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Date: 30 May 2023
A new pilot project which offers people an alternative location for their healthcare appointments has launched
The NHS on the Isle of Wight will be strengthened by the appointment of two experienced leaders.
The latest National Audit of Care at the End of Life results shows that our Trust continues to set the bar nationally in continuing to deliver high quality of care to people coming to the end of their life.
HRH the Duchess of Gloucester has officially opened our new £1m Ambulance Station at St. Mary’s Hospital which is home to the IW Ambulance Service
Our Ambulance Service has welcomed 12 special new recruits to their team this week to help reduce stress in the workplace.
From Monday 17 April 2023, visitors to St Mary’s Hospital and our other sites are once again no longer required to wear face masks in most clinical areas, unless it is their personal preference to do so.
IOW stroke services has received an ‘A’ star rating; the highest for stroke care in the region in the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP).
The COVID-19 spring vaccination programme is underway and St. Mary’s Hospital Vaccination Hub is offering the spring vaccine to those who are eligible.
Young people on the Isle of Wight are starting great careers with the NHS as part of a collaboration between the Island’s NHS Trust and local training provider HTP Apprenticeship College.
Today the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board (ICB) published papers ahead of its Board meeting on 29 March 2023.
Islanders will have better access to tests and treatment thanks to a new £10m Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) at St Mary’s Hospital.
Isle of Wight clinical nutrition nurse specialist, Deborah Shrubsole, has been shortlisted for a British Journal of Nursing Award, in the Nutrition Nurse of the Year category, for developing a feeding tube passport and kit bag that is helping to keep patients at home and maintain their independence.
Research study could help prevent many infants from severe illness
Our Trust has welcomed the confirmation of £21.5m of additional funding to modernise digital technology, IT infrastructure and clinical systems.
Isle of Wight NHS Trust student nurse, Jade Wareham has reached the final in two categories for the 2023 Student Nursing Times Awards.
One of our community first responders has praised the care he received after having a heart attack in the early hours of Tuesday 8 November 2021.
The Island’s veteran community and members of the public are invited to come along to a veteran’s engagement event at St Mary’s Hospital on Thursday 2 March.
A stronger partnership between neighbouring NHS trusts will help tackle the long-standing challenges of delivering healthcare for the Isle of Wight and ensure the provision of high quality, safe, and sustainable services to all the populations they serve.
A huge thank you to the Friend's of St Mary's for funding £1,295 for a small but incredible piece of equipment, known as an EMMA device, to add to the rapid response kit that is held by the on-call Operating Department Practitioner team.
A once in a generation investment programme into local NHS services has taken a major step forward as building work officially started in January at St Mary’s Hospital.
Results published by the Care Quality Commission show positive experiences for pregnant women and their families
The Trust’s Health-based Place of Safety (HBPoS) suite at Sevencacres has recently been redesigned and refurbished to ensure patients are provided with a safe and secure assessment environment.
Maternity staff at St. Mary’s Hospital welcomed 3 babies on Christmas Day 2022.
St. Mary's Hospital is still in Critical Incident status, facing extreme and sustained pressure on all its services following a significant rise in flu, Covid-19, and Strep A admissions.
Following months of sustained pressure and an extremely busy weekend, the situation at St Mary’s remains extremely critical.
From next week there will be further changes across St Mary’s Hospital site to enable work to begin on our new emergency care floor.
Our Trust is celebrating being awarded the Veteran Aware accreditation.
Our Ambulance Service and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service (HIWFRS) launch a Cardiac Arrest Responder scheme to help save lives.
Isle of Wight Maternity Services has received a Good rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
The Trust is proud to celebrate its first cohort of Registered Nurse Degree Apprentices who completed their nursing qualifications, in partnership with The Open University.
Our Isle of Wight Ambulance Service have held an award ceremony to thank all volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs).
Our Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service Patient Transport Service team (PTS) is proud to welcome three new Volunteer Ambulance Car Service drivers (VACS).
Following an increase in demand for emergency care, we have declared a Critical Incident.
The way pregnant people access urgent care is transforming with a new app
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service (IWAS) ran another successful and ambitious large-scale night exercise yesterday evening (22 November) at the Isle of Wight Military Museum in Northwood.
Our end of life care team on Wellow Unit have been shortlisted for The Sun’s Who Cares Wins health awards in the ‘Best Team’ category.
From Monday 21 November 2022 there will be a number of changes at St Mary’s Hospital as work is set to begin on a once in a generation investment programme to improve the Island’s NHS infrastructure.
If you want to make a difference in your community and would like to find out more about a career in community healthcare, we would love you to join us at our virtual recruitment event to find out more.
The situation at St Mary’s has improved but remains serious as pressure continues across all NHS services.
Our multi-million pound Investing in Our Future programme to improve the Island's NHS services is about to begin.
The blood test department at St Mary’s Hospital will be relocating from Monday 31 October 2022 from its current location on Level B to the North Hospital.
Our Trust has declared a Critical Incident today (Tuesday 25 October) in response to significant pressure on hospital services.
This Sunday, 16 October 2022 is World Restart a Heart Day
A once in a generation capital investment in our NHS services is about to begin on the Isle of Wight.
Work to improve patient care and outcomes, reduce waiting times and bed occupancy, and to transform community mental health provision on the Island will start in November.
