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St Mary’s Hospital Contract Goes To NHS Consortium

St Mary’s Hospital Contract Goes To NHS Consortium

Services at St Mary’s Hospital won’t be put into the hands of a private sector supplier when the current contract with Peninsula Community Health ends on 1st April. That follows the announcement yesterday that a group of NHS providers is the preferred bidder to take over the running of the hospitals in the region. PCH, […]

Trainee Doctor Impressed By Scilly’s Innovative Health Centre

Trainee Doctor Impressed By Scilly’s Innovative Health Centre

Innovations introduced at Scilly’s Health Centre are way ahead of mainland GP surgeries, even those in London. That’s the view of trainee doctor Peter Woodward-Court, who is undertaking a four-week student placement on the islands this autumn. Peter is in the final year of his medical degree at University College London, where students spend their […]

Scilly’s Cancer Patients Facing Huge Bills For Mainland Accommodation

Scilly’s Cancer Patients Facing Huge Bills For Mainland Accommodation

Cancer patients from Scilly need more help with the cost of accommodation while undergoing chemotherapy on the mainland. Carol Clarke from Healthwatch told members of the recent Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee that some islanders needed daily outpatient treatment. And that meant they had to spend long periods away from home. Carol said they had […]

Councillors Question Cost Of NHS Medical Travel

Councillors Question Cost Of NHS Medical Travel

Councillors have questioned why islanders are having to pay considerable sums of money to attend mainland medical appointments, even though UK law says it should cost no one more than £5. The issue was brought up during a discussion on medical travel at the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Healthwatch director, Jane Hurd, said that […]

NHS Taken To Task Over Eye Tests In Scilly

NHS Taken To Task Over Eye Tests In Scilly

NHS England have been asked to explain to councillors why islanders are having to wait so long to get an eye test. It follows a survey by Healthwatch this summer in which 60% of people rated optometry services in Scilly as ‘poor.’ In June 2013, a special room was fitted out at the Health Centre […]

Scilly’s Health Centre Is One Of The Best In The Country

Scilly’s Health Centre Is One Of The Best In The Country

Scilly’s Health Centre has been rated as ‘outstanding’ following a Care Quality Commission inspection in April. The report found that the St Mary’s-based GP surgery provides excellent care to the full range of patients they see – from the elderly and families through to working people, youngsters and visitors. The inspectors said the leadership was […]

Most Islanders Feel Healthy Says Survey

Most Islanders Feel Healthy Says Survey

The majority of islanders feel healthy and are happy with healthcare services in Scilly, considering our location and the small size of our population. That’s according to feedback following Healthwatch’s annual survey. Back in April, surveys were sent to all 950 households and 255 of the forms were completed and returned. Healthwatch Manager Carol Clarke […]

Radical New Plans For Park House Outlined

Radical New Plans For Park House Outlined

Park House cannot continue in its current form warns the Community Services Chairman Richard McCarthy. And dementia care could be provided at St Mary’s hospital in the future. That was the radical plan to overhaul health and social care services in Scilly, put forward to members at last week’s committee meeting. Richard told members that […]

Health Centre Launch Annual Flu Vaccination Programme

Health Centre Launch Annual Flu Vaccination Programme

St Mary’s Health Centre is running a flu vaccination programme again this year. The sessions will be held on Saturday 3rd October between 10am and 1pm and again on Wednesday 7th between 4pm and 6pm. Fran Clark says everyone aged over 65 years of age and islanders with long term health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, […]