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Date: 28 May 2022
Four-year-old Rayn Thomson has been receiving treatment at St. Mary's for a Myofibroblastic tumour
The IOW NHS Trust is proud to have launched the IOW NHS Trust Careers for Young People Programme this week with colleagues from HTP Apprenticeship College.
Plans to improve the health and well-being of Islanders living with dementia, ensuring they and their families and carers are supported, have been unveiled at an official launch event held in Newport earlier today (Friday 20 May 2022).
The IOW NHS Trust’s Community Heart Failure Team were overwhelmed to receive a fantastic donation of three thousand five hundred pounds from Osborne Masonic lodge.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is proud to be working in partnership with the University of Derby on their first ever Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) apprenticeship programme.
Our Research Team have supported the world’s largest study of the genetics of critical COVID-19.
The study involving more than 57,000 people worldwide, has revealed fresh details about some of the biological mechanisms behind the severe form of the dis
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has launched a Dementia Navigators service to help support people who are living with the effects of dementia or awaiting a dementia assessment.
The Isle of Wight’s mental health wellbeing organisation, Isorropia Foundation, is now open to self-referrals.
People struggling with their mental health and wellbeing can now directly access help from Isorropia Foundation without needing to be referred there by a professional.
Isle of Wight NHS Trust is hosting an outdoor public event to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 202 on Thursday 12 May 2022.
Frequentis LifeX is a state-of-the-art control room solution used by ambulance dispatchers to communicate with ambulance crews.
In July last year the Trust's Mental Health Charitable Fund awarded Bodster Equine Assisted Learning £10k for their Horses Opening Doors programme.
Health leaders today issue a fresh appeal to communities as figures reveal more than 8,500 people attended an Emergency Department (ED) in Hampshire and Isle of Wight in the last week alone.
On just one day more than 1,460 people attended a local ED – one every single minute.
Health leaders today issue an urgent plea to communities amid a “perfect storm” of rising pressure on services and rocketing COVID-19 rates.
Remember hands, face and space, to keep safe and well.
In partnership with Medefer, our Trust has won an award for Best Elective Care Recovery Initiative at the at this year’s HSJ Partnership Awards 2022.
A new Community Prehabilitation Service is supporting patients awaiting surgery, to take the steps needed to improve both their physical and mental health in preparation for their surgical procedure.
Working in partnership with Island based design and manufacture company Inflight Peripherals Limited (IFPL), our Trust has designed a new innovative compact personal protective equipment (PPE) station to help support our busy staff to meet important infection prevention and control measures.
Isle of Wight NHS Trust will be easing visitor restrictions at St. Mary’s Hospital to allow patients to have increased contact with family and loved ones.
Our Trust is the first NHS Trust in England to sign up to the Employee Domestic Abuse Covenant (EDAC) to support and empower survivors of domestic abuse to enter or re-enter the workplace.
Positive changes continue this LGBT History Month as our LGBT+ Equality Staff Network appoint an executive sponsor to help champion and support changes to improve equality, diversity and inclusion at our Trust.
The UK Government announced that England will remove all remaining domestic COVID-19 restrictions in law from Thursday 24 February.
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Staff member Daisy reflects on the recent improvements at our Trust to mark LGBT+ History Month
It’s Children’s Mental Health Week (7 to 13 February) and this year’s theme is growing together, finding ways to grow emotionally, and finding ways to help each other grow.
As part of healthy development, children and young people need opportunities to explore new things, to experiment and to challenge themselves physically and mentally. However, over the last couple of years, things have not been ideal for young people, with many struggling to cope with the changes and restrictions imposed throughout the pandemic.
National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to celebrate the many NHS apprentices that are well on their way to exciting careers in the National Health Service
Today is Time to Talk Day (3 February) and this day marks a national initiative to encourage conversations about mental health, bringing friends, families, communities, and workplaces together to talk, listen and to help change lives.
This annual event aims to work towards ending mental health discrimination. Having conversations offers people the opportunity to be open and honest about their mental health and helps to empower them to seek help when they need it.
Junior doctors Dr Azra Khatun and her colleague Dr Suga Roy have founded and implemented the Surgical Scarf Project at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust to support Muslim women looking to build a career in theatres.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has launched a pioneering new Community Day Hub in Freshwater to help people who need additional support to stay well and to live independently.
