Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group meeting

29th October  2015

Governing Body to hold meeting in public 05/11/15

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 5th November 2015 in the East Cowes Town Hall, York Avenue, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6RU.  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 at:

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; two lay advisors: one responsible for Patient and Public Involvement and one for audit and Governance; a secondary care doctor; a registered nurse;  and the Chief Officer and Chief Finance Officer.

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

·       Safeguarding Annual Report

·       End of Life Strategy

·       An update on the My Life a Full Life strategy

The next meeting  of the Governing Body will be held on Thursday 4 February 2016, 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.

Mental health summit 27th October at Ryde

Press Release 

21 October 2015


Big Mental Health Summit to promote recovery and hope

10am – 4pm, Tuesday 27 October 2015, Community Learning Centre, Ryde.

With 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing a mental health issue each year, organisations from across the Isle of Wight are coming together to highlight the wide range of support on offer.

The Big Mental Health Summit is a celebration and exhibition of the opportunities on the Island that promote and support recovery and hope and are an important part of the Island’s My Life a Full Life programme. It is being held between 10am – 4pm on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 at the Community Learning Centre, Westridge, Brading Road, Ryde.

The event is being supported by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group, Isle of Wight Council, the independent and voluntary sector, as well as My Time CIC, a social enterprise that provides family and counselling services.

A series of workshops are being held covering areas such as art and film, how to set up a social business, building self-esteem and confidence and how to access higher education. Exhibition stands will provide information on opportunities and support available across the Isle of Wight.

For more information, contact the My Time organisation via email or Paula Peachy, My Time Project Administrator, by email or phone 01983 537286.

To find out more about the types of issues involved in the provision of mental health services, visit the King’s Fund short animation designed to help people understand mental health services in England and how they integrate with physical health, social care and other public services. It also reminds viewers of the importance of co-designing all health and care services to meet physical and mental health needs – and how all health professionals have a part to play in helping people get the right support at the right time.

The animation, released to coincide with World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October 2015, was produced with valuable input from experts by experience, mental health professionals and mental health charities, and can be found at An alternative guide to mental health care in England.



Leaflet by Southern Water

The leaflet below has been leaflet produced for distribution by Southern Water, It show interesting information as to how they intend to supply the island with water in the future, especially in light of all the new houses being built, currently about 50% of our water comes from the River Test in Hampshire, what happens to our water supply if there is a drought in Hampshire?

Leaflet produced by Southern Water

Other information show on the leaflet to conserve water/supply the island is as follows

1.Reduce leakage, 2. Upgrade water treatment works ? 3. Build a desalination water plant on the Isle of Wight.



Pressure on the local health & social care services

St Mary's Hospital c 1990  Source unknown c 1990.

Urgent message from St Mary’s Hospital.

At 11:40am today (12 August), the Isle of Wight NHS. Trust declared a Major internal incident within the hospital and this afternoon, a system wide Black Alert was called.

This has resulted in all day surgery, routine and outpatient clinics at St Mary’s Hospital being cancelled from this afternoon. The exceptions are some children’s outpatient appointments, maternity services, oncology clinics and walk-in blood tests which will continue as planned, as below:

  • Paediatric outpatients and Hysteroscopy Clinic in Maternity are both continuing to run as normal.
  • The Phenylketonuria (PKU) Clinic in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will run as planned tomorrow (Thursday, 13 August)
  • Children’s Outpatients will run as planned tomorrow morning
  • Haematology clinics are still running as usual, although there may be some cancellations where patient transport is unable to collect patients
  • There is still a walk-in service for blood tests at St Mary’s Hospital
  • Patients should still attend oncology clinics at St Mary’s Hospital

All community service clinics, including those based at St Mary’s Hospital, are not affected by the current situation.

Please do not attend any healthcare setting if you have had symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea within the last 48 hours without seeking the advice of from the 111 service.

It is expected that routine appointments will also be cancelled for the remainder of this week. On Tuesday, we took the difficult decision that all elective (planned) operations would be cancelled for the remainder of this week.

