The NHS on the Island has a proud heritage dating back many years before the creation of the NHS on 5th July 1948.

NHS Manifest 1948


For a time line of the development of health and care services on the Isle of Wight click here or download the timeline at the bottom of this page.  If you think we’ve missed something (and we probably have) please send details by e-mail to comms@iow.nhs.uk or mail to Communications and Engagement Team, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, South Block, St. Mary’s Hospital, Parkhurst Road, Newport, PO30 5TG.

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Day – Saturday 15th September

For the first time and coinciding with the 70th Anniversary year of the NHS, Isle of Wight NHS Trust is hosting a Heritage Open Day on Saturday 15th September between 10:00am and 4:00pm in the Conference Room, opposite the Full Circle Restaurant on Level B at St. Mary’s Hospital.

This will be a small event this year but we hope it will be the first of many years participation in Heritage Open Days so that we can share the rich history of the Island’s health and care services.

In the Conference Room there will be displays of records and items of interest from the health service over the years.   Photographs will be on display.   The Isle of Wight Council’s County Archive Service will be in attendance with a selection of items from the County archives.

Help us identify parts of our timeline that are missing. Help us identify who is in the many photographs we have of health and care services.

A limited number of spaces will be available on tours, all starting from the Conference Room, as follows:

  • Pharmacy – 10:30am; 12:00 noon; 1:30pm and 2:30pm
  • Healing Arts – pictures, sculpture and art at St. Mary’s Hospital – 11:00am and 2:00pm
  • Breast Screening Service - 10:30am; 12:30pm and 2:00pm

In the main hospital corridor linking the modern part of the hospital with the north hospital there is a self-guided set of information about hospitals on the Isle of Wight.

For further information about the Heritage Open Day please call 01983-822099 ext. 5757 or 07798-617654.

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