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Date: 09 December 2021
On behalf of everyone at Isle of Wight NHS Trust thank you for your incredible efforts to support the NHS during 2020.
We are truly grateful for the positive way you have responded to the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The impact that the restrictions have had on all of us has been huge and the news that our island is now in Tier 4 will come as a blow to many.
I understand how difficult this is for people, for families and for businesses.
But the situation is very serious and without urgent action our health and social care services will be put under unbearable pressure.
The number of positive cases locally has increased steadily over recent weeks and spiked dramatically in the last few days.
We are currently treating more people with COVID-19 in hospital than at any point during the pandemic and our services are already stretched by winter pressures.
The thousands of people that make up our Trust are working tirelessly to make sure that we can continue to provide safe care.
We have opened more general and intensive care beds and set up a second Isolation Unit.
Emergency and cancer surgery will continue but we have stood down non-urgent surgery to free up beds and clinicians to maintain the safety of our services.
Some outpatient appointments will have to happen by telephone or video call and we may have to reduce these appointments further in the weeks ahead.
The impact of the increased spread of COVID-19 on the NHS is real and it is impacting all of our services.
We need your help now more than we ever have.
This virus is dangerous and it is spreading more quickly than before.
You can help us by doing everything you can to stay safe. Now that we are in Tier 4 restrictions we need you to stay at home.
Please follow the Hands, Face, Space and ventilate rules:
You can read more about the Tier 4 restrictions on the Government website here.
There is hope on the horizon with the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccines but the next weeks and months are so crucial.
Don’t forget there are a range of NHS services here to support you:
If we come together as a community and support one another through the difficult times ahead then we can all look forward to better times in 2021.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive
Isle of Wight NHS Trust