Public Health - Living Well

Health Protection


Sexual Health

Services to support your sexual health are available from St Mary’s Hospital Sexual Health Service, some community pharmacies and from your GP.

  • If you have had unprotected sex and think that you may have put yourself at risk of a sexually transmitted infection you can obtain a free online test kit by visiting the free test me website.
  • If you are worried about pregnancy you should contact your GP.
  • If you are under 18 and want to talk to someone confidentially you can visit a clinic especially for under 18’s. Visit the Isle of Wight NHS Trust website .



Apart from clean water, vaccination is the most important public health intervention in the world. Find out more on this by watching this NHS Choices video on vaccinations.

On the Isle of Wight, there are lots of health professionals who are involved in vaccination. They include: practice nurses, midwives, health visitors, school nurses, and community pharmacists. You can speak to them for advice relating to vaccinations that you should have based on your age and risk factors that make you more susceptible to preventable infections such as medical history, occupation, or your travel plans.

For more information about Immunisation, we recommend you visit the NHS Choices website


Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2018-2021

The Isle of Wight Health and Wellbeing Board is under a statutory obligation to draft, consult upon and publish a pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA). A PNA is a statement of current pharmaceutical services provided in the local area and is revised every three years. It also assesses whether or not this provision is satisfactory for the local population and additionally identifies any perceived gaps. Once published, the PNA will be used by NHS England to assist in responding to applications for the opening of additional pharmacies, relocation of premises and amendments to opening hours or pharmaceutical services.

The PNA 2018-2021 has been consulted on and is now published.

To view the PNA 2018-2021 (PDF, 1.73MB, 63 pages).

To view the related Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) (PDF, 259KB, 11 pages).


Emergency Management: View our Service information

The Public Heath Team work with Emergency management to co-produce policies for the council which include cold weather, heatwave and Pandemic flu plans. These aim to coordinate system-wide response to minimise the adverse health impact of the Island’s population.