Flower display at St Mary’s hospital

Mary Flynn 'Flower Screen' on display at St. Mary's web lge

Press Release

31st January 2016

Mary Flynn ‘Flower Screen’ on display at St. Mary’s

Artist Mary Flynn, who lives in Newport, Isle of Wight has installed outdoors and on public display her artwork ‘Flower Screen: 2105’ at the Renal Dialysis Unit entrance, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight.

‘Flower Screen’ is made from salvaged materials, including circular plastic forms salvaged from the shore and coastline along with recycled domestic products such as CD’s and brightly coloured and distinctive plastic coated wire.

Inspiration to make the artwork came when Mary saw a ceremonial bouquet of artificial flowers in the museum at the Swiss Cottage, Osborne House, East Cowes, fashioned in silver and gold tinsel, coloured silks and beads from Malta. These wired flowers were made into a complex arrangement using a now practically extinct craft technique.

‘Flower Screen’ was first displayed in the walled Garden at Osborne House in autumn 2015 and has now transferred to St. Mary’s until Spring 2016.

The artwork is on continuous free public display. The Renal Dialysis Unit is located at the North Hospital. Public Parking is also at the North Hospital site. Consult site map on arrival.

For further enquiries about the artworks on public display at St. Mary’s and the differing artform arts and health programmes of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust please contact Healing Arts Director, Guy Eades, telephone 01983-534253 or e-mail healingarts@iow.nhs.uk,  You can also find out more about the Healing Arts programme at www.iow.nhs.uk/healingarts.

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.

Island Flower Club

These meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at the Wootton Bridge Community Center , Brannon Way, Wootton Bridge.

The 2016 programme is as follows,

10th February.    Sue Swaby— New beginning.

9th March.          Emerald Anniversary–Celebration at Lakeside–Club member and guests–Luncheon.

13th April            Michelle Davis–Fly me to the moon.

11 May.                 Pam Welsh.

8th June.             Open meeting–Emily Broomhead–A floral Odyssy.

For details contact Kate Newcombe 01983. 564369

Next meeting of the Clinical Commissioning Body.


Press Release31st January 2016

Governing Body to hold meeting in public 04/02/16

The Governing Body of the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding a meeting in public.    Members of the public, media and interested groups are welcome to attend.

The meeting is being held at 10:30a.m. on Thursday 4 February 2015, between 10:30 and 13:00 in the Green Rooms 1&2, Ventnor Town Council, 1 Salisbury Gardens, Dudley Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1EJ.   The venue is accessible for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.  There will be an opportunity to view information about healthcare on the Island and meet the members of the Governing Body.

Further information about the meeting and the agenda and papers will be available on the CCG website www.isleofwightccg.nhs.uk at http://www.isleofwightccg.nhs.uk/default.aspx.locid-02hnew02j.Lang-EN.htm

The CCG is responsible for the Islands health care budget and commissions healthcare on the Island and the mainland on behalf of Islanders.   The Governing Body comprises: two Island GPs; three lay advisors including one responsible for Patient and Public Involvement and one for audit and Governance; a secondary care doctor; a registered nurse; and the Chief Officer, Chief Finance Officer and Director of Quality and Clinical Services.

The issues for discussion at the meeting include:

·       Performance across the services commissioned by the CCG

·       The impact of current pressures on scheduled operations and non urgent GP referrals

·       Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response

·       An update on the My Life a Full Life strategy

·       Funding and planning for NHS services for 2016/17 and the CCGs commissioning intentions

·       The delegated commissioning of Primary Care

·       The Transforming Care Programme

The next meeting  of the Governing Body will be held on Thursday 31 March 2016, 10:30 to 13:00 at Freshwater Memorial Hall, Avenue Road, Freshwater, Isle of Wight PO40 9UU.

February board meeting of the Isle of Wight NHS. Trust.

The next board meeting of the above trust will take place on Wednesday 3rd February in the meeting room at the Ryde Health and Well Being Centre [Note the change of venue]

This is an open meeting and is open to the public.

