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URGENT CALL FOR STAFF AS HOSPITAL DEMAND SURGES

The 2 persons were admitted to St Mary's Hospital

stmaryscars400St Mary’s Hospital have issued an urgent call for staff to get in touch if they are able to work additional hours today (Sunday) and into the new week following a surge in demand for healthcare services.

This last week has seen a surge in demand for healthcare services, particularly on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  The demand yesterday (Saturday) is such that the hospital has had to open additional beds again.

Due to this high level of demand the Trust is calling on all registered nurses, health care assistants (HCAs) and allied healthcare professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists (OTs) to contact the Trust on 01983-822099 ext 6601 if they would be willing to work any additional hours today (Sunday 22nd February) and into next week.

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Isle of Wight NHS Trust Associate Director Martin Robinson said:

“During the last week the number of admissions has outstripped discharges on each day and the cases we are seeing are more poorly and stay longer than as the case a year ago.   We urgently need staff to assist us with keeping additional beds open to manage this surge in demand.”

The demand over the last week is shown below:

—————- Admissions      Discharges      Difference
Sunday 15th      18      9        -9
Monday 16th     36      17      -19
Tuesday 17th    35      27      -8
Wednesday 18th  34      31      -3
Thursday 19th   27      25      -2
Friday 20th     43      41      -2
Saturday 21st   27      17      -10
Total   220     167     -53

Islanders are urged to support health services by only calling 999 in life threatening emergencies.   The Island’s NHS 111 service available 24 hours a day for health advice, your local pharmacy and the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk are available to support your healthcare enquiries and for when advice is needed.

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