This is to enable clinical staff to focus on setting up emergency clinics, to help us to continue to see urgent cases from the Emergency Department.

Why have we reached this situation?

We apologise to all patients who have had their appointment and/or procedure cancelled.  The decision to cancel any appointment or procedure is not taken lightly, or without full consideration of the potential impact to the patients concerned, however we have reached a point whereby patient safety may be compromised if we continue to accept patients. As the current demand on our services is too great, the hospital cannot continue to operate business as usual. We are, however, doing everything we can to prioritise our fast track cancer patients.

The situation is down to number of reasons, but it is mainly due to bed capacity in the hospital and in the community. We have around 14 medically fit patients who can’t move out of the hospital due to a lack of nursing home beds. A large number of nursing home beds have recently closed for a number of reasons. Other reasons include patients waiting to have a package of care in their own home.

What are we doing about it?

The Trust is continuing to work with the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) local authority’s social service teams and the Island’s nursing and residential care homes to ensure those ready to leave hospital can be found appropriate placements.

Families and carers of patients who are fit to be discharged from hospital are being asked to do all they can to help ensure that their relatives and clients can leave hospital to be cared for in a more suitable environment as soon as they are ready. This may include supporting families to take their relative back to the mainland or supported care nearer to the relatives home.  It is well known that patients recover more quickly when in their own home or a non-hospital setting.

We are continuing to ask patients whether they would be willing to travel to the mainland for treatment or convalescence. We are also exploring whether there are any nursing care beds on the mainland for short term placement, that could accommodate patients who are ready to leave hospital.

We are very grateful for the support of our NHS workforce, partners and colleagues, including Age UK who have continued to help us ensure that patients who are medically fit can be allowed back home. This has included making sure those patients’ homes have the necessary equipment so that they can be safe in their own environments.

We are also increasing our nursing capacity to enable us to open more beds.

Medical Assessment Unit Events Cancelled

It is with regret that we have had to take the decision to cancel the Official Opening and Public Open Day of our new Medical Assessment Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th August. This is due to the significant and ongoing pressure our health services are experiencing.  We apologise for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause to those who were planning to attend.

Where to get advice for non life-threatening cases

A&E. and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.  Your local high-street pharmacy can help you deal with minor illnesses and complaints such as coughs, colds, flu, stomach upsets, aches and sprains.

If you feel it’s not a 999 emergency, but you need medical help fast, dial 111.  NHS. 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Alternatively, to find out where your local NHS. services are, go to and use the service finder.

Advice for older people

We are advising elderly people:

  1. If you’re feeling under the weather, get help as soon as possible. See your local pharmacist or get advice from []. The earlier, the better.
  2. Speak to your friends, family or carer if you are feeling under the weather. They can help you to get advice from your local pharmacist or from []. The earlier, the better.
  3. If you have a bad cough, trouble breathing, a cold or sore throat, tell your friends, family or carer before it gets worse. The earlier, the better.
  4. Getting advice from your local pharmacist or by visiting []early may help prevent your bad cough, trouble breathing, cold, or sore throat from getting worse. The earlier, the better.
  5. Local pharmacists provide expert advice to help you manage your long-term condition or can even help you if you have a bad cough, trouble breathing, a cold or sore throat. They have longer opening hours than GP practices, and most have a private consultation area. They’ll also tell you if they think you should see a doctor.

We are advising the friends, families and carers of older people:

  1. If you are visiting or caring for an elderly relative or friend who is unwell, get advice from []or see your local pharmacist to help manage their care. The earlier, the better.
  2. If you know of an elderly relative or friend who has a bad cough, trouble breathing, a cold or sore throat, get advice from []or see your local pharmacist before it gets worse. The earlier, the better.
  3. If you’re feeling under the weather, get help as soon as possible. Get advice from []or see your local pharmacist. The earlier, the better.

Local pharmacists provide expert advice to help you manage your long-term condition or can even help you if you have a bad cough, trouble breathing, a cold or sore throat. They have longer opening hours than GP practices, and most have a private consultation area. They’ll also tell you if they think you should see a doctor.




