Ryde Community Clinic

12 March 2015

Work progressing at new Ryde Community Clinic

Drop-in event being held next week

Work is progressing to create the new Ryde Community Clinic, where patients, their carers and service users will benefit from a more co-ordinated approach to delivering healthcare.

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust currently provides community services at Ryde Outpatients Clinic and Swanmore House, both on Swanmore Road, Ryde. These services will transfer to the new clinic, located on nearby Pellhurst Road, in the coming months. Although an opening date has yet to be confirmed, it is envisaged the move will take place in late spring to early summer 2015.

Formerly known as Shackleton House, the building is being renovated to a high standard to offer a flexible community space, which offers patients and staff a better environment and more space for services that can be accessed more easily.

Services which will transfer to the new Pellhurst Road site include:

  • Podiatry
  • Physiotherapy, including Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Pain Clinic and Acupuncture
  • Phlebotomy
  • Mental Health Services, including Psychological Therapies
  • Health Visitors and Midwives
  • Speech and Language
  • Chronic Pain

A small number of specialist consultant-led clinics have relocated back to St Mary’s Hospital, including Urology, Colorectal Surgery and Gastroenterology. This means that follow-up tests, such as x-rays or ultrasound scans can be carried out at the same appointment, rather than the patient having to travel to hospital for an additional visit, and a further appointment to receive the results. Patients will be able to attend the hospital’s Pre Assessment and Admissions Unit (PAAU) to receive an appointment on the same day and West Wight residents will have better access to clinics previously offered in Ryde.

Mark Pugh, the Trust’s Executive Medical Director, said: “The buildings on Swanmore Road are no longer suitable and do not allow us to provide care in a high quality environment. The refurbished Pellhurst Road site means that we can offer services in a much more seamless way for our patients. We are really looking forward to the benefits it will bring to our patients.”

Among the many benefits are parking facilities for patients; a total of 15 car parking spaces will be available, which includes 2 disabled spaces, the majority of which are dedicated to patient-only parking. The Trust has also worked closely with bus company, Southern Vectis, which has re-routed its Number 37 service to ensure it serves the new Pellhurst Road clinic.

A drop-in event is being held to explain more about the latest developments. Everyone is welcome to attend the session, between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday 18 March at the George Street Centre, Ryde.

Arrangements are also being made for an Open Day to allow the community to visit the new Ryde Community Clinic on Pellhurst Road shortly before it is open to the public. Details of the arrangements for this event will be announced in due course.

St Mary’s Press Release for Easter Weekend

26th March 2015

For a minor illness think Pharmacy First this Easter Bank Holiday weekend

If you become unwell or have an accident over the Bank Holiday weekend, it is important to know who to contact and where to go for health advice and treatment.

On Friday 3rd April and Monday 6th April, all GP Practices on the Island will be closed. If you take regular medication, now is the time to plan ahead and make sure you have a sufficient supply of everything you may need to see you through the four day break.

Chris Smith, Head of Ambulance, NHS 111 and the Emergency Department at St. Mary’s Hospital, said: “Please use NHS services appropriately over the bank holiday weekend. Public holidays are always an extremely busy time for all of our urgent and emergency services.  We want to be able to ensure we can attend to those people with more serious conditions in a timely manner which means anyone with minor illnesses are encouraged to go along to a community Pharmacy for advice.  Pharmacists are medically trained so if your pharmacist thinks your health problem is something more serious, they will be aware when you need to see a doctor.”

A number of community Pharmacies on the Island will be open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Pharmacists are highly qualified professionals and experts in medicines and are a great source of help and advice for minor ailments such as colds, fever, earache, eye infections and more. You can call into any pharmacy and arrange to have a private NHS consultation with the pharmacist to talk about treatment for common illnesses, in confidence, with no appointment needed.

