Some operations cancelled as NHS faces 'great deal of pressure'

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


PRESSURE on health services has led Isle of Wight NHS bosses to cancel some operations and call on the public to avoid using St Mary’s Hospital unless vital.

During the last Bank Holiday weekend, waiting times reached more than three hours at the hospital-based Beacon Centre.

Executive director of nursing and workforce Alan Sheward said the hospital was under a great deal of pressure and that due to a rise in the number of elderly patients they had cancelled a handful of non-urgent operations and therapies.

Mr Sheward said: "With the help of local media we have reminded Islanders that they can assist us by only using hospital services if they really need to.

"I am sure people would much prefer to seek advice from their local pharmacy for minor conditions rather than sit and wait in the Beacon Centre. If it is something that can wait until they can get to see their own GP then it means their GP has access to their full medical history and is better informed to treat them."

He added: "With the May Bank Holiday fast approaching we need everyone to review their medicine cabinets and make sure they’ve got everything they need.

"Many conditions can be treated with medicines available over the counter from your local pharmacist."


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by Jackie Daniels

1st May 2014, at 15:00:59

Ashley - no. The article isn't explained very well, agreed. I understand the surgeons would would be performing scheduled surgical operations have had to have their patients cancelled because the beds are being clogged up by medical patients - some of whom - as is mentioned in the article - could have avoided being there by waiting to see GP, ringing 111/NHS Direct/Pharmacists and making sure they had enough medication to last over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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by James McAdder

1st May 2014, at 07:21:28

There was an article on the Today programme this morning about people ignoring transient ischaemic attacks (aka mini strokes) putting them down to a "funny turn", and then going on to have a full blown stroke.

The advice given by the expert was that if you suffer any symptoms such as muscle weakness, blurred vision or problems remembering everyday items you should dial 999 as it may save your life.

The problem is that most people are not medical experts and have no idea whether their condition is serious or not. How do you tell whether your odd symptoms are something that can wait until you can see your GP?

This kind of advice won't put off the real time wasters, but could well put off others in real need of medical attention.

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by Ashley Harcourt

30th April 2014, at 22:53:13

So from this article are we are being informed that surgeons who would be performing scheduled surgical operations are now having to deal with the general public at the Beacon Centre?

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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