Conductors baton, Wootton Brass Band 1903

We have been fortunate in being given permission by Martin Sparks who owns the baton to display pictures of the conductors baton presented to the then bandmaster Mr Coffen in 1903.

A picture of the brass band in 1900 can be found on the main web site in Galleries, under Old Wootton.

.Pictute of the village bandmaster baton 1903 Baton in display case.

Inscription on conductors baton Inscription on conductors baton.

Tip of conductors baton Silver tip of baton


Careers fair update

Press Release  

14 June 2016

NHS Careers Fair – another great success with 400 attending

The second NHS Careers Fair, held on 16 April 2016, built on the success of the previous one held in November 2015 with the whole of the Education Centre at St Mary’s Hospital used as the venue to showcase an extensive range of services.

The event was attended by over 400 people and even though it was aimed at students who attend Secondary School on the Isle of Wight to influence their choice of educational options, anyone interested in healthcare was welcome.  We were delighted to recruit two much needed, fully qualified nurses on the day; one for Theatre and one for Intensive Care Unit.

A total of 25 departments from within the Trust promoted their areas of expertise including Theatre; Resuscitation Team; Nursing (Community, Paediatric, School and Adult Nursing); Respiratory Department; Occupational Therapy; Ambulance Service; Memory Service; Midwifery; HSDU (Hospital Sterilisation and Decontamination Unit); Pharmacy; Pathology; Mental Health; Diagnostic Imaging; Estates; Learning Disability Team; Finance; Physiotherapy (Orthopaedics); Medical Education; Clinical Research; Lifelong Learning (Apprentices); Health & Safety; Human Resources & Volunteering.

In addition, representatives from the University of Portsmouth and Southampton were present promoting Nursing and Research respectively.

The Isle of Wight College attended promoting their Access courses and there was literature available from HTP (Hospitality Training Partnership (IOW) Limited).

There was also a strong My Life a Full Life presence with stalls for Age UK IW; Earl Mountbatten Hospice MH; Volunteer Centre; Youth Trust, the Red Cross and Scio Healthcare.

Visitors were given hands-on demonstrations by using manikins to try out CPR, wearing of an Age Simulation Suit and a range of equipment including fire hazards and back care.

Dr Lynn Lansbury of University of Southampton commented:

“Thank you for letting me join in with the Careers Fair. It is a fantastic event with the most diverse range of NHS careers I have ever seen together”

Marcia Meaning commented on our Facebook page saying:

“The careers fair was excellent; my daughters spent two hours talking to a range of healthcare professionals.  It has confirmed my eldest daughter’s decision to enter nursing and given my 15 year old the opportunity to explore some options other than nursing – she was especially interested in Occupational Therapy”

More information about careers in the NHS can be found at and jobs in the NHS are advertised at

Children’s memorial service at St Mary’s Hospital

Press Release

14th June 2016

Children’s Memorial Service

Sunday 26th June 2016
St. Mary’s Hospital

Parents and families are warmly invited to attend this year’s annual Children’s Memorial Service at St. Mary’s Hospital. The service takes place on Sunday 26th June at 3pm alongside the hospital duck pond and is a service of remembrance for families who have lost a child.

Two of the Island’s NHS Trust Chaplains, Rev Kelvin Burke and Rev Janet Hallam will lead prayers and there will be a release of balloons. Rev Kelvin Burke, Senior Chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital feels privileged to be supporting the service. Rev Burke, said: “The service is for any parents or families whose children have died, from infancy through to the age of young adults, either through illness or tragic accidents.  Everyone is welcome to attend, whatever their faith. Whether it is their first year since their bereavement or whether they come year after year to remember their children who remain ‘forever young’, we warmly welcome them all. It is a real privilege to support this annual service.”

Michael and Anita Lees are grandparents and attend the service each year to remember their granddaughter who featured in the very first service. Mrs Lees, said: “It gives the opportunity for those who have experienced such a sad, momentous loss, to meet together, sing together, pray together and to talk to each other, if they wish.  They have all experienced this loss and know exactly the depth of feeling.  They understand each other.  They are ‘kindred spirits.’ Some families have been coming since its inception and to ‘meet and greet’ and this service has been a major part in their healing.  They have all loved and lost a precious child but ‘love’ is always with them.

Mr Lees, said: “It is a service for children, with familiar songs and references to favourite passages in children’s books and quotations.  The release of lovely, coloured balloons delights young siblings and adults alike, and much love is sent up to the children as they slowly drift up into the sky.”