Local pharmacies have recently introduced a Pharmacy First scheme on the Island. If you or your children are exempt from prescription charges then you are able to get treatment for the conditions listed below for FREE, without having to wait to see a GP for a prescription, all you will need to do is a have a quick, confidential chat with the pharmacist.

If you need medical help fast, but it’s not a 999 emergency, the NHS 111 service based at St Mary’s Hospital is able to advise and direct you to the service which can help. You can telephone 111, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Emergency Department at St. Mary’s Hospital and 999 are for life-threatening emergencies, such as:

  • loss of consciousness
  • acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
  • persistent, severe chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • If you have been referred by your GP for urgent assessment

For a list of Pharmacy opening times over the Bank Holiday weekend visit www.iow.nhs.uk

The majority of services provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust are commissioned and funded by Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS England and Isle of Wight Council.

Ryde Phlebotomy Clinic

The above clinic [blood test etc] in Swanmore Road, will close at 1.00pm until the 6th of April, this is due to staff sickness.

An alternative facility exists at St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, and this is normally open from 7.30am until 4.oopm, Monday to Friday [closed until 8.30am Wednesdays for staff training].

Farewell to Wightlink car ferry St Helen.

The car ferry which plied between Portsmouth and Fishbourne and carried a lot of holidaymakers and islanders, made its final journey last week after 32 years service in which it made 104,832 crossings of the Solent.

The car ferry has been sold to an Italian shipping company on the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean and will join her sister ship from the same route St Catherine.

The car ferry was commissioned by the then British Rail for their subsidiary Sealink UK.Ltd and built at the Leith Yard of Henry Robb being launched on the 15th September 1983 and came into service at Portsmouth on the 28th November 1983.

Ploughing Match

A ploughing match will take place at New Wolverton Farm, Shorewell, Isle of Wight, on Sunday 12th April, directions to the event will be signposted from Shorwell Church.

Vintage and modern tractors will be ploughing alongside heavy horses.

Entrance to the event is free but any monies collected will be donated to island charities, the main beneficiary being the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Start time is 9.30am and the match will last until 4.30pm, refreshments will be available.


Next meeting of the trust board at St Mary’s hospital

The next meeting of the Trust Board of St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight will take place in the Conference Room in the School of Health Sciences on the 1st April, this building is located in the south hospital.

Start time will 9.30 am and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Events at the Methodist Church Station Road.

There are a number of events being held at the church over the next few weeks:-

Friday 27th April. Talk by Andy Gustar of Hamilton’s Butchers, Newport [event to include a chicken/bacon supper costing £5.50].

Monday 4th May. [Bank Holiday] Cowes Concert Band in concert with Andy Norman. Retiring collection.

Friday 17th May. Challenge and Adventure, a power point presentation by Karen Eales supper will be provided cost £5.50.

Free parking is available in the railway car park opposite.

Open day at Southampton

As part of the Southampton Science & Engineering Festival there is an Ocean and Earth Day being held at the National Oceanography Center, Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton,  SO14 3ZH.  [through Dock Gate 4] on Saturday 25th April 2015 10-30am until 4-00pm.

The exhibition will be of particular interest to any student on the island studying for university in this field.

Admission to the event is free, and refreshments will be available on the university campus.


Advance notice of a lecture

The Royal Aeronautical Society [Isle of Wight branch] are hoping to organize  another lecture at the Isle of Wight Technical College in May to follow the two recent very well attended meetings.

It is hoped that the speaker will be Spike Jepson a former leader of the Red Arrows display team.

Details will be published as soon as arrangements are finalized.

March lecture of the Isle of Wight Branch of the RAeS

This open meeting of the Royal Aeronautical Society will take place at the Isle of Wight Technical College in conference room on Thursday 26th March starting at 6.00pm.

The subject of the lecture will be career/life of a chief test pilot which was concluded as chief test pilot of Marshall Aerospace and will be given by Iain Young.

More details can be obtained from Liam Condren secretary of the island branch on liam.condren@gknaerospace.com