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Following months of extreme pressure and another very busy weekend, St Mary’s Hospital is facing unprecedented challenges.

Following months of extreme pressure and another very busy weekend, St Mary’s Hospital is facing unprecedented challenges.
19 December 2022

Following months of extreme pressure and another very busy weekend, St Mary’s Hospital is facing unprecedented challenges.

From today all routine outpatient appointments are being cancelled until at least this Friday (23 December). We will continue to prioritise cancer treatment and urgent operations but all other planned surgical activity is being postponed. Impacted patients will be contacted.

Due to the rise in cases of flu, compulsory mask wearing in clinical areas is being introduced with immediate effect.

Juliet Pearce, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied health Professionals, said:

“Almost every day more people arrive at the hospital than leave and many of these urgently need our help and a hospital bed.

“Our teams are working extremely hard to find beds for everyone who needs them. We have added as many extra beds as we safely can, turning our Endoscopy Ward into a 10-bed ward to support the Emergency Department. We have appealed to all of our staff to work extra hours.

“The biggest difference we could make is to safely discharge those patients who no longer need specialist care in a hospital. 25% of people in our hospital today could be better cared for somewhere else.”

We are asking for support from all its partners with this as well as Island residents. Families and friends are being asked to support the NHS by collecting patients from hospital as soon as they are ready to be discharged and to consider offering short term support and care for their loved ones at home.

Dr Michele Legg, Island GP and Clinical Director at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board, said:  

“I cannot emphasise enough how hard colleagues across the Isle of Wight are working together to ensure our patients continue to be able to access the care they need when they need it. Within General Practice this means that some routine appointments may be postponed to help clinicians treat patients who need to be seen urgently, but we will do our best to minimise disruption.

“Please be patient with us as we try to find the best possible way to help you. People can also help by looking out for elderly and vulnerable people in the community during this period of cold weather, and by choosing the right service at the right time.”

We are asking members of the public to:

  • Collect family and friends from hospital as soon as they are ready to be discharged to free up beds for those who need them
  • Consider supporting your friends or family at home if you are able to – there is financial help available.
  • Be extra vigilant in the cold weather and when surfaces are slippery
  • Support friends, family and neighbours with keeping warm, shopping and collecting prescriptions if needed
  • Think about the most appropriate NHS service for your needs and to only call 999 in the event of a life-threatening illness or injury.
  • Visit NHS 111 online or call NHS 111 for heath advice, or alternatively contact your local pharmacist or GP.
  • Download the Healthier Together app for advice if you have children or carer responsibilities. The app can help you decide whether you can self-care at home or if you need help, which service is best for the needs of children aged up to 18. It also provides advice and guidance for pregnant women.
  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and flu if you are eligible and have not yet taken up the offer. Visit www.nhs.uk/wintervaccination to find out more
  • Call NHS 111 or visit www.iwmentalhealth.co.uk if they are in need of mental health support

 

 

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