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rydecommunityclinicThe Isle of Wight NHS Trust and its partners, supported by the My Life A Full Life programme for better co-ordinated health and social care services, have announced that Ryde’s new Health and Wellbeing Centre will be opened to patients from 1st June.

The Trust-owned facility will bring huge benefits to the Ryde community according to the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

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A range of community services previously provided by the Trust at Ryde Outpatients Clinic and Swanmore House on Swanmore Road have relocated to the newly refurbished building on Pellhurst Road. Those services include:

  • Podiatry
  • Physiotherapy, including Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Pain Clinic and Acupuncture
  • Blood test service (Phlebotomy)
  • Mental Health Services, including Psychological Therapies
  • Health Visitors and Midwives
  • Speech and Language
  • Chronic Pain

The building will also have a café area run by volunteers recruited by the Friends of St Mary’s Hospital, who use their profits to buy facilities for the NHS on the Island.

Although the building will initially house healthcare services, it is the hope of the partner organisations that it will become a flexible community space offering a more coordinated approach to delivering both health and social care, with greater access to voluntary and other community services.

Karen Baker, Chief Executive of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said:

“We are delighted to be able to significantly improve the environment in which patients will be seen. But this is also a fantastic opportunity to change and modernise the way we offer healthcare services, in a better way for the people of Ryde. This is a great opportunity to transform care for people, families and carers and we’re looking forward to developing the use of the building to provide other services.”

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Among the many benefits are parking facilities for patients; a total of 15 car parking spaces will be available, which includes 2 disabled spaces, the majority of which are dedicated to patient-only parking. The Trust has also worked closely with the Island’s bus operator, Southern Vectis, which has re-routed its Number 37 service to ensure it serves the new Pellhurst Road centre.

Councillor Steve Stubbings, Executive member for adult social care and community wellbeing at the Isle of Wight Council, said:

“This will be a great facility for the people of Ryde, bringing together a range of health and wellbeing services in one place without the need to travel into Newport for treatment. As our work to integrate health and social care services progresses, the new clinic will become a central hub for the Ryde community and something we will be looking to replicate in other areas.”

An Open Day is being held to allow residents the opportunity to view the new centre before it opens to patients. Everyone is welcome to attend the drop-in session between 10:00 and 14:30 on Saturday 23rd May at 57 Pellhurst Road, Ryde, PO33 3DT.

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