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Island Health services very busy this bank holiday weekend
01 January 2018
Ambulance, community, hospital and mental health services provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust have been very busy over the Christmas period in the lead up to the New Year.   On 23rd, 26th, 30th and 31st December over 200 people a day passed through the Urgent Care Service and Emergency Department at St. Mary’s.
 
In line with trends being seen elsewhere across the country many cases are respiratory symptoms exacerbated by the cold and damp winter weather.
 
Nikki Turner, Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said:
 
“Our staff in all four services have been working incredibly hard over the festive period to ensure that services are available 24/7  for Islanders and visitors.  We are seeing a rise in the number of respiratory cases particularly amongst the elderly.   This is not a surprise but there is a lot that Islanders can do to help us manage this increase in demand.
 
“It is important during the winter to staying warm and active.  At the first signs of a winter illness take action – get advice from your local pharmacy and check online at www.nhs.uk/staywell for what you need to do.  If you know of a person on their own at this time of year drop round for a cuppa.   Helping can be as simple as that.
 
“From tomorrow, Tuesday 2nd January, health services on the Island return to business as usual.  Pharmacies and GP surgeries will be open and details can be found on the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk."
 
Attendances at the Urgent Care Service and Emergency Department between 23rd and 30th December have been as follows:
 
 
Urgent Care Service
Emergency Department
Total Attendances
Notes
Sat 23/12
139
253
 
Sun 24/12
90
180
Xmas Eve
Mon 25/12
88
147
Xmas Day
Tue 26/12
119
234
Boxing Day
Wed 27/12
148
152
GP surgeries open
Thu 28/12
130
151
GP surgeries open
Fri 29/12
127
130
GP surgeries open
Sat 30/12
120
238
 
Sun 31/12
135
248
New Year’s Eve
Totals
637
1,096
1,733
 
 
More advice about health care can be found on the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk  or the What 0-18 website at www.what0-18.nhs.uk for advice for those looking after children.  Your local pharmacy has a trained healthcare professional who can help you with advice and 'over the counter' remedies. If you're concerned about drugs and alcohol use check out the Talk to Frank website at www.talktofrank.com or call 0300 123 6600. The Island-based 111 service can also provide telephone advice on urgent health care issues and if it's an urgent mental health issue try the Island's mental health crisis line on 01983-522214. Emergency Departments and 999 services are for life threatening issues so please use services appropriately.
 
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