NHS Isle of Wight Asks:
There has been an increased use of the Emergency Department at St Mary’s over the last few weeks, but this week has been exceptional and we are asking the public to help us to ensure that we can treat all those patients that need our services.
There has also been a high level of activity within the Beacon Centre over the last few evenings; therefore, we are asking patients to be aware of the alternative services available. Could we remind people of the opening hours of the Beacon Centre which are 0800 – 2000. Outside this time patients wishing to obtain general practice advice should contact the ISLAND Healthline on 0845 6031 007
If you have a problem which is minor in mature or can wait, please consider visiting your GP or local pharmacy for support or advice.
Robin Beal, Emergency Dept. Consultant at St. Mary’s Hospital, said: “With demand on health services it is vital that the public carefully choose the right services and consider whether their needs really require emergency assistance. A visit to a community pharmacy or GP during daytime hours for non-urgent conditions is maybe more appropriate”
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