In the event of bad weather the service will be held in the School of Health Sciences building adjacent to the duck pond at St Mary’s Hospital

St Mary’s Hospital press release 14th June

Press Release

14th June 2016 

Putting the spotlight on Rheumatoid Arthritis 

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Awareness Week 13-19 June 2016 

The Rheumatology Clinical Team at St. Mary’s Hospital are putting the ‘Spotlight on Rheumatoid Arthritis’ this week and encouraging everyone to be aware of the early warning symptoms which are not always acted upon as soon as they could be.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects the immune system by attacking the lining of the joints causing inflammation which leads to symptoms such as pain and stiffness. Being a systemic disease, it doesn’t just affect joints but can affect a person’s whole system, including organs such as the lungs, heart and eyes.

Dr Mark Pugh, Consultant Rheumatologist and IW NHS Trust Medical Director, says people with early symptoms such as swelling and joint pain don’t always seek help from their GP as they can often put symptoms down to overdoing things: “As with all long term conditions, seeking help, treatment and support as early as possible gives the best possible outcome. Rheumatoid arthritis has traditionally been considered an older person’s condition but this isn’t always the case. We are seeing more young patients now and the sooner we can diagnose, the sooner treatment can start and the better the long-term outcomes are likely to be. Some outcomes can be exceptionally good with patients going on to lead full and active lives if the condition is diagnosed early and is under control.”

The Rheumatology Clinical Team based at Laidlaw Rehabilitation Unit, St. Mary’s Hospital provide a range of services and treatments for patients referred by their GP with joint pain. Waiting times are currently at an all-time low with new patients being assessed by a Rheumatology Consultant within three weeks of a referral and investigations are carried out to identify the cause of symptoms. Joint pain doesn’t always mean rheumatoid arthritis but it is important to diagnose quickly.

To assist in the diagnosis of RA an exciting new service will soon be available. Muscular skeletal ultrasound will be undertaken at St. Mary’s Hospital for specific rheumatology patients. This specialist service will allow clinicians to more accurately assess the joints and modify treatments accordingly. Dr Telegdy, Consultant Rheumatologist is trained in muscular skeletal ultrasound and is looking forward to being able to offer the service locally. Dr Telegdy, said: “The ultrasound scan will supplement the blood tests, x-rays, clinical examinations and history taking of patient symptoms which we currently use to monitor the disease progression in joints and treatment outcomes. Some patients may need additional drug therapy, but equally important, some patients may demonstrate disease remission and be able to reduce or stop drugs altogether.”

The Rheumatology service is always looking to improve the experience of patients and explore new technologies. A study is currently underway to improve the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients presenting with symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. The outcome of the study will enable patients suffering with other neurological conditions to be directed towards more appropriate diagnostic and treatment services.

Patients who have attended the clinic over the last year will have noticed the absence of traditional paper medical files being used by the clinicians. The service has been at the forefront of efforts to go paper light and modernise communication systems to make them faster and more readily available to professionals involved in patient care.

Elaine Healey, Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: “We have a good team at Laidlaw and our patients seem to enjoy coming to the unit, so much so that some of our patients are now volunteering in the Laidlaw cafe which is really great to see. And we are very lucky to have an excellent patient support group who continue to work with us in helping to develop the rheumatology service and further improve the care we give to our patients.”

The important signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis to be aware of are:

  • pain, swelling and possible redness around your joints. Hands and feet are often affected first although rheumatoid arthritis can start in any joint
  • stiffness in your joints when you get up in the morning or after sitting for a while, which lasts for more than 30 minutes and has no other obvious cause
  • fatigue that’s more than just normal tiredness

For more information about Rheumatoid Arthritis see and



Patient Council vacancies at St Mary’s hospital

Press Release

8th June 2016

Want to be a member of our Patient Council?

Help shape the future of integrated healthcare.

Isle of Wight NHS Trust has a limited number of vacancies on the Trust’s Patient Council and we are offering members of the public an opportunity to apply.

The Patient Council, which is made up of 25 members, meets every six weeks, on a Monday afternoon, to discuss developments and plans that could impact on patients and the wider Trust.

The Patient Council provide a patient perspective and pursue or help address matters identified as important by patients.  Members of the Council are involved in shaping strategies and new initiatives within the local health scene and they provide regular representation to various committees and board meetings.

We would be interested to hear from you if you are:

·       Able to add to diversity of Patient Council membership

·       Available on a Monday at 2.00p.m. (once every 6 weeks)

·       Able/willing to commit self to additional activities as they arise, e.g. joining other groups/committees, undertaking ward visits

·       Able to respect confidentiality

·       Able to focus on a broad range of discussions, rather than exclusively on own areas of interest

·       Enthusiasm for the principles of the NHS and ability to engage with patients, staff and the public

Head of Communications and Engagement at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Andy Hollebon said: “Patient Council members play a vital role in the Trust.  From commenting on patient information to participating in service redesign the Patient Council helps the Trust improve and innovate but we need more people to take on this important role.”

