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The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has appointed their final partner to support the delivery of healthcare services on the Isle of Wight.

Solent NHS Trust, who are already Isle of Wight NHS partners supporting the delivery of the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities services, have been chosen to support the community health services.

This announcement completes a programme of identifying flagship partnerships for the Isle of Wight NHS trust including:

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  • South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust for Isle of Wight Ambulance service
  • Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust for Acute services

The strategic partnership will see the 2 NHS Trusts working together to continuously improve quality of care and patient outcomes; making a difference by enabling more people to remain safe and well in their own home whenever possible.

It will be an opportunity for the trusts to work together, sharing ideas and supporting one another for the benefit of local people.

This successful partnership comes one year after it was announced that Solent NHS Trust would be partnering with the Isle of Wight Trust to support the delivery of mental health services across the Isle of Wight.

Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said:

“We are really excited about the benefits of this partnership and what the future holds. Solent will bring valuable support in our transformation journey to deliver the Isle of Wight Health and Care Plan and we look forward to working together as we continue to make the Island the place to receive great community healthcare.”

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Andrew Strevens, Acting Chief Executive at Solent NHS Trust, said:

“We are excited to be building on our partnership work with the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, sharing best practice and learning for the benefit of all residents on the Island and across the wider Solent region.

“We have a wealth of experience in providing community services to both children and adults. We believe passionately in a ‘Home First’ approach which prioritises patient outcomes and experience and keeps people at, or close to, home with their families and loved ones.”

“Solent is committed to supporting Isle of Wight health care, and are looking forward to working with staff and people in the local community.”

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Geoff Hope

In other words, keeping people at home is the cheapest option. Hence Whitecroft closed and the towns have never had so many troublesome people in them with ‘care in the community’.

Whilst they may not be able to help being so, it is ruining life for normal people and scares many away from towns, thus adding to the demise of the High street shopping.

Karn Evil 9

The only thing this so called “partnership” will hold is less services on the island and sending people over to the mainland for treatments. Sickening, what could be worse than being told you need some serious treatments and then realise that there is NO financial help with the ferry fares. The NHS should never have closed Shanklin Hospital, Ryde Hospital or Frank James Hospital which is now just falling to bits. Even more relevant as it seems Seely and Co, are more intent on filling the island with cheaply built homes for the masses from the mainland. Why not just… Read more »


Rate things are going we won’t need hospitals at all, we’ll be all treated online !!!


Lots of waffle from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust. It’s about time they started honouring ‘postponed’ appointments again. The worry this is causing will only make the Mental Health situation worse

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