ISLE of Wight MP Bob Seely has given more detail about how St Mary's Hospital is gearing up for more coronavirus patients.

Earlier this week the County Press revealed how up to 200 extra beds are to be brought online to help the Island cope with the epidemic.

Now, Mr Seely has issued a statement praising the efforts.

He said: "What the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has done on the Island in such a short space of time is nothing short of remarkable.

"Wards have been reconfigured to create isolation wards to treat patients confirmed as having Covid-19.

"The Intensive Care Unit has increased from six ventilated beds to 18, with plans to increase to 45.

"The trust has also been working with military planners to deliver a further significant increase in additional beds at the St Mary’s site if needed and has also identified other potential sites if necessary.

"It has stopped all non-urgent operations and outpatient appointments and is restricting visiting to St Mary’s.

"It has moved the community unit to Ryde Health and Wellbeing Centre, which has freed up 25 beds on the main hospital site.

Mr Seely also commented on the third coronavirus death on the Isle of Wight, announced this morning.

"I am very sorry to hear about the third death on the Isle of Wight. My thoughts are with the family and friends affected.

“I would like to thank the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, who I know are working extraordinarily hard to care for those who have already tested positive for the virus, while ensuring the hospital is ready to care for any new admissions."