Note: when you submit an eConsult, an initial response from us will not necessarily mean an appointment or telephone call with a GP. We will review your request and contact you to explain the next steps.
Practice Closure for Training - afternoon of 29 June 2022
All practices across the Island are closing between 1pm – 6.30pm on Wednesday 29 June for important staff training/shared learning.
We re-open on Thursday 30th June at 8am.
For urgent medical matters please call 111, calls to 111 are free from a landline or mobile.
For life threating conditions please call 999.
Heatwave warning - 14 June 2022
A Level 2 heatwave warning has been issued with a 60% chance of heatwave conditions forecast for the South East of England over the next few days, but particularly Friday to Sunday this coming weekend.
Hot weather can affect everyone, especially the very young or very old and those with underlying health conditions. So don’t forget to:
☀️ Drink plenty of water and avoid excess alcohol
☀️ Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm (the hottest part of the day)
☀️ Walk in the shade, wear sunscreen and wear a hat if you have to go out in the sun
☀️ Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
☀️ Avoid physical exertion in the hottest part of the day
☀️ Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep them cooler
☀️ Turn off electrical items not in use to help keep rooms cool
☀️ Take care and follow local safety advice if you are going into the sea to cool down
June Bank Holiday Closure - 2 & 3 June 2022
The Practice is closed for the Bank Holidays:
- Thursday 2 June 2022
- Friday 3 June 2022
If you need medical assistance on these days, please call NHS 111, or 999 if it is a medical emergency.
May Bank Holiday Closure - 26 April 2022
The Practice is closed on for the May Bank holiday, Monday, 2 May. If you need medical assistance on these days please call 111, or 999 if it is a medical emergency.
For the list of pharmacies that will be open on the Island click on the link here https://iownhs.co.uk/37IDhFf
Prescriptions - 30 March 2022
The Health Minister, Edward Argar, has confirmed that there are no plans to change the cost of prescriptions from 1 April 2022 - so they remain at £9.35.
Covid Vaccination Spring Booster - 30 March 2022
We are starting with two vaccination clinics: Saturday 2 & Saturday 9 April 8.30am to 12 noon. Patients who last had a booster 5 months or more ago are being prioritised, and we are contacting these patients. Please bear in mind we have thousands of patients to contact so this will take a number of weeks. We are making separate plans for care home residents and housebound patients.
Covid Vaccination Spring Booster - 14 March 2022
We are currently waiting to be able to order the vaccine for this. The earliest we are allowed to start is 21st March 2022. The spring booster is for: over 75s, care home residents, and the immunosuppressed who are 12+ years old. Most of our patients become due in April and May as this is six months after their last dose. We will be setting up clinics and will update our website and Practice news on our phone system in due course with this information.
IW Local Access Forum Survey - 07 March 2022
Let the IW Local Access Forum know your top five priorities for improving mobility access to local services, facilities, and the countryside:
IW Local Access Forum Consultation
Covid Vaccination Update - CEV 5-11 yrs - 24 February 2022
Young people aged 5-11 years who are identified as being at high risk of serious illness from Covid-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable - CEV), are now eligible to receive Covid vaccinations.
This service is being provided by Solent NHS Trust from 5 March, and parents will be sent a letter inviting them to book their child an appointment.
Below is a parent information pack and vaccination consent form:Parent Information Pack Vaccination Consent Form
Infection Protection & Control Measures - 24 February 2022
We have been advised that both patients and staff should continue to wear face coverings in health and care settings. Therefore all staff and patients will need to continue to wear a face covering to keep staff and other patients safe.
Government Covid Announcements - 21 February 2022
We would just like to explain that general practice is not given any advance notice of any changes - we find out at the same time as you do via the news. Once any change is announced we then need to wait for Public Health England advice, and conduct risk assessments, before adapting our processes and guidance to keep both patients and staff safe.
