£48MILLION NHS INVESTMENT WILL HELP FUND NEW EMERGENCY FLOOR AND MAINLAND BEDS FOR ISLANDERS

A new emergency care floor at St Mary’s Hospital, improvements to the ambulance service and community health hubs are among the spending priorities for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s £48million investment funding.

The trust was awarded the funding in 2019 by the Government to improve services for the community, and the trust has since created its ‘Investing in our future’ strategy.

In an update given at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s annual general meeting on Thursday, Darren Cattell, director of finance, laid out what the plan is so far.

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Of the £48million awarded, £10million will be invested in additional beds at the Portsmouth Hospital University Trust to ‘ensure greater resilience for the Island population’ when they are treated on the mainland. The remaining £38 million will be invested to directly support healthcare buildings and IT on the island.

Initial plans for the whole sum, based on an acute services review in 2018, would have seen £30million invested off-Island to benefit Island patients but plans have since changed.

Mr Cattell said he was excited about the Portsmouth partnership as well as some of the work proposed for St Mary’s.

Some of the investments include:

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  • A new emergency care floor and integrated high dependency unit at St Mary’s
  • The first of 3 hubs to bring community, mental health and primary care services together – 1 at St Mary’s, 1 in Newport town centre and in Sandown.
  • Digital infrastructure investments, including in the ambulance service.

Mr Cattell said:

“We are in our planning phase but I’m really pleased the board has approved the wider area network business case for the first of £2m investment in our digital technology to improve our infrastructure and to help us move forward at pace with all our applications and clinical systems.

“We have a real opportunity now to make a significant difference in our journey to outstanding.”

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has today been awarded ‘good’ in its most recent Care Quality Commission inspection, following a ‘requires improvement’ rating in 2019.

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The change in rating has also brought the NHS Trust out of special measures.

Executives say they are now planning on how to reach ‘outstanding’ in its next inspection.

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Onmywayout
Onmywayout
22 days ago

My local doctors need to get the phone line fixed first no one ever picks when I call.£30 million will get lost on crap.you won’t get any better service on the island.

Can I say something
Can I say something
22 days ago

All departments are over stretched, it’s a nice idea but a bit late in the day. We need to double the size of the hospital or build a new one

Me me
Me me
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22 days ago

Yes build a new hospital in another town would make alot of sense we had 3 hospitals and it was so much better st Mary’s seam to loose all the money given to them easily and services still don’t run that well

jon
jon
22 days ago

just a hot air cloud those pigs are flying up in

Nick Black
Nick Black
22 days ago

All very laudable, a new Emergency Floor…
What about the front-line staff to actually work there?
Countless occasions in the past has seen the NHS open new wards, only to ‘mothball’ them due to the lack of front-line staff.
Get rid of a ‘few’ layers of totally unnecessary middle/senior management, then, and only then, will thee be any real chance if an improvement to patient care and services!

Jonty Don
Jonty Don
22 days ago

Could we not use the money on reducing the waiting lists ?

rodney burt
rodney burt
22 days ago

Lets hope it happens could be a game changer for patients having to go to the mainland for treatment but don’t for get the transport links

Steph
Steph
21 days ago

As someone who has 26 years nhs experience on the shop floor. Most of this money will be sucked by by highly paid consultations, meetings, planning, a massive management structure. Then some developers will get rich. A tiny percentage will benefit patients

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