within their own practice, bringing the service closer to home and reducing the need to travel.
From Monday 3 August, outpatients clinics will resume within the Main Outpatients Department at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Face coverings will be mandatory in additional enclosed public spaces from Friday - including shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and transport hubs.
Over 95% of people attending the Emergency Department at St. Mary’s Hospital during May and June spent less than 4 hours in the department
This week the IOW NHS Trust’s Children’s ward celebrated reaching their target of £4800 for Phoebe’s Light.
A safe haven to provide children and young people with mental health support on the island has updated its opening times and ways to access the service.
St. Mary’s Hospital is now equipped with new and innovative technology, that will improve diagnosis of a patient's eye disease.
Students from Platform One College of Music on the Isle of Wight have recorded a charity song in lockdown to thank key workers including NHS staff for all their efforts during the Covid-19 outbreak.
This year to mark 72 years of the National Health Service the Island’s NHS want to say a special thank you to our Island community for the overwhelming support received over recent months
A third of IOW NHS Trust staff have now been tested to see if they have had the COVID-19 infection
Leaders from the health, care, community and voluntary sectors have thanked key workers across the Isle of Wight for their ‘phenomenal response’ to the coronavirus pandemic.
A new service to support children and adults with autism during the current Covid–19 pandemic launched on Wednesday (17th June 2020)
From Monday 15th June, all visitors and patients attending appointments must wear a face covering at all times.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service is really pleased to announce a fantastic opportunity for people to apply to become a volunteer Community First Responder (CFRs) as it embarks on a new accredited training programme.
The IOW NHS Trust welcome incredible results this Diabetes Week, as the Paediatric Diabetes Team continue to roll out an innovative approach to supporting patients during the coronavirus pandemic.
This week 8th – 14th June 2020 is Carers Week, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
Lifesaving training is to restart following an easing of the Government’s COVID-19 measures as more people return to work.
The Islands NHS Mental Health Services have made it easier for Isle of Wight Residents to access mental health services they need, when they need them.
A teaching assistant from Wroxall Primary School has held a 12 hour hula hooping fundraiser to help raise money for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Mountbatten Hospice.
Solent and Wightline Cruises is supporting the IW Ambulance Service in the transfer of critically-ill patients across the Solent
Volunteers’ Week is a time to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution and time volunteers give to the IOW NHS Trust.
Matrons Julie Hailes and Jan Appell at Isle of Wight NHS Trust have braved the shave to help raise funds for Mountbatten Hospice.
Cake design competition winner Amelie, 13, decided to donate her cake to the staff at Isle of Wight NHS Trust as a big thank you for all their hard working during the coronavirus pandemic.
A sculpture celebrating the Thursday night Clap for Carers has been donated to the NHS for display during the pandemic
The Trust is delighted to share a collection of short films titled ‘Day by Day’.
Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive said: “We are very lucky to have a wonderful community spirit on the Island and we continue to be hugely grateful for all the support shown to the NHS and social care...
When the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March it meant that most of our clinical staff were now required to wear masks that covered their mouths.
For Pippa, who only has 30% hearing in one ear and relies on lip reading to do her job, this was a real barrier. We caught up with Pippa to find out how she and her team have worked together that’s meant she has been able to continue in her job role.
As part of Equality and Human Rights week at Isle of Wight NHS Trust we spoke to Lina, from the Philippines, who works as a Hospital at Night Clinical Coordinator in our Critical Care Outreach Service.
Doctors are urging people to remember that NHS services are still there for them over the long bank holiday weekend, whatever their need.
COVID-19 tests are now available to anyone aged 5 or over who has coronavirus symptoms.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Training & Community Response Services (ATCoRS) are urging those who are responsible for a Public Access Defibrillator to check it is ready for use.
The IOW NHS Trust is supporting the Mental Health Foundation’s (MHF) message that showing kindness to others is good for our own mental health and wellbeing too.
Video consultations has enabled face to face contact with patients without them having to leave their homes
Residents of the Isle of Wight are now able to access specialist mental health support by calling the NHS 24/7 Mental Health Triage Service via 111.
11 new student Physician Associates have joined St. Mary’s Hospital whilst universities are closed to help respond to the current Coronavirus pandemic
Isle of Wight announced as first phase of new ‘test, track and trace’ programme
Isle of Wight NHS Trust has launched a new service for passing on essential personal items to patients.
A Freephone mental health crisis helpline for children and young people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has been launched today.
The Research Team based at St Mary’s Hospital is contributing to the global effort to fight coronavirus.
The Royal Air Force landed a CH47 Chinook helicopter today (Friday) at Seaclose Park as an exercise to practice longstanding helicopter landing site procedures, should they be needed, to transfer patients.
Isle of Wight NHS Trust has launched a new service to help families stay in touch with their loved ones in hospital.
Your NHS services are still operating to care for and treat people over this Easter holiday weekend – despite the temporary changes brought in to help tackle the Coronavirus pandemic.
People with minor illness should not attend the Urgent Treatment Centre at St. Mary’s Hospital unless asked to attend by an Urgent Treatment Service Clinician.
Army personnel have been deployed on the Isle of Wight to help with the reconfiguration of St Mary’s hospital as part of the national planned mutual aid arrangements for military support for major incidents.
The transfer of sexual health services to Solent NHS Trust took place yesterday, Wednesday 1 April, with all the current IoW NHS colleagues transferring to Solent under the TUPE scheme.
We are facing extraordinary times due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and it’s important that we all heed the advice to stay safe at home. This is a crucial step we can all take to help limit the spread of the virus and keep healthy and well.
Sadly, two people in our care have died having tested positive for COVID-19.
All nursing and care homes on the Island are being given equipment and training to monitor key observations remotely and reduce the need for people to go into to deliver care homes.
As part of our regular review of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum (HIOW LRF) has now declared the Coronavirus outbreak a major incident.
The Carers Lounge at St Mary’s Hospital is run by Carers IW and since the lounge was opened two years ago the team has supported 1200 carers and see approximately 65 new carers every month.
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Maternity staff were delighted to welcome two ‘Leap Year’ babies born on Saturday 29th February at St Mary’s Hospital.
Isle of Wight NHS Trust has opened a new three-bed End of Life Care Unit to help support people as they approach the end of their lives.
In collaboration with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust recently held a training day to raise awareness of the issues faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual & Transgender people (LGBT+).
Dr Victor Lawrence has been awarded an Honorary Citation from the College of Podiatry
A partnership between Isle of Wight NHS Trust (IWT) and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT) will improve hospital-based services for people living on the Isle of Wight.
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The senior team at Isle of Wight NHS Trust has been strengthened by the arrival of a new Non-Executive Director and the reappointment of three senior leaders.