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Urgent care image with outline for website


The Beacon Health Centre has been redesigned into the Urgent Care Service (UCS) which is co-located with the Emergency Department at St Mary’s and treats urgent care needs. You will need a referral to the urgent care service by a health professional eg doctor, dentist, optician, pharmacist, nurse, paramedic, etc. - or the NHS 111 service.     You can find out more about the reasons for this changes on our news page here together with a list of other services that can help. In an emergency for life threatening situations you should still visit the Emergency Department at St. Mary’s or call 999 for an ambulance.  


Talking about the future of health and care on the Island

As part of the health and care redesign programme the past few months have seen a number of important opportunities for both members of the public and professionals to share their views on the future of health and care services on the Island.

Hundreds of people turned out at meetings hosted by the My Life A Full Life programme including at Newport, Shanklin, Ryde, Freshwater and Ventnor to talk about how the Island might respond to a range of issues which will impact the future of services.

Some of the challenges discussed include how best to look after people who are living longer with more complex conditions, and how to manage pressures on urgent and emergency care such as at the Beacon Centre, and how to recruit and retain staff. A number of events have also been held for health and care professionals involved with services.

The redesign process, which is being managed as part of national funding from NHS England, is examining changes to the way people live and how they want to access health and care, and what that means how services need to be managed in future.

Over 700 people have also responded to the survey in the ‘Time to Act’ leaflet – both online and by post – sharing their views on what might be working well and what else might need to change.  Some of the emerging themes so far include making services easier to access, the work of the Island’s thriving voluntary and independent community, the importance of good communication and the role of IT and technology.

All these views have been fed into working groups of professionals, clinical experts, volunteers and members of the public who have been examining how services are currently provided and how they might be provided in future.  At the end of June, we shared their emerging thinking at a public event and received some more useful feedback to help shape this further.

Since then we have been working to develop these proposals into a ‘blueprint’ for how health and care services on the Island can be delivered in the future. We have shared and discussed an early draft of this with NHS England to ensure we are on the right track and that we are developing it in line with national expectations.

Over the next few months, we will continue to develop this ‘blueprint’ adding all of the detail needed to ensure we can explain to everyone how the proposals will meet the challenges we face as a community and what the changes will mean. We will then be asking for your views about these proposals as part of a formal consultation, likely to take place next year.

In the meantime, we will also be looking at some of the proposed changes that are more straightforward that we can do now, working alongside our staff and the community to make sure they deliver the best possible outcomes.

Watch this space for regular updates!

Your News and Stories

This is your space for stories, celebrations, events and news. 

Type 2 Diabetes Education Course - Sylivia shares her experiences with us and explains how attending the course has made positive change to her and her family’s life.  Read Syilvia's story here

Fancy a cuppa and a chat - The Really Useful Cafe meets at West Wight Sports and Community Centre, Thursday mornings between 10am and 12. Speakers, information stands and gentle seated exercise. For more information click here for this month's cafe events.



The My Life a Full Life Pledge 

The Pledge is a public commitment to the My Life a Full Life ethos and values, working together with our communities for the Islands health and well being.


For more information click here 


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