The Day Hub was set up in October last year, as part of a winter pilot scheme. Since its launch, nearly 25 residents have used the service provided by this integrated community network, with many benefitting from care provision, support, advice and signposting on issues such as ongoing health needs and social isolation.
An outdoor area that is calm and relaxing for families to enjoy will be made possible with thanks to a generous donation in memory of baby Lola Rose
Richard Harding (79), from Yarmouth was the first person who has had a successful awake complex shoulder operation at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust which took place at the end of 2021.
Following a successful bid the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has been awarded £10,000 from NHS England and Improvement to support staff and their mental health after they experience traumatic events in the workplace.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Medefer are delighted to announce that Clinically assessing and mitigating risk for outpatient backlogs - a proactive Covid-19 recovery initiative has been shortlisted for Best Elective Care Recovery Initiative at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2022, recognising their outstanding contribution to healthcare – in what has been an exceptional and challenging period across the sector.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is currently facing increased demand for its services, with additional pressure expected over the New Year’s Bank Holiday weekend.
The continuing threat posed by COVID-19 and the usual winter pressures including staff sickness, means that it’s important that local people are using the right services for healthcare support, so that frontline staff can focus on those most in need.
A new Rapid Response Vehicle service has been launched this month by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust as part of a pilot project to support people in mental health crisis in the community.
The specifically allocated rapid response vehicle will be jointly crewed by a paramedic and a registered Senior Mental Health Practitioner from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Mental Health Liaison Team.
Simple things you can do to keep yourself well and help frontline health and care workers this winter
As part of Disability History Month we have been sharing a number of staff stories to highlight their personal experiences of the support they have received in their personal and professional lives. In our final installment, that marks the end of Disability History Month, we share staff member Neil Fradgley's story
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service (IWAS) carries out an ambitious large-scale night exercise
IOW NHS Trust have a great opportunity for exercise providers to make a big difference to our Island community
The End of Life Care Ward, Wellow Unit have launched a new Bereavement Follow Up Call Service for family members that have been bereaved after their loved ones have died.
The IOW NHS Trust’s Pathology service now have a new sensory room which is designed to relax and distract patients who struggle to have their bloods taken.
We are celebrating our first cohort of international nurses as they mark their 20 year anniversary since joining the Trust this week.
This week marks 20 years since the Trust welcomed over 40 nurses from the Philippines to help boost nursing levels.
Stress Awareness Day (Wednesday 3 November) is an ideal opportunity to highlight the effect of stress in people’s daily lives and to share information about where to get support when feeling overwhelmed.
Isle of Wight NHS Trust has scooped one of this year’s prestigious Nursing Times Awards after being short-listed in two categories, including ‘Care of Older People’ and ‘Nurse Leader of the Year’.
Our Community Rapid Response Team won the ‘Care of Older People’ category at an awards ceremony held in London last week (Wednesday 27 October). The team was recognised for their compassionate approach and rapid response to meet the needs of older patients in crisis during the pandemic.
Isle of Wight NHS Trust Chief Executive Maggie Oldham will take up a new role on secondment to support other NHS organisations on their improvement journeys.
Now in its 8th year, Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service continues its momentum in support of Restart a Heart Day, which takes place on Saturday 16 October.
A new maternity app has launched which offers women online access to their maternity records
It’s World Mental Health Day on Sunday, 10 October with a world focus on mental health in an unequal world. We all have a role to play in championing the equal treatment for people with mental health problems and helping to destigmatise talking about mental health across all age groups.
Over the course of the pandemic, we have seen an increase in children and young people struggling with their mental health, including a rise in eating disorders.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Apian have begun a three month drone trial to optimise the delivery and access to chemotherapy for their cancer patients.
“Staff felt respected, supported and valued and were focused on the needs of patients receiving care.”
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Training & Community Response Services (ATCoRS) were delighted to deliver Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training to year 6 children of St Saviours Roman Catholic Primary School.
Jamie Hindson, from Ryde, who ran a solo half-marathon on the 18 April, 2021 raised £1000 and has kindly donated £500 to the NHS Charitable Fund to be used for mental health community services.
Enhanced visiting restrictions are now in place across all inpatient wards at St Mary’s Hospital.
Due to a rise in positive COVID-19 patients being treated at St Mary’s Hospital, further safety measures have been introduced to help protect patients, staff and the public.
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.