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Emergency Department at St. Mary's very busy today
31 October 2018

The Emergency Department and Wards at St. Mary’s Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight (part of Isle of Wight NHS Trust) have been very busy over the last 48 hours. We have seen an increase in the number of people seeking the assistance of the Emergency Department 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.

If you have a relative or friend in St. Mary’s as an inpatient it is important that they are able to leave hospital as soon as they are medically fit to do so. Relatives and friends can help by assisting with the plan for their relative or friend to be discharged including helping to make their home ready to receive them.  Staying in hospital longer than necessary can delay recovery, put the patient at risk and reduces the hospital’s capacity to admit other patients.

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.    There are extended opening hours at a number of medical centres across the Island and details can be found on each GP practice’s website.   

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.

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