St Mary's Hospital Isle of Wight Day Sunny

CRITICAL INCIDENT DECLARED AT ST MARY’S AS HOSPITAL COMES UNDER PRESSURE

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has declared a critical incident in response to sustained pressure on its services, meaning it will only treat people with life-threatening conditions and injuries at its emergency department.

High levels of demand and difficulties in discharging people into social care means that St Mary’s Hospital is close to capacity.

The Trust has declared a critical incident because it allows it to take additional steps to maintain safe services for the people who need them.

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The Emergency Department (ED) remains full and there is very limited space to treat emergency patients. As a result, the hospital is only able to treat people with life-threatening conditions and injuries, so anyone who arrives at ED without a life-threatening condition or injury will be redirected to alternative services that can help.

Steve Parker, Medical Director, said:

“Our immediate priority is to ensure we can care for the most seriously ill patients, and we are focusing on discharging safely as many patients as possible.

“We ask that families and loved ones support us with this and collect patients as soon as they are ready to be discharged.”

The public can help by ensuring they are seeking help from the most appropriate health services and only attending A&E for life-threatening emergencies. If you are unwell, visit NHS 111 online for 24/7 advice about the most appropriate care for your needs

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Ben
Ben
4 days ago

I got an idea why not build thousands of new homes and bring people over from the mainland?

Sam
Sam
Reply to  Ben
4 days ago

Love this

Last edited 4 days ago by Sam
fred
fred
Reply to  Ben
4 days ago

It’s holiday goers dumb ass.

Ben
Ben
Reply to  fred
3 days ago

What it’s holiday goers that move into new builds? Think your the dumb ass

IMO
IMO
Reply to  Ben
4 days ago

Better still, lets allow the third world know for having huge amounts of offspring even when they are NOT paid to have them, so even more when they are, to come here as well.

John Goatface
John Goatface
4 days ago

Well going to happen as folk can’t get to see a GP .
Large excess of home deaths being hushed up presently as the covid only NHS we had for so long now comes home to haunt us.

pcw
pcw
Reply to  John Goatface
4 days ago

I thought it was only my family who can’t get to see our GP.
So what are we actually getting for our NI and for that matter our Council Tax???
If you were paying a company for a service that was far below what you would expect for your money you would be entitled to refuse to pay until you get what you would expect for your money!

Chris
Chris
Reply to  pcw
4 days ago

You could always pay privately, then you would have exactly what you want and when you want it. Fed up listening watching hearing moaning about how awful it is. Move to America where you pay for absolutely everything in insurance no payment no treatment.

IMO
IMO
Reply to  pcw
4 days ago

YOU are paying for the third world to come, and give birth and be paid for all the children they then have.

Hence no money left for those of us who have worked all our lives here as our parents did to make a health service for US not every freeloader who chooses to come here, illegal or not.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
4 days ago

 it will only treat people with life-threatening conditions and injuries at its emergency department.

….
surely they weren’t treating those with non life threatening conditions or injuries at the emergency department before- after all, if it isn’t life threatening or a serious injury – then it isn’t an emergency anyway and should be dealt with elsewhere.

too many people rushing into a and e with a broken fingernail or similar pathetic reasons.

Last edited 4 days ago by isle of wighter
truthouts
truthouts
4 days ago

The council are responsible for this situation with their continued obsession of building new houses when there is no increase in healthcare.

Blame it on “bedblockers” though, as it is a very easy smokescreen and bound to divide opinion and get one generation blaming the other.

Why does a “bedblocker” cause the closing of A&E? If you are walking wounded from one of the islands myriad of cars on their roof accidents and you need to have injuries treated, why would you be turned away? You don’t need a bed, just patching up.

Cal Orific
Cal Orific
Reply to  truthouts
4 days ago

If the wards can’t discharge patients because there is no care available in the community then A&E can’t move patients they have stabilised to the wards.

If A&E can’t move patients to the wards then there is no room for new patients who come in by ambulance.

If A&E can’t accept new patients who arrive by ambulance then the Ambulance sits outside and is unavailable for further calls.

If the ambulance is unavailable because it can’t transfer the patient it has on board into A&E then you won’t get an ambulance when you call 999.

There. Not too hard to understand, was it?

truthouts
truthouts
Reply to  Cal Orific
4 days ago

OK Brainiac, let me spell it out in a nice easy question for you.

