A second isolation unit has opened at St Mary’s Hospital for Islanders being admitted after testing optimistic for Covid-19.
Extra normal and intensive care beds have been made obtainable too, says the Isle of Wight NHS Belief.
In an open letter published on Thursday, its Chief Govt has spoken of the brand new Tier 4 restrictions, which got here into power on the Isle of Wight on New 12 months’s Eve, as a ‘blow’.
Some non-urgent surgical procedure has been postponed – although emergency and most cancers operations are persevering with, stated Maggie Oldham.
She stated: “I perceive how troublesome that is for individuals, for households and for companies.
“However the scenario may be very severe and with out pressing motion our well being and social care companies will likely be put underneath insufferable strain.
“We’re presently treating extra individuals with Covid-19 in hospital than at any level throughout the pandemic and our companies are already stretched by winter pressures.”
The postponement of non-urgent surgical procedure has freed-up beds and clinicians, stated the Belief.
Some outpatient appointments will now be by phone, or video name.
In the meantime, appointments are being lowered over the following few weeks.
Ms Oldham stated: “The affect of the elevated unfold of Covid-19 on the NHS is actual and it’s impacting all of our companies.
“We want your assist now greater than we ever have.
“This virus is harmful and it’s spreading extra rapidly than earlier than.
“You may assist us by doing every thing you’ll be able to to remain protected. Now that we’re in Tier 4 restrictions we want you to remain at dwelling.”
We’re urged to observe the #Arms, Face, Area and ventilate guidelines.