Health and Wellbeing

On this page we report on what is happening in the NHS both locally and Nationally where it will impact us locally in the future. We will try to bring you information to help you keep well and maintain an active life.

Sadly Dr Ian Bell passes away. 

The following statement has been issued by Janette Hadley (Practice Manager) on behalf of the Solent View medical Practice.

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that our dear friend and colleague Ian Bell, peacefully died on the 8th June 2020 at his home with his family around him.


He was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor in February which was sadly inoperable. He has remained so gentle and gracious throughout his illness despite having one hurdle after another. He has a wonderful and very devoted family who are a credit to him and their strength and unity have been inspirational throughout this time.

Words cannot express nor do justice as to how much he is going to be missed as a wonderful, caring GP, colleague and friend. I am sure his patients will be as devastated as we all are. He has worked at the practice for nearly 29 years and has made such a difference to so many people throughout his career. He has worked tirelessly to improve the local health economy through his work in the CCG and also from his previous work in out of hours and as a police surgeon.

Ian's son and daughter have set up a Just Giving Page for The Childrens Brain Tumour Research Centre in the University of Nottingham where he trained.

Both Ian's family and the practice would like to thank everyone for their kind support over the last couple of months.

A Message from Joe and Milly, Ian's children

" Having been diagnosed with a glioblastoma in February, our wonderful Dad- Ian- sadly passed away on 8th June 2020, surrounded by his family at home.

We could not be prouder of the bravery and stoicism with which he faced his illness, and we know that he would want to be remembered in a way that would benefit others. As University of Nottingham alumnus, we know that Dad would have been proud to donate to this research centre.

Our Dad was a much-loved doctor for over 30 years. He served the community at Lee-on-the-Solent as a GP for almost 29 years, and we know that our Dad has helped countless people and their families, often through very difficult times themselves. He was very touched by all of the messages he received from his patients, and we take great comfort in knowing how many people recognised his kindness, patience and dedication to making the world a better place.

We cannot wait to entertain our children- Rupert and Iris- with tales of their wonderful 'Papa Moon' and take them to his favourite places in the south of France, where he and Mum went on holiday every year. Together, we will drink wine, play Scrabble, gaze at the stars, and remember him.

We will say goodbye to our Dad on Thursday 18th June in a small service, and we will then plan to celebrate his life together in June 2021 with what Dad wanted- a huge party!

We are asking that, rather than gifting flowers for the funeral, if you wish to make a contribution in our Dad's memory, we know that he would love it if you could support the charity that we have chosen.

We will continue to support our chosen cause with various fundraising activities, all of which we will do for our fantastic Dad.

Joe and Milly"

Wash with soap &      water for 20 seconds!

New role created in our Healthcare system 

Colds, Flu & Coronavirus 

Some simple precautions to help you avoid catching or spreading them.

  1. Sneeze or cough into a tissue and dispose of it

  2. Wash you hands regularly with soap and water

  3. Keep your hands away from eyes and ears

  4. Avoid close contact in groups

  5. Avoid kissing, hugging and shaking hands


Why are we being told to wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before rinsing them?

(Singing two verses of happy birthday takes about 20 seconds.)


Washing with soap and water or applying antiseptic gel both kill bacteria but both still leave some bacteria on your hands afterwards.


It has been demonstrated that soap and water is better because:


The very action of rubbing the hands together whilst washing with soap and water helps to remove bacteria from the skin surface. However, it leaves more bacteria in total than a gel, but the majority of the bacteria left behind are the ones you naturally have on your skin and are good at fighting off infections and harmful bacteria.


Antiseptic gels kill off more bacteria in total, but the majority of the ones left behind are harmful bacteria, as the gels kill off more of the natural bacteria we have on our skin.

Within General Practice they can:

  • take medical histories from patients

  • carry out physical examinations

  • see patients with acute conditions

  • see patients with long-term chronic conditions

  • perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures

  • develop and deliver treatment and management plans

  • provide health promotion and disease prevention advice for patient

Currently they are not able to prescribe medication, or request x-rays and CT scans.

A form of exercise 

that's overlooked

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.


Walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.

You do not have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week. 

Click here to go to our Events page to see what walking events are happening in the local area.

What is a Physician Associate?

Although a relatively new role, physician associates have been practising in the UK for over 10 years.


The Department of Health defines a Physician Associate as a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skill and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general practice team under defined levels of supervision. In order to train as a physician associate, students must already have a degree in biomedical or health/life science.

The postgraduate training to become a physician associate is a full time intensive 2-year course in medical science and clinical reasoning. This consists of 50% theory and 50% practice, including over 1,600 hours of clinical placement experience in acute and community settings. Students must pass both their university programme and the UK physician associate national examination to be able to work as a physician associate.

Physician associates are healthcare professionals who work alongside GPs providing medical care as part of the multidisciplinary team. Whist they are able to work independently, there is always a supervising GP who can discuss cases, give advice, and review patients if necessary.

Using Physician associates increase the numbers of the medical workforce and increase access to quality care for patients. They act in an enabling role, helping to reduce the healthcare team’s workload.

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