Press Release

30th January 2016

Trust Board Meeting – 3rd February 2016

The next meeting of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Board, is to be held on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at 09:30 a.m. in the Ryde Health and Wellbeing Centre, Pellhurst Road, RYDE, Isle of Wight, PO33 3DT. Please note the different venue.  During the course of 2016 the Trust Board meeting will be holding some meetings in venues away from St. Mary’s Hospital.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and the papers will be available on the Trust’s website at www.iow.nhs.uk under the ‘about us’ section.  The direct link is http://www.iow.nhs.uk/about-us/our-trust-board/2016-board-papers.htm

Items on the agenda include:

·       Recognition of staff achievements including the Employee of the Month award (nominated by service users and carers)

·       Updates and reports from the Trust Chairman, Chief Executive, Executive Medical Director and Executive Director of Nursing

·       Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Council

·       Performance of the Trust across all areas including ambulance, community, hospital and mental health services reported in the Trust performance report.

·       Winter Plan Progress Report

·       Trust Response to Mazars Report on Southern Health FT

·       Statement of Readiness Report – Emergency Planning

·       Quality Improvement Plan Monthly Update

·       Reports from Serious Incidents Requiring Investigation

·       Feedback from patients and staff including actions from ward and clinic visits by Board members, and filmed patient feedback

Mark Price, Company Secretary and FT Programme Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said: “We encourage members of the Trust, the public, staff and anyone with an interest in the Island’s health service to attend our Trust Board meetings to see how the local NHS is governed.  Although the Trust Board meeting is not a ‘public meeting’ at which anyone can speak members of the public are invited to send questions in before the meetings to board@iow.nhs.uk.”

The next meeting of the Trust Board following this meeting will be on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 in the Conference Room – School of Health Science Building, St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, IW PO30 5TG.

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

Activity days at Newport Roman Villa

Clay Day at Newport Roman Villa

Monday 15 February – 11am – 3pm

£1 per person to include entrance and all activities – booking not required

Drop in and make your own Roman clay animal to take home. 

Get Crafty at Newport Roman Villa

Wednesday 17 February – 11am – 3pm

£1 per person to include entrance and all activities – booking not required

Drop in and make your own Roman wall painting to take home. Create a colourful design and paint it onto a plaster panel.

Newport Roman Villa, Cypress Road, Newport, PO30 1HA, 01983 529720

For further information 01983 823433 museums@iow.gov.uk


Views sought by St Mary’s hospital

Press Release

28th January 2016

Quality Account Goals 2016/17 – Views Sought

The Island’s major provider of health services is seeking views on the priorities to be included in its Quality Account for 2016/17.   You can view previous Quality Accounts on the Trust’s website at http://www.iow.nhs.uk/Publications/quality-account.htm.

Alan Sheward, Executive Director of Nursing says: “There have been many improvements in services over the last five years.   We are now seeking views on the Quality Goals for 2016/17, which will support the development of the Trust’s annual Quality Account.  The Quality Goals need to reflect the diversity of our organisation and be linked to the three main areas of quality which are:

1.      Patient Safety

2.      Clinical Effectiveness

3.      Patient Experience

“Thank you for taking the time to share your views with us and helping us determine the quality goals for the coming year.”

You can help the Trust set the priorities for 2016/17 by completing the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2016-17QualityGoals.   You can also write to Mandy Blackler, Business Manager, Patient Safety, Experience and Clinical Effectiveness Team, Trust HQ, South Block, St. Mary’s Hospital, Parkhurst Road, NEWPORT, Isle of Wight, PO30 5TG or by e-mailing quality@iow.nhs.uk.     Please respond by 9th February 2016.

The old Arreton village c1900

Painting of Arreton c 1900

This painting shows the old village of Arreton and from the dresses of the two girls one would say it was done around 1900, the scene itself can be viewed if one stops at the White Lion public house in Arreton and walk up to Arreton church.