What has any of your scenarios have to do with turning casualties away from A&E that may need assistance for breaks, cuts etc and do not need beds or ambulance?

Janesville Read
Janesville Read
Reply to  Cal Orific
4 days ago

Very well said

*MrJones*
*MrJones*
Reply to  Cal Orific
4 days ago

No – it isn’t hard to understand, when you look at the political history behind this catastrophe. But it shouldn’t have happened. And would not have, if the NHS (et al) hadn’t been starved of public money all these years. Grrr.

Martin Shoebridge
Martin Shoebridge
Reply to  truthouts
4 days ago

Because for some, once triaged in A&E you get sent to an appropriate ward, be it AAU, oncology, etc. If those wards are full you get stuck in A&E in a corridor. Happened to me… no big deal but for some, it’s probably very distressing.

truthouts
truthouts
Reply to  Martin Shoebridge
4 days ago

Fully understand that scenario but my question was how does bed blocking close A&E?

Bob
Bob
4 days ago

Can people with non-threatening life conditions suspend their NI contributions since they’re unable to use the service?

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
4 days ago

When will this council stop building more and more crap houses, and decide that the island needs another hospital, that is why there is ALWAYS critical incidents being announced. If bungling Bob got his finger out of his sausage he could actually see what is going on, not just jumping on the latest bandwagon, and trying to make it his own idea. But then of course he won’t do that. The NHS was never on the high priority list for the tories. They are more concerned in privatising it all.

Old school.
Old school.
4 days ago

We clapped for them, we understood their need to make stupid tik tok videos, we’ve put them on a pedestal and supported their need for payrises, which they’ve happily taken from our wage packets.
The NHS has become a sacred cow.
A sacred cow that has no compunction about farting in our faces.
You nearly killed a dear friend with a shoddy and long awaited operation, you certainly changed his life, that’s for sure.
I’m done with you NHS, I have no faith, or love for you. Get stuffed, I and many others are fed up with your excuses and blaming patients for managerial issues.

YIGAF
YIGAF
Reply to  Old school.
4 days ago

It’s not the fault of the nurses etc., who do a great job but management above them. I firmly believe that behind the scenes the NHS is slowly and deliberately being run down and privatisation will take its place.

Peaky Blinder
Peaky Blinder
Reply to  Old school.
4 days ago

Not just managerial issues. The reason we are seeing so many problems in the NHS is a decade of Tory mismanagement, underfunding and cuts to social care.
All part of the master plan to privatise the NHS I’m sure…

Bob
Bob
Reply to  Old school.
4 days ago

Wouldn’t and couldn’t have said it better myself.

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Old school.
4 days ago

The staff don’t deserve the barrage of abuse about the service,it’s not there fault. They do a damn good job under stressful circumstances, many go home and cry, as they went into the job because they care. The words, KIND and THANK YOU seem to have been lost in most peoples vocabulary.

Janet.
Janet.
Reply to  Chris
3 days ago

As an ex staff nurse.you have hit the nail on the head .so to spk …thank goodness I’ve.retired….

Arthur Sausage
Arthur Sausage
4 days ago

To many overners without infrastructure to cope with influx.
Again us islanders suffer!

Mrs T
Mrs T
4 days ago

Pass me the binoculars, trying to spot the lesser stethoscoped GP.

Helen
Helen
Reply to  Mrs T
4 days ago

I can’t even spot one with my binoculars lol. Can someone explain what GP’s are doing nowadays now that they are not available to see patients, where are they hiding?

Letting you know
Letting you know
4 days ago

Loads of visitors clogging up our only hospital, how they going to manage when all these houses are built….

gorob
gorob
4 days ago

Well you can’t see a Doctor.
You can’t see a Dentist.
You will just have to get on with it if your sick, in pain, or just injured.
What a debarcal….
I had to have a blood test this week at Carisbrooke Surgery…IT WAS EMPTY, not another person waiting either before or after I had been seen.
The receptionist was not on the phone and saw one person asking for something in the 20 minutes I was there yet try to phone them and you will not get through as THEY ARE SOOOOO BUSY NOT.
This all started with Covid and now its the norm.

Chris
Chris
4 days ago

I blame the doctors that are still getting paid big money for doing nothing

Sack Them
Sack Them
4 days ago

Why do we pay such high salaries to so many ‘managers’ who simply cannot manage??

Rob Ashton
Rob Ashton
4 days ago

Why are bed blockers not charged for their stay when they are able to leave the hospital?

