Extra beds to ease pressure on the wards

By Sara Bryce

Sunday, January 12, 2014


EXTRA hospital beds are planned at St Mary’s Hospital during the winter to ease pressures on the health system.

The NHS Isle of Wight Trust planned the 18 extra beds — 12 beds on St Helens ward and six on Whippingham ward — to take the number of inpatient beds from 232 to 250.

The six beds on Whippingham Ward opened last Friday, while the 12 beds on St Helens ward may be opened depending on patient levels.

The need for the beds is to be reviewed later in January.

Four beds on the rehabilitation ward, which were set for closure, are also due to remain open throughout the winter months.

A report into the hospital’s winter planning also said it would ensure wards were safe, with sufficient members of staff, and extra schemes, such as crisis response and acute GP support, were in place to avoid unnecessary admissions.

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk


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by alan naylor

13th January 2014, at 13:28:35

Keith your so right my spelling really do s sucks Im working at it during the summer on the beach and Lee did you not know its always 5 oclock somewhere ps and the suns shining have a good day Alan x

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by alan naylor

13th January 2014, at 03:18:04

Just re veiwed ALL the posts below and not one on the subject matter I must put this down to the VERY POOR education record on the island or perhaps you all suffer from Island Maroon Syndrom I was not going to add to the appery but felt it my duty to try and help the sick

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by Mike Crowe

12th January 2014, at 19:10:10

Lee, if you want an 'interesting read'.......



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by Mike Crowe

12th January 2014, at 18:25:09

No passers by Lee. A very 'secure' establishment. Inside Portsmouth Dockyard.

I started to write a book about the tunnel once. Have to dig it out and finish it. It's about a prisoner who escapes through the tunnel, but he is not the first. They vanish from the nick and don't turn up until 'the heat is off'. Where do they go? ..... :-)

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by Mike Crowe

12th January 2014, at 16:58:22

Lee, you don't need to take the bars off the windows and if you like the occupants can wear their own clothing. The old 'Detention Barracks' in Portsmouth Dockyard have been taken over by the Royal Marine School of Music and the cells now make ideal practice rooms.

Have a look at this video of a 'parade' and look at the clothing and the cell windows.


By the way as a matter of interest, there are two, at least, Isle of Wight lads there.

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by David Blackford

12th January 2014, at 09:22:04

The hospital has no other choice - but sadly it can get a bit stressful for patients on more crowded wards - noise factor mostly

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