Press release from St Mary’s hospital.

Press Release 

27th January 2016 

Diarrhoea and vomiting circulating in the community

Staff at Isle of Wight NHS Trust have been made aware of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting circulating in the community.   The Trust would therefore like to remind visitors to the hospital that it is vitally important for those who have been unwell with vomiting and/or diarrhoea recently, especially if they have had these symptoms in the past 48 hours, if possible, to stop visiting patients, relative or friends whether they be in hospital or nursing or residential care homes.

Alan Sheward, Executive Director of Nursing and the lead director for infection prevention and control says: “I would ask members of the public who have had diarrhoea and vomiting to refrain from visiting St Mary’s unless they have been clear of the symptoms for at least 48 hours.   Everyone visiting the hospital for any reason is encouraged to make use of the hand gel and hand washing facilities provided. This is not only to protect patients who are vulnerable, but also our staff who are needed to deliver our services.”

It is vital that anyone who is feeling unwell with vomiting and/or diarrhoea, planning to visit their friend or relative in hospital, nursing or a residential home, stays at home for at least 48 hours after the symptoms stop to avoid the spread of infection.  Keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids is very important, particularly for the elderly and the very young that are most at risk.  If the symptoms persist, telephone NHS 111.    Further details of symptoms are available on the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk.

Good hygiene is important during outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting as it is highly contagious.  To prevent becoming infected it is very important to wash your hands with soap and water after you have been around someone who is ill.  Thorough cleaning of hard surfaces with a bleach solution, paying particular attention to the toilet and toilet area will help to reduce the spread of the virus.

Appointment of a Lay Chair


Press Release

26th January 2016


Lay Chair of Whole Integrated Systems Redesign (WISR) Board appointed

Experienced public involvement expert appointed to oversee improvements in health and social care for people on the Isle of Wight

A specialist in Stakeholder Engagement and Community Development has been appointed as the new Chair of the Isle of Wight Whole Systems Integrated Redesign (WISR) Board, the Chairman of the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (IWCCG) Dr. John Rivers announced today (26th January 2016).

David Newton, Senior Partner at Corporate Impact – an organisation specialising in improving public services through community engagement – and Lay Advisor to the IWCCG on Patient and Public Involvement will take up the position of Lay Chair of WISR Board from today.

David moved to Cowes with his family 14 years ago, following an earlier career in communications and fundraising which led him to become the global Community Affairs Manager for the Body Shop International.  After that he headed-up charities on the Island and mainland before setting-up his own business.  David will now play a critical role in ensuring that the citizens and communities of the Isle of Wight are leading and shaping the way in which health and care services are improved.

The appointment of the WISR Lay Chair and the procurement of national expertise in organisational change from KPMG and access to national clinical and non-clinical advisors in providing the best services to local people marks the beginning of the implementation of the WISR programme. This scheme is being supported by a Government grant which the Island has received as part of national NHS programme to transform the way health and care is delivered across England.

The WISR is a core element of the ground-breaking My Life a Full Life programme, which is one of the 50 projects across England developing new ways of providing care under the national New Care Models programmes. The new models developed, will act as blueprints for the future of the health and care system in England.


Besides delivering benefits for people in the near future, the project will also help ensure health and care provision is sustainable for the long-term given the fact that more and more people are living longer, often with complex needs, at a time when NHS and local authority funding is struggling to keep pace with demand.

John Rivers, Chairman of the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group, congratulating David on his appointment said:

“We are delighted to have someone of David’s calibre on board. He is a highly experienced and well respected expert in community and patient engagement with a career spanning over 25 years.

“His appointment will strengthen the WISR work programme by ensuring it is focused on the needs of citizens and communities. His arrival is timely as it comes at the point at which we are working with national experts in change management to move into the implementation phase of the work.

“I am looking forward to working with him so that we can drive forward further improvements across the local health and wellbeing system.”