Janesville Read
Janesville Read
Reply to  Rob Ashton
4 days ago

No care homes to take them, or no care package in place

Me me
Me me
Reply to  Rob Ashton
3 days ago

No carer’s is the fact they need to pay a decent wage then the problem would be sorted

Janet.
Janet.
Reply to  Rob Ashton
3 days ago

Yes they are ready to leave hospital ..but where is the support in the community to help these.patients. I’m a retired.staff nurse thank goodness .worked in NHS for.24 yrs hope one of your family never end up in this situation .why pay they have probably paid there due ….get real ….

jen
jen
4 days ago

thank the government for forcing jab.many care service staff left then and dont blame them.freedom of choice and all that.cut managers pay and put it into more staff

ink
ink
Reply to  jen
4 days ago

I don’t know why people are voting your actual fact based diagnosis of the problem , what you have said is truth , and those that are blocking beds in the 3 wards full.. Are refusing to move to another place as its to far for there relatives to visit. So why aren’t these so called relatives not putting up their family and looking out for them. Plain selfishness .

Janet.
Janet.
Reply to  ink
3 days ago

Wheredo you get this information from about bed blocking ????I don’t know any patients that want to stay in hospital .and may be they have no relatives .or the relatives are elderly themselves .so please don’t call them PLAIN SELFISHNESS .every case is different …..there is a problem with help in the community …People who are discharge need to go to a safe environment otherwise they will have to go back in hospital again …..same same why do I know this !!!!! I’m a retred nhs staff nurse of 27 yrs !!

jen
jen
Reply to  jen
4 days ago

shows how gullable the red thumbers are on here as what iv said is true lol
do your reserch…not on bbc1 or sky news!

Surfingwithsharks
Surfingwithsharks
4 days ago

Can we rename it St Fair

fred
fred
4 days ago

Because of the way treated me a few years ago when I went in with a collapsing lung, I now go directly to Southampton Hospital, the islands hospital is of no use to me. It’s quicker to get a boat over to the mainland than being left on a trolley for eight hours then having to go to the mainland for treatment anyway.

Ryde Monkey
Ryde Monkey
4 days ago

not sure why the NHS is getting the blame. it is mainly the social care sector as there is a shortage of care places and crucially shortage of care staff. it comes from decades of under-funding primarily under Conservative government, and paying peanut wages to carers. the camel’s back is now broken, people won’t work for peanuts anymore.

can’t see that the IoW council has an effective solution, so it’s only going to get worse.

Janet.
Janet.
Reply to  Ryde Monkey
3 days ago

At last some one that knows what they are talking about..from an ex 27 yrs.nhs.retired staff nurse .

Me me
Me me
4 days ago

A total disgrace really what’s happening to are NHS on the island doctors won’t c you ,now the hospital can’t hope there’s major incidents over the weekend. This country is in a terrible state really where are all my taxes and money going

Bojosays?
Bojosays?
4 days ago

Tried to collect my wife back in December, took over 4 hours to discharge her, they don’t seem to move very quickly

Ben
Ben
Reply to  Bojosays?
4 days ago

Exactly I have heard this many times yet they get called bed blockers maybe it’s the NHS causing the bed blocking

Ekky strump
Ekky strump
4 days ago

We talk about bedblockers like it’s their fault? It’s not, it’s our pathetic social services and the lack of placements for those who can’t return home without help isn’t it. There have been times when elderly people were discharged on their own in the pj’s without any care of who or how they we’re getting home at all which is just as shocking!
The system has to change end of story! Get more help outside of the hospital so the people they’ve treated ( and thankfully survived!) can get help to return home again. It’s the grey areas that need cleaning up, and yes it’s toppers in A&E with tourists and people relocating here too.

Last edited 4 days ago by Ekky strump
Lazy Painter
Lazy Painter
4 days ago

Nothing to do with the monkey pox patients in a ward there forcing a virtual lockdown, then? Nobody wants to talk about that, but some staff (enough to make a significant impact) are refusing to work. Covid was one thing, but monkey pox? Fair play to them, I say. Cue a van from IWCC and its Tourist Board paramilitary wing outside my house…

Eamon Devalera
Eamon Devalera
3 days ago

Yes you’ve just got to agree your pathetic and headless people have to go to the erectile disfunction department instead of AE some accountants stupid idea again when will they learn they need a larger hospital its pathetic

 

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