£48MILLION NHS INVESTMENT WILL HELP FUND NEW EMERGENCY FLOOR AND MAINLAND BEDS FOR ISLANDERS - Island Echo

A new emergency care floor at St Mary’s Hospital, improvements to the ambulance service and community health hubs are among the spending priorities for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s 48million investment funding.

The trust was awarded the funding in 2019 by the Government to improve services for the community, and the trust has since created its ‘Investing in our future’ strategy.

In an update given at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s annual general meeting on Thursday, Darren Cattell, director of finance, laid out what the plan is so far.

Of the 48million awarded, 10million will be invested in additional beds at the Portsmouth Hospital University Trust to ‘ensure greater resilience for the Island population’ when they are treated on the mainland. The remaining 38 million will be invested to directly support healthcare buildings and IT on the island.

Initial plans for the whole sum, based on an acute services review in 2018, would have seen 30million invested off-Island to benefit Island patients but plans have since changed.

Mr Cattell said he was excited about the Portsmouth partnership as well as some of the work proposed for St Mary’s.

Some of the investments include:

  • A new emergency care floor and integrated high dependency unit at St Mary’s
  • The first of 3 hubs to bring community, mental health and primary care services together – 1 at St Mary’s, 1 in Newport town centre and in Sandown.
  • Digital infrastructure investments, including in the ambulance service.

Mr Cattell...



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