Cowes Week 2015

There’s nothing quite like Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week; the oldest and largest annual sailing regatta in the World and an iconic feature of the British sporting calendar.

The event boasts an 8-day schedule combining competitive racing and great fun for the 8,000 competitors racing and 100,000 spectators who enjoy a fantastic line up of shore-side entertainment day and night. Visitors can watch the sailing action from the shore or opt to get out on the water aboard a spectator boat.

The famous fireworks take place on the final Friday of the event. With so much to see and do, keep track of the event plans as they develop in the build-up to 8th – 15th August via the official site:

Events at the Roman Villa, Newport

Saturday 25th July – 11am – 3pm – Free Entry Day at Newport Roman Villa 

To celebrate the Festival of Archaeology Newport Roman Villa will be open FREE of charge.

Come along with your archaeological finds, these will be identified by Frank Basford, the Finds Identification Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

There will be craft activities and a treasure hunt for families.

No booking required – please just drop in between 11am – 3pm Newport Roman Villa, Cypress Rd, Newport, PO301HA, 01983 529720,


Wednesday 12th August – 11am – 3pm – Clay Day at Newport Roman Villa 

Drop into Newport Roman Villa on Wednesday 12th August and make a Roman shrine to take home.

Entry to the Villa to include all activities will be just £1 per person on this special day.

Have a go at the Roman treasure hunt.

No booking required – please just drop in between 11am – 3pm

Newport Roman Villa, Cypress Rd, Newport, PO301HA, 01983 529720,


Wednesday 26th August – Oil Lamp Workshops at Newport Roman Villa 

Make your very own clay oil lamp to take home.

Suitable for ages 8 to adult. All children to be accompanied by an adult please.

Morning and afternoon workshops available 10am – 11.30 or 1pm – 2.30pm

Adults £6, Children £5 (includes entry to the Villa, guided tour and oil lamp to take home)

Booking essential. (01983 529720)

Newport Roman Villa, Cypress Rd, Newport, PO301HA, 01983 529720,

Board meeting St Mary’s Hospital

The next board meeting at the hospital will be held on Wednesday 1st July starting at 9.30 am.

The venue will be in the conference room in the School of Health Sciences, South Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.

The meeting is open to members of the public, the genda can be viewed by visiting

Jottings around the island

Newport.  Charter House, St. Thomas Square is set to open as a “El Patron” venue, with at a later stage, the upper floor converted into a six bedroom hotel.

Carrisbrooke. The Home Bargain chain has submitted plans to the Isle of Wight Council to demolish the old Argos store and the nearby British Heart Foundation building, and erect an approx 2000 sq metre new store.

Freshwater. Rapanui [ethical clothing company] is in negotiations with the Southern Co-op organisation with a view to acquiring the Hooks Hill site.

Lake. Southern Co-op organization has announced that it intends to close its shop when the lease expires.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway – 1940’s

Travel back in time from Havenstreet Railway Station.
Head back to the 1940s when lorry transport was in its infancy, to discover how the railways provided all our daily transport, taking food from the farm to the factory to the shops, and distributing goods and products from the ports to the towns.

As well as our scheduled passenger service our Heritage Goods Train will be in operation. Plus, explore our Train Story Discovery Centre and learn the story of our Victorian and Edwardian railway vehicles, and their lasting impact on all our lives!

Sunday 14th June 10 am to 6 pm. Entry includes Train Story
Adult £12.00 infants/children up to 15 FREE

Festival of the Sea

The Isle of Wight Festival of the Sea will return for a third year, from Monday 22nd June to Sunday 5th July, 2015. The fornight of “anchor” events will include the J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on Saturday 27th June.
“Dinosaurs by the Sea” at Appley Beach on Saturday 4th July will see a record-breaking attempt to form the world’s largest human Tyrannoraurus Rex.
The festival is designed to encourage visitors to plan a trip and experience the Island’s seafearing history and heritage for themselves.