NHS urges Islanders to be prepared

By a County Press reporter

Friday, May 23, 2014


A SENIOR nurse at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has urged Islanders to ensure they are well prepared for the bank holiday as health services remain under pressure.

Executive director of nursing and workforce, Alan Sheward said: "Our staff are working incredibly hard to manage this peak in demand, but we would ask Islanders to also help us by only using hospital services if they really need to.

"It is important to ensure that they have enough of their regular medication to last through the bank holiday weekend, and to seek advice on minor conditions from their local pharmacy or GP, or via NHS 111 before visiting the Beacon Health Centre or the Emergency Department at St Mary’s Hospital."

A hospital spokesman said the number of people visiting the emergency department, calling 999 and visiting their GPs with minor complaints that did not need medical intervention was increasing, and advised people to take more care with their health by asking for advice at a pharmacy and treating themselves with medicine cabinet essentials.

Common complaints that could be treated at home or with pharmacist advise included mild skin conditions, coughs and colds, minor cuts and bruises and hayfever and allergies.

The 111 service, for when medical help is needed but is not a 999 emergency, is available 24 hours a day.


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by alan naylor

25th May 2014, at 17:17:25

4 pairs of glasses 2 sets of false teeth remember folks

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by David Blackford

25th May 2014, at 06:15:03

Pie in the sky John. - The only reason the British "economy" is improving is because the Government is not spending money.

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by John Chaundy

24th May 2014, at 16:44:35

There seriously need to start thinking hard about building a new hospital on the Island. It needs on desperately if you ask me.

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by jenifer ahl

24th May 2014, at 10:20:54

I have just come back from Dublin and our friend had to use her GP for a 5 minute consultation costing £60 followed by an xray at £120 I think this is a clue as to NOT abuse our NHS?

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by David Blackford

24th May 2014, at 07:33:58

The only way to enjoy a bit of luxury in hospital is to be filthy rich - footballer etc. or Royalty etc. The rest of us get par for the course

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

24th May 2014, at 06:46:09

Hear hear DK it was'nt meant to be funny fella, a slight touch of wit in relation with another previous post.

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by David Kay

23rd May 2014, at 22:42:46

Tony T - not even funny... I think the staff do an excellent job there - all departments!

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

23rd May 2014, at 19:23:09

Perhaps the staff could do music video to make everyone feel better?

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by Mike Crowe

23rd May 2014, at 19:05:26

George I have to go along with your sentiments.

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by John James

23rd May 2014, at 15:40:32

I might add the children’s ward could do with a lick of paint as well or is that stretching the budget.

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