Motor Cycle Show

The Isle of Wight British & Classic Motor Cycle Club, will be holding a Motorcycle Show at the Riverside Centre, Newport on Sunday 3rd May from 10am until 3pm.

In addition to displays there will be a bike jumble and film show.

Cost £2.50 [children free if accompanied by an adult], free entrance for exhibitors.

For information contact John on 079800 48488.

Isle of Arts Festival

From the 1st to the 4th of May there will festival in Ventnor covering a wide selection of events which will include music, drama, comedy, visual art etc.

Artists will include Robin Cousins [Olympic gold medalist], Elio Pace and his band Mark Thompson [Star Gazer] and various other artists.

More details can be obtained by contacting 01983 475277 [10am-4pm Monday to Saturday] or web site

Closed railway bridge, Park Road, Wootton Common

The following letter was published in the County Press in January 1899 and signed by the  H. Eldridge Statton, Clerk to the Rural District Council.

“Notice is hereby given that in consequence of the unsafe condition of the bridge over the railway at Fatting Park, the road between Palmers Brook and Wootton Common will be closed temporarily, while the necessary repairs are carried out.

PS. Does anyone have a picture of the bridge or information?

Announcement from Island Roads

The announcement is listed herewith because it effects the journeys to and from Newport.

From 0900 hours on Monday 13th April until Friday until 06:00 6th May or when ever the work is completed, no vehicle is to proceed along Staplers Road from its junction with Snooks Hill to its junction with Long Lane, the road will be closed for approximate 6 days and nights during theses dates.

Alternate route will be A3054 Fairlee Road, Racecourse, Lushington Hill, High Street Wootton, Station Road, Whiterails Road and Staplers Road.

Details of work can be found on Island Roads web site or telephone 01983 822440

Wolverton Manor Concert

There will be a concert at Wolverton Manor, Shorwell on Saturday 25th April. @ 7.30pm

The artist will be the international known pianist Martyna Jatkauskaite who has given performances at the manor before.

Prior to the interval the, program will feature the following pieces of music,

1.  Sarcams op17.  by  Prokofiev.

2. Impromptus op. 142  by F Schubert.

[No’s 1,2,3 & 4]


Sonata No2.  op35.  by F. Chopin

Detail can be obtained from

Staffing levels at St Mary’s Hospital Newport

The following data was included in a recent set of Trust Board minutes;-

Staff employed at the NHS trust are;-

Medical and Dental staff                                                                                                                                           158.

Qualified Registered nursing, midwifery and Health visiting staff                                                                 892

Allied healthcare, scientific, therapeutic, technical and ambulance staff registered with the

Healthcare Profession Council                                                                                                                                419.

Healthcare assistants and other support staff                                                                                                      561.

Administration and Estates staff                                                                                                                             878.

Total                                                                                                                                                                             2908

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

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.