2 ‘TIME CRITICAL’ PATIENTS TRANSFERRED BY LIFEBOAT TO MAINLAND HOSPITAL

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Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat assisted in transferring 2 poorly patients to Southampton General Hospital from the Isle of Wight overnight.

At just gone 23:05, Solent Coastguard tasked the launch of Yarmouth’s All Weather Lifeboat following a rare, time critical request from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

The lifeboat made good speed to Trinity Landing in Cowes – arriving at 23:45 –  where Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team were on hand to assist in transferring 2 patients from awaiting ambulances.

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As quickly and as safely as possible, the individuals were placed onto Yarmouth Lifeboat before being rushed across the Solent to Warsash, Southampton at 00:35.

Photos: @VentnorCRT

Hillhead Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting on the other side to transfer the patients back off the lifeboat and into ambulances for onward conveyance to Southampton General when the lifeboat arrived at 00:50.

Yarmouth’s volunteer crew were back on station by 01:50.

It’s understood that both the air ambulance and the Coastguard helicopter were unable to carry out a transfer.

The patients are not thought to be linked to coronavirus.

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Ashers
Ashers
1 year ago

Nonsense!!! These patients were definitely NOT to do with Coronavirus. But some credit should be given to a certain A&E Dr who stayed beyond his time to travel with them and a certain ambulance officer who organised this at very short notice. Not forgetting the island ambulance crews who provided transport. Well done guy and girls! 🙂

Martin
Martin
Reply to  Ashers
1 year ago

Bet they don’t mention that in the A&E time stats/ambulance response times…..Well done all involved.!

Ken
Ken
1 year ago

One of the biggest reasons for a fixed link. Anyone that still says we don’t need one, must have a screw loose! solentfreedomtunnel.co.uk

KEV
KEV
Reply to  Ken
1 year ago

If you live on an Island this is part and parcel of Island life, If you cannot accept that then Move Permanently to the Mainland.
How about trying to raise money or efforts into improving Island NHS or better/more reliable connections akin to living on an Island
How are you going to get support by insults? You have your opinion and that is your right, more people have proven not to share your opinion, I will not sink to your level by insulting you and I respect your opinion.
I will however reiterate we live on an Island, you have a choice as everyone else, do not insult people you are desperately trying to gain support from, that says more about you than I am prepared to do.

Carol
Carol
Reply to  KEV
1 year ago

Quite right, we’ll said.

Nick
Nick
Reply to  KEV
1 year ago

Is that the best you can do Kev? “If you don’t like it don’t live on an Island?“ Bore off with that one! Living on an Island is great, but – We need Reliable, frequent ferries. Lower fixed costs for all residents. Free of charge journeys for residents that are attending mainland hospitals or visiting relatives in hospital. A regulatory framework that controls and set standards with financial penalties for poor performance.

However, this will not help the poor people who have to be taken in an emergency to the mainland. And that is what this story is about. I hope Kev, that you or your family are not one of those one day, as I suspect no one will put on your headstone, “RIP Kev should have lived on the mainland for faster critical NHS care”

KEV
KEV
Reply to  Nick
1 year ago

I clearly stated KEN would do better raising funds for a better Island NHS and Better, More Reliable Ferry Services, a better funded Island hospital would permanently improve the lives of the Island population and largely negate the need for patients to require treatment elsewhere. A better ferry service would vastly improve the lives for those both unwell and travelling to work. Island life would forever change to the detriment with a permanent link, by definition we would be what Islanders refer to as the mainland.
Island life should not represent poor life, we are UK citizens and should not expect Inferior Health Prospects, We are equal paying the same taxes.

JDF
JDF
Reply to  KEV
1 year ago

No it does not not follow that having a slow link is part and parcel of Island Life, suggesting people move is derogatory and insulting.
Improvement to Hospital services etc. would in all likelihood follow with a fixed link, but we need a study to confirm this, with of course support from local Government and our MP.

“How are you going to get support by insults?” KEV I only replied to your post as I see your opening paragraph as highly insulting.

KEV
KEV
Reply to  JDF
1 year ago

A slow link should NOT be part of island life, and needs improvement. We should NOT need a fixed link to improve the Hospital, I clearly stated KEN would do better campaigning for Funds for NHS improvements, We choose to live on an Island it does not require a fixed link to improve the NHS whilst destroying an Island and turning into the Mainland. We should all have a good health service HERE that is capable of supplying higher capability. Specialist units around the country exist for special needs and are sometimes required by those not in that part of the Country. We as an Island require a better more qualified hospital.
KEN used this as an opportunity to push for a fixed link.

Susan Millmore
Susan Millmore
Reply to  KEV
1 year ago

Lets hope it’s not your relative that could die by not getting to the main land fast enough,that’s all you lot say, if you don’t like it move to the mainland, I couldn’t afford to move the same as i can’t afford to go to the main land. The last time I did it was to a funeral and my brother had to send me the money to go to my mothers funeral.

Bish
Bish
Reply to  KEV
1 year ago

I was born on an island that was better connected 100 years ago! I have seen a disgusting decline in services which has put profits ahead of any other considerations. The population of people retiring here and wanting to remain isolated is already changing the demographics and threatening the livelihoods of the indigenous people. We did not choose to have all our lives cemented here but we do have the right to expect proper connections.

LJ
LJ
Reply to  KEV
1 year ago

Most of us that live here now could not afford to move off if the island. Years ago the island could cope better but more and more facilities have been cut. It’s really not as simple as “if you don’t like it here then move !”

Tim C
Tim C
Reply to  Ken
1 year ago

I totally agree, there is a case for a fixed link of some kind. However this site is the wrong place to mention it as many on here are opposed.
It would increase connectivity, wages, postal links and hold the ferry companies to account.
Many many islands have been connected without all of the scaremongering consequences that are proposed by the opposition.

KEV
KEV
Reply to  Tim C
1 year ago

In a democracy people vote for what they believe in, why have so few put funds towards a fixed link study? because the majority oppose it, not just the people “on here”. how many times have people on this Isle said I want a fixed link in the majority?
What people want is a first class hospital and good decent transport system at a fair price for all.

CLAS
CLAS
Reply to  KEV
1 year ago

This post is about two sick people who urgently needed care at southampton hospital, NOT a fixed link, 🙂 take care!

JDF
JDF
Reply to  Ken
1 year ago

Really nice to see people down voting Ken, it shows a special level of stupid. We need a full report to show how we improve from a partial link with all the inherent faults that create major issues for people and industry, to a sustainable link, having looked hard at this it is clear in my mind we need a full link and not a partial link to enable the Island to thrive.

It is going to be interesting if Covid-19 takes hold and ferry employees start going off sick, no ferry, no transport, no food, no toilet paper, no access to mainland hospitals, no mail,

Alan
Alan
Reply to  JDF
1 year ago

If it gets that bad we are all up S*** Creek. Some of you really ought to get a grip and stop trying to panic the more easily led.

none given
none given
Reply to  Ken
1 year ago

get lost ken – the majority of the island do not want a fixed link – had they wanted it, then this study would have reached its £130k target years ago – feeney and his tunnel mates have been flogging this dead horse for four years and have barely raised £30k. There will not be any fixed link to this island this side of 2050. How many more times do the mindless fixed link drones have to be told – there is no economic benefit to the county that would be putting up with the exit/entrance ramp to any fixed link – it would mean they end up with large numbers of vehicles in their county polluting continually. They do not want it and will campaign against such environmental destruction continually. The more important question is – why did these patients need to go to southampton at that time of… Read more »

Recorder5
Recorder5
1 year ago

Do so hope the patients are now responding well.

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