National Chip Week

A national chip week is being celebrated between the 16th and 22nd of February. The venue will be Stotesburys Fish Bar, 43 St James Street , Nodehill, Newport.

The attraction will be 20% all chips [excluding any other deals]

U3A Lecture

A lecture by the above association will be held at the Riverside Centre on Friday 13th February at 2.00pm, the lecture will be given by Spencer Brown, Educational Officer at the Roman Villa, Brading.

The title of the lecture will be;-

“The Brading Roman Villa, 10,000 years of continuity through change”

There is free entry, with tea, coffee and biscuits available, a raffle will be held to support association funds. Contact Nicola on 718767 for more information

Agincourt 1415-2015

The Historical Association – Isle of Wight Branch.
Wednesday 4th March 2015
Prof. Anne Curry, University of Southampton will presents a talk on Agincourt 1415-2015
At Riverside Centre, Newport. starts at 7.30 pm and finish at approximately 9 pm. Doors open at 7.05 pm

Island Flower Club

2015 Programme.

February 11– Sue O’Brien—   Inspired by William Morris.

March 11——Philip Holley–  Tropical Treasure.

April 8——— Marlene Irving–‘Blue Peter’ all the way.

May 13——- Shelagh Richardson–Destination flowers.

June 10——-Angela Turner– Happy Days–Open meeting

July/August  Summer Break.

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at Wootton Community Centre, Brannon Way. Doors open at 1.30pm for 2.00pm start.

Visitor and new members welcome.

St. Mary’s Board Meeting

The next board meeting of St Mary’s Hospital, Newport will be held on Wednesday 28th January in the School of Health Sciences Building in the South Hospital.

The meeting is schedule to start at 9.30am and finish at 12.30pm and is open to members of  the general public.

World War One Road Show

There will be a combined First World War road show at the George Street Centre, Ryde on Saturday 24 from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm. The road show is being sponsored by Carisbrooke Castle Musuem, Ryde Social Heritage Group, Historic Ryde Society and Vectis Military Historical Association.

There will be displays of wartime memorabilia and experts will be on hand to answer any questions.

New Hospital Facility

NHS Trust to open new 13 bed community based unit to ease pressure on St. Mary’s

NHS Trust to open new 13 bed community based unit to ease pressure on St. Mary’s

New facility to be called ‘Poppy Unit’

The health and social care system on the Isle of Wight has been under pressure this winter and a variety of new schemes have been put in place by the Island’s multi agency System Resilience Group chaired by Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).   The Island received £2.4m to support the NHS through this winter and this has been used for a variety of projects including the opening of a 13 bed ‘step down’ unit in the Community.  The new Unit also facilitates changes at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The Board of Isle of Wight NHS Trust have now approved, subject to ratification on 28th January, the opening of the 13 bed community facility for patients who no longer need to be in an acute hospital but could move to alternative accommodation to complete their inpatient stay. Whilst at the Unit the final co-ordination of their discharge arrangements will be made.  For some the discharge may be to your nursing or residential care home.

The new service, to be called ‘Poppy Unit’, will be located at Solent Grange, a nursing home just outside Newport.  The Unit, which will be located on one floor of Solent Grange, will be managed and staffed by the NHS Trust and will have a separate Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration from Solent Grange. It is expected that individuals transferred from St. Mary’s will only spend up to five days at Poppy Unit whilst longer term arrangements are made for them. 

Nikki Turner, Associate Director for Community and Mental Health Services at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said: “This new Unit is for when a patient is ready to leave an acute hospital bed and they no longer need active treatment provided by a hospital consultant.   Our hope is that this new temporary facility will help ease the pressure on St. Mary’s but more importantly provide a good quality experience and environment for patients who, for a short period of time, need to be placed somewhere whilst longer term arrangements, for example a package of care, is put in place.”

The Trust has appointed Charge Nurse Stuart Elliot to lead Poppy Unit.   Stuart said: “This is an exciting opportunity for me and the team we are putting in place to run Poppy Unit.   The same quality standards, policies and procedures that apply to other Trust services and facilities will be followed at Poppy Unit.   We’re looking forward to providing a quality experience for everyone every time.”

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.