Four people have been hospitalised after taking “unknown medicines” meaning other patients may now be sent to the mainland.
The four were taken into hospital on Wednesday (October 17) in a serious condition following what is believed to be the un-prescribed consumption of medicine thought to include diazepam and tramadol – two have been admitted to intensive care.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust say this has put extra pressure on their Intensive Care Unit which is already full and could mean patients are sent to the mainland.
Islanders are being strongly urged not to take medicine from unknown sources and only take what is prescribed to you.
Mr Alistair Flowerdew, medical director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said: “We would strongly urge Islanders not to take medicine from unknown sources and only take medicine that has been prescribed for them.
“Taking medication that is unknown and un-prescribed can cause serious health concerns as we have seen today.
“This action by a few individuals has placed additional pressures on our services.
“Ensuring our patients receive safe care is our absolute priority and for this reason a number of our patients may need to be transferred to the mainland because our Intensive Care Unit is full.
“Anyone offered drugs from an unknown source should report this to the Police on 101 immediately.
“Anyone concerned about substance misuse can find out more at the Talk to Frank website at www.talktofrank.com or by telephoning their helpline on 0300 123 6600.
“Anyone holding unwanted or surplus drugs should return them to their local pharmacy.”