If you are interested in joining the Patient Council please contact Jo Cram in the Communication, Engagement & Membership Team on 01983 822099 Ext 6184 or email by the 30th June 2016.

Press release from St Mary’s Hospital

Press Release

2nd June 2016. 

No better time to say ‘Thank You’

National Volunteers Week 1-12 June 2016 

If you work with or come into contact with one of the 500 or more volunteers working at St. Mary’s Hospital and across the Island community, taking the time to say a personal ‘thank you’ to them would mean a lot.

The dedicated team of volunteers who work with local NHS services provide invaluable support in helping staff to deliver the best possible care and making every patient’s visit to hospital or clinic a better experience.  From giving a welcoming smile, a reassuring word, a friendly escort, to assisting on the hospital wards offering hot drinks to patients, helping with the completion of menu cards, undertaking errands and talking to patients. The roles are varied and all help patients and staff to feel listened to, valued and cared for as well as help to make a staff member or patient’s day that little brighter.

Hannah Joyce, Isle of Wight NHS Trust Volunteer Co-Ordinator joined the Trust recently and has been overwhelmed by the generosity and spirit of her team of volunteers: “We are incredibly lucky to have such dedicated people who give their own time to help others,  for free, week after week. Our volunteers are efficient and independent and are very much considered respected members of the teams they work alongside. Volunteers really do make a difference. Of all the positive feedback I get from our volunteers, the moments that seem to mean the most are when they get a personal ‘thank you’ from patients and staff. So this Volunteers Week we are encouraging staff and patients to take a minute to say ‘thank you’ to them for all that they do.”

Some of the roles volunteers are involved in include:

  • Helping on the wards and clinics
  • Befriending patients
  • Chaplaincy
  • A &E listeners
  • Members of the Patient Council
  • Hospital Car Service drivers
  • Leaflet and poster maintenance
  • Gardening
  • Meet and Greet.

Volunteers also work with organisations like Sunshine Hospital Radio ( which broadcast to the hospital bedside 12 hours per day, 7days a week, and the Friends of St. Mary’s Hospital (, who provide the shop, café and ward trolley services.


For more information about the role of a Volunteer in the NHS got to



Recipes contributed by R. Richardson

The following reciepes have been contributed by Mr Richardson

International Recipes.


Chile Bisque. Take eight large sweet chili pepers, remove he seeds and viens, boil and pulp, add a cup full of boiled rice and mix the ingredients into a smooth paste. Well season with Tabasc0 and salt. Beat in a half a cupful of cream and add a quart of hot milk. Place the bisque into the mixture and bring to the boil, serve immediately, by pouring over toasted squares of bread.

Cordero. Cut a pound of young lamb into small chunks and fry with a sliced oion in hot lard. When nicelybrowned, add three peeled and sliced tomatoes together and three green peppers which have ben chopped up finely. Cover with two quarts of water and simmer slowly, then add a cupful of green peas, one of green corn cut from the cob, a half-cupful of rice, season with salt and chili pepper to taste. Work into a raw egg a teaspoonful of oil and a half teaspoonful of vinigar, place this into the bottom of a soup-tureen and pour the soup over it.

Mexican Noodles. Use two quarts of any clear stock. For the paste, take a small cupful of grated Parmesan cheese and one of flour, and a little salt and cayenne. Beat four eggs and slowly add, also a half-cupful of cream to make a rather thon batter. Bring the stock to the boil and and slowly add the batter through a small but course sieve. it will make long strings which yhen must be boiled for ten minutes.

Rancheros. Fry a large cupful of minced vegetables  [mostly onions] in a small amount of butter. When light brown, mix in a small cupful of flour and place the pan in the oven to allow the mixture to brown without buring. Empty the mixture into three quarts of stock soup and add two cupfols of dried stewed tomatoes, eight cloves, half a bay leaf and a teaspoonful of chopped chili pepper. Cook for one hour, skimming the top occasionally, season with salt to taste.

Chili Con Carne. cut a pound of fresh pork into inch chunks and part boil. Soak five chiles in hot water, take out the seeds and viens , wash well and place on a mortar board and pound to a pulp. Add a little garlic, black pepper, two cloves and cooked tomatoes. Fry in hot lard, then add the meat with some of the liquid in which the pork was boiled and add a little salt. cover and let cook down until the mixture thickens.

Editors note, I have not personally tried the recipes.