The IOW NHS Ambulance Training & Community Response Services (ATCoRS) team received national recognition in September for outstanding service and exceptional support services for their work during the pandemic.
Isle of Wight NHS Trust has declared a Critical Incident today (Tuesday 11 October) as it takes steps to protect patient safety.
Today it’s World Mental Health Day (Monday 10 October) with a world focus on making mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority
With so much uncertainty across the world and many people feeling the pinch of the cost-of-living crisis, more people are likely to experience poor mental health with increased stress, anxiety and depression.
We are appealing to Island residents for help in easing the ongoing pressure on our services.
The Trust welcomed its first cohort of 13 young learners, who joined the Careers for Young People Programme earlier this month (5 September).
This innovative training programme was developed in partnership with colleagues from HTP Apprenticeship College as part of a two-year education programme which offers a route into a fulfilling NHS career.
Following a review carried out in 2020, Isle of Wight NHS Trust has introduced new parking charges for patients and visitors from 3 October 2022.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Community Mental Health Service have been shortlisted for a Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) Award in the category ‘Psychiatric Team of the Year 2022: Working-age Adults’.
This Organ Donation Week (26th September to 2nd October) Isle of Wight NHS Trust and NHS Blood and Transplant and are calling on people to register their donation decision and talk to their families about organ donation as more than 6,500 people are actively waiting for a transplant across the UK.
If you would you like to be part of a vital expanding team, ensuring high standards of cleanliness are achieved for our patients, visitors, and staff then we would love to see you at our recruitment open day on Saturday 1 October 2022, from 10am to 2pm.
We remain under significant pressure despite calling an end to a critical incident caused by high levels of demand for emergency care.
In response to sustained demand for our services, we have declared a Critical Incident today (Wednesday 21 September 2022).
We are working towards achieving national Veteran Aware status to ensure the best possible NHS care is provided for veterans, their families, and to those who are still serving in the UK’s armed forces. We will be holding a drop in event on Thursday 29 September 2022, from 10am to 2pm, for members of the public to come along and meet representatives from a range of veteran support services.
From Thursday 1 September 2022, visitors to St Mary’s Hospital and other Trust sites are once again no longer required to wear face masks, unless it is their personal preference to do so.
Biomedical Scientist, Jussna Mateen and Indian restaurant, Eastern Eye, in Sandown have raised an incredible £1,200 for The Friends of St Mary’s Hospital by organising a tasty takeaway meal for some hungry pathologists at Isle of Wight NHS Trust.
Our Ambulance Service has awarded the Ryde Beach Lifegaurd team with an Ambulance Service Commendation Award for their outstanding contribution and support.
If you are looking to start your career in healthcare then come along to our recruitment open day for healthcare support workers on Saturday 20 August 2022 from 10am to 2pm at St Mary’s Hospital.
The Wight Strollers have made their 10th Public Access Defibrillator donation following the enormous success of their most recent pantomime, Dick Whittington.
We are thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted in three categories for this year’s Health Service Journal Awards (HSJ):
We have taken the decision to stand down the critical incident that was called last week in response to sustained pressure on its services.
We have declared a critical incident in response to sustained pressure on our services.
High levels of demand and difficulties in discharging people into social care means that St Mary’s Hospital is close to capacity.
Our senior doctors and nurses are appealing to residents to support St Mary’s Hospital as it deals with increasing demand for services.
With Cowes Week underway, we are urging residents and visitors to to take extra care to stay safe outside.
A new service to provide year-round mental health crisis support to adults across the Isle of Wight has gone live in Ryde.
Ryde Safe Haven offers any over 18s on the Island a ‘safe space’ out of hours on Fridays, weekends and bank holidays.
It follows the success of Newport Safe Haven, which opened three years ago and has, in the past year, supported more than 650 people, who live across the Island.
To support the needs of our Island patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer we have a dedicated multi-professional clinic, based in our ear nose and throat department, in place for those who have to travel to the mainland for treatment.
One of our student nurses, Jade Wareham, has been shortlisted for a Royal College of Nursing Award after sending off her submission the day before the deadline.
This week we have launched our ambitious response to the challenge of climate change with a new 3-year sustainable development plan
We have had to make the difficult decision to postpone our Summer Fete due to take place on Saturday 23 July due to the potential fire risk caused by the recent heatwave.
We are delighted to announce that its Community Continence Team has been shortlisted for a Nursing Times Award 2022.
Our Executive Team are warning of the impact of unprecedented pressure on local health services and are appealing to local residents for help.
Our Dementia Outreach Team have extended their community outreach service to provide a seven-days-a-week service, open from 8am to 6pm, for people on the Island who have been diagnosed with dementia.
We are reintroducing mask wearing at St Mary’s Hospital and other Trust buildings following a rise in COVID-19 cases.
Our cancer patients will be the first in the world to benefit from chemotherapy delivered by drone as part of a new trial.
We are inviting the Island community to our annual summer fete on Saturday 23 July 2022 at St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, after a 2 year hiatus.
As the UK marks Cervical Screening Awareness Week, women on the Island are being reminded of the importance of booking their cervical screening appointments. Figures show nearly a third of those eligible are not coming forward for their appointments.
Our End of Life Care Service has received national recognition for its services to support people, and their families, who are receiving end of life care.
From Monday 20 June 2022, visitors to St Mary’s Hospital and other Trust sites are no longer required to wear face masks, unless it is their personal preference to do so
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.
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