Covid Vaccinations for 5 to 11 year olds - 17 Feb 2022
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that all 5–11-year-olds be offered two doses of the Pfizer Covid vaccine. The programme is already extended to at-risk children within this 5-11 group, but this latest decision will see all children from the age group eligible for two doses of the vaccine, given with an interval of at least 12 weeks. However, the health secretary said the offer for two doses of the vaccine was a ‘non-urgent’ offer and will be extended to parents of these children ‘during April’.
Professor Wei Shen Lim, chair of Covid-19 immunisation on the JCVI, said: ‘The Committee has carefully considered the potential direct health impacts of vaccination and potential indirect educational impacts.
Free NHS Food Scanner app - 2 Feb 2022
Changes to Covid guidance - 24 Jan 22
Following the Government announcement that face coverings will no longer be mandatory in public places - the UK Health Security Agency's infection prevention control (IPC) guidance remains in place for all staff and patients, in GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure that everyone is protected.
All staff and patients will need to continue to wear a face covering to keep staff and other patients safe.
Changes to Covid guidance - 7 Jan 22
From Tuesday 11 January, people without COVID-19 symptoms who get a positive result on a rapid response Lateral Flow Test (LFT) will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.
If you get a positive result on an LFT you should report your result on gov.uk. You will still need to self-isolate immediately. After reporting a positive LFT test result, you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace so that your contacts can be traced and must continue to self-isolate.
This is a temporary measure. With high levels across the UK, the vast majority of people with positive LFT results can be confident that they have COVID-19.
The three main symptoms of COVID-19 are the recent start of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
If you have any of these symptoms you should isolate immediately and book a PCR test online or by calling 119 as soon as possible. This has not changed.
Change to Isolation Period - 22 Dec 2021
People infected with coronavirus can now take two lateral flow tests to reduce the self-isolation period from ten to seven days. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said those infected with the virus can take two lateral flow tests 24 hours apart on day six and seven of their isolation period, which if negative means they can stop isolating.
Online booking form for Maternity Services – 1 Nov 2021
See 'USEFUL CONTACTS' in the side bar for full information or click:
New telephone system - 5 August 2021
We are pleased to announce that our new telephone system is going live today (5 August).
There may be some disruption during the transition from the old system to the new system, and please bear with us whilst we are getting used to a sophisticated new system. You will now hear an options message once your call is connected, this will help to ensure that you speak to the appropriate person as quickly as possible.
Major milestone reached as 2 million COVID-19 vaccines delivered across Hampshire and Isle of Wight - 17 June 2021
A major milestone has been reached in the local delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination programme with 2m jabs delivered across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Latest official data published today (Thursday 17 June) shows that 2,068,810 doses of the vaccine had been delivered locally by the week ending 13 June.
To date more than 91% of adults aged 30 and over have received their first COVID-19 jab and the vaccination programme continues to roll-out at pace across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The milestone has been reached just six months since the launch of the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS.
Anyone aged 21 and over is invited to make an appointment to receive the vaccine by contacting the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119. Text invitations appear as an alert from 'NHSvaccine', including a web link to the NHS website to make a booking.
Phlebotomy service at the Practice
We are really excited to announce that from this summer we will be offering a phlebotomy service to our patients! This has been planned quietly in the background, while we increased our clinical space and applied to do the necessary building works. We are now at the stage of recruiting a phlebotomy team ready to start. Clinics will be run Monday to Friday except bank holidays, from 7.30am to 12.30pm, which allows for the timely delivery of samples to the pathology laboratory at the hospital. This will be by appointment only. More news will follow as we get closer to the launch date.
Lateral Flow Tests - 16 April 2021
Tests can be ordered from Gov.uk. A pack of tests contains 7 tests. You can order one pack per household each day. Click on the link below to order lateral flow tests.
Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Alternatively, you can collect a pack of Lateral Flow tests from your local pharmacy.
NHS England - Advice on how to access GP services:
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