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Positive feedback about the Wheelchair Services

We urgently need your help to highlight the good practice that we know exists in the NHS wheelchair and special seating services.

20 November 2014
JAG Accreditation Victoria Hospital Wimborne
National Recognition for Wimborne's Victoria Hospital

Victoria Hospital’s endoscopy unit has been officially recognised with a prestigious national award – just weeks after another of Dorset HealthCare’s community hospitals, Swanage, was bestowed with the same honour.

06 November 2014
Annual Members' Meeting Videos on YouTube Now!

The two videos from this years Annual Members' Meeting are now available to view on the Trust's YouTube Channel.

You can view the videos here:

Annual Members' Meeting
Terry's Patient Story

If you would like to find out more information about the event please visit our Annual Members' Meeting Page.

31 October 2014
Dorset HealthCare becomes sole provider to prisons across the south west

From the beginning of October, Dorset HealthCare has become the sole provider for all prisons in Dorset and Devon. The Trust will provide a range of physical and mental health services to HMP Portland, IRC The Verne and HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset as well as HMP Channings Wood, HMP Dartmoor and HMP Exeter in Devon.

The announcement of the prison service contract arrives alongside the recent implementation of the street triage pilot scheme in partnership with Dorset Police – which aims to provide vulnerable people in crisis situations with mental health support – and is further evidence of the Trust’s ongoing mission to strengthen the interface of mental health and criminal justice.

The Trust’s approach to prison healthcare is not just about treating illness, but about helping to rehabilitate and prevent repeat offending.  Primary care health services for the prisons include, GP surgeries and pharmacies, chronic disease clinics, health & wellbeing (including stop smoking courses), mental health nursing, dental, learning disabilities, drug and therapeutic services and palliative care. These services combined provide the prison population with an invaluable health resource through which individuals can access the appropriate level of care.

Jenny Erwin, Associate Director for Specialist Services at Dorset HealthCare, said: “The prison population is an ageing one so prisons are having to adapt to cope with older inmates. The Trust recognises the need to provide facilities and services that address these needs and will ensure that the prison population has access to specialist treatment and care, from diagnosis through to recovery.

“Being announced as the sole provider of these services represents another milestone in the Trust’s continuing development and dedication to strengthening the quality of services we provide to vulnerable people and the wider community.”

21 October 2014
Dorset HealthCare Joins Forces to Celebrate Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month this October, local NHS Trust Dorset HealthCare has teamed up with various local equality and diversity groups, local councils and colleges to host a series of events open to the local community. 

08 October 2014
Weymouth Art Exhibition

To celebrate World Mental Health Day (Friday 10 October), the Weymouth and Portland Community Resource Team, which is part of the Community Mental Health team at Dorset HealthCare, will be holding a week long creative recovery art exhibition at Weymouth Library. Starting on Monday 6 October, the exhibition will feature works of art created by individuals with experience of mental health difficulties.

03 October 2014
New X-ray unit at Victoria Hospital
Dorset HealthCare Joins Forces to Celebrate World Mental Health Day

People living with a mental illness often suffer from prejudice and a lack of understanding. In a bid to tackle this stigma and to celebrate recovery, Dorset HealthCare has teamed up with Bournemouth University to deliver a series of presentations, along with information stands, at the University - starting on Monday 6 October and running until World Mental Health Day on Friday 10 October. 

01 October 2014
New X-ray unit at Victoria Hospital officially open

The Mayor of Wimborne, Councillor Andy Hampton, supported by the President of the League of Friends and the NHS Trust’s radiology team, has officially opened Dorset HealthCare’s new X-ray unit at Victoria Hospital.

29 September 2014
Surfing For Mental Health

The Wave Project in Dorset is today celebrating three year’s funding from the Big Lottery Fund and local NHS Trust, Dorset HealthCare for an innovative service which uses surfing as a therapeutic intervention for young people facing mental health difficulties. The pioneering project offers a unique form of therapy for young people, combining surfing and peer-mentoring to help clients build confidence and motivation. Originally trialled as a one-year pilot project, the money from the Big Lottery Fund and the NHS will ensure its continued success for the next three years.

23 September 2014
Annual Members Meeting

Thank you to every one that attended our Annual Members' Meeting - it was a great success!

18 September 2014
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Put Stoptober in YOUR Calendar

Smokers in Dorset are being encouraged to swap fags for gags during this year’s Stoptober. 

17 September 2014
Adult Aspergers Service

Dorset HealthCare has expanded its Community Adult Asperger Service to benefit people across the county who have Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism. The expansion will mean that individuals living in West Dorset will now be able to take advantage of the diagnostic and consultation service much closer to their homes.

16 September 2014
Sexual Health Advice At Hand

The theme of this year’s Sexual Health Week (15 – 21 September) is emergency contraception and, to help raise awareness, Dorset HealthCare will be hosting a series of drop-in advice sessions across Bournemouth, which will include information on emergency contraception and offer free Chlamydia screenings.

11 September 2014
National recognition for service in Swanage

Swanage Hospital Day Surgery and Endoscopy Unit at Dorset HealthCare has been officially selected as one of seven community hospitals across the country to receive a prestigious national award. The accreditation, presented by the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG), recognises the Dorset based Endoscopy Unit as a service which maintains and excels beyond national health standards. This award follows the recent accreditation of Florence House perinatal unit in Westbourne and the expansion of the Brain Injury service.

11 September 2014
Excellence in care to new mothers

With 10 per cent of new mums suffering from postnatal depression or other childbirth-related mental health problems, it’s crucial that local, specialised and accessible support is available. Dorset is one county that is reaping the benefits of such a service, thanks to Dorset HealthCare’s Florence House perinatal unit in Westbourne, which has now been officially accredited by The Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health Services.

10 September 2014
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The 'Breast' Start in Life

This week is World Breastfeeding Week and Dorset HealthCare has marked the occasion by launching a new breastfeeding App for smart phones entitled ‘Breast Start’. The App offers local mothers and pregnant women a 24-hour private resource for breastfeeding advice and is set to be particularly useful to those who may not have regular access to the internet.

08 August 2014
DT11 Health & Wellbeing Week

A variety of events will be running in Blandford throughout the week of 18th - 21st September 2014

07 August 2014
The Lions of Poole and Dorset HealthCare welcome life-changing technology

Staff at Alderney Hospital recently teamed up with local community group, