Island Life Magazine Ltd February/March 2007 - Page 10

life - TRAVEL FOREWORD Diary 07 SUNDAY 4th MARCH 2007 WEDDING FAYRE 11AM to 4PM Priory Bay Hotel, Seaview The Priory Bay will be holding an exclusive wedding fayre. Come and see Forget Me Not’s brides at this fantastic location overlooking the sea. 12/04/2007 to 22/04/2007 ROTARY CLUB OF COWES ST GEORGES DAY CELEBRATIONS Where: Northwood Park House, Cowes. Saturday procession starting East Cowes 11am. Sunday large collection of Classic Cars and Antiques Collectors Fair. All weekend children’s entertainment, local arts & crafts stalls, traditional refreshments. More information MONDAY 23rd APRIL 2007 NEW! EVENING LOCAL PRODUCERS MARKET Brickfields, Ryde 4pm to 9pm NOT TO BE MISSED! Island Life and Brickfields have joined forces to hold a regular Monday evening local producers market with a difference, over 35 local food, drink and craft stalls, cookery demonstrations by top island chefs, £100 of fresh local produce will be raffled every Monday. The market will be held indoors with heating, licensed bar, refreshments, free parking for 200 cars, and educational entertainment for the kids. Ideal for those who love to buy island produce but unfortunately have to work all day! Find out more on pages 80/81. 10 The Andrew Turner column Many of you will know that I had a stroke in December. I am making very good progress, but at the time of writing I am still in St Mary’s Hospital. This is my first article since I was ill: due to the stroke I have had to have some help in writing it, but I do hope it will be a solo effort next time. Life is full of surprises, and it was certainly a big surprise to find myself in a hospital bed. I have never been an in-patient before, and it wouldn’t have been my choice of what to do in the Christmas recess. But I have learned lots of things, so it has been useful in that way. The first thing I learned was that, in an emergency, the NHS is wonderful. I don’t remember being taken ill, but Carole, my partner, tells me that the paramedics arrived within minutes. It is no surprise that the Isle of Wight has come out top in the nationwide league of ambulance services. I was taken first of all to St Mary’s, where Mr Wellington and the A&E team headed by Mr Beale, decided to transfer me to the Wessex Neurological Unit in Southampton. I must apologise to Mr Beale’s wife, who was expecting him home that evening but, because of me, didn’t see him until the early hours of the following morning. I had first-class care in Southampton, but I could see that the NHS faces a lot of challenges. As well as the good bits there were mixed wards and overflowing clinical waste bins. Back on the Island, the care I have received from Sister Viv Tomlinson and her team on the stroke unit has been absolutely wonderful. Dr Hakim, the support and nursing staff, and the therapists have all been superb, and I could not have got on so well without them. They Island Life -