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200 SIGN UP TO TRUST MEMBERSHIP

giddingsnhsOver 200 festival goers signed up to become members of the NHS Foundation Trust at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival.

In a ‘lucky dip’ draw three of those who signed up at the weekend will receive pairs of Wightlink passenger return tickets.    The three to receive Wightlink tickets are:

  • Lorraine Woodward, East Cowes,
  • Mark Turtle, East Cowes, and
  • Ian Brown, Southampton

“I am delighted,” said Ian Brown.  “I have already booked my tickets for a holiday in August but this means I can return to the Island again soon!”

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Isle of Wight NHS Trust is recruiting members to become a Foundation Trust. We aim to recruit 6,000 members by April 2017.  We believe that becoming an NHS Foundation Trust will bring important benefits to the Island and the patients we serve. We will be able to be more innovative, efficient and improve quality to provide an even better service to patients.

It is expected that Isle of Wight NHS Trust members will elect a Council of Governors in early 2014.   By becoming a Member individuals can have a greater say in how things are done in order to achieve the best possible quality of care.    It is voluntary and free of charge but members won’t be given any preferential healthcare treatment.  Any one aged 11 and over can become a Member and only by being a Member can individuals stand to be elected as a Governor.

The Trust’s Council of Governors will comprise 14 members of the public (13 from the Island), 5 members of staff, 1 NHS volunteer and 5 stakeholder Governors drawn from:

  • Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight
  • Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, Tourism & Industry
  • Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • Isle of Wight Council
  • Voluntary Sector Forum, part of the Island’s Health and Wellbeing Board

Margaret Eaglestone, Membership Officer at the Trust said: “We’ve been really pleased by the response to our membership campaign but we still need more people to join.   We’ll be out and about across the Island over the coming months so do please come and talk to us about membership.”Patients and everyone who uses Isle of Wight NHS Trust services are encouraged to ‘Make A Difference’ by signing up as members.   You can do so:

  • Online at www.iow.nhs.uk/ft
  • E-mailing us at [email protected]
  • Writing to us at FREEPOST RTAL-URKZ-GSHK, Membership Office, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, South Block, St. Mary’s Hospital, Parkhurst Road, NEWPORT, Isle of Wight, PO30 5TG
  • Phoning us on 01983-822099 ext 5703

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.

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Photo: Festival organiser John Giddings signs up to the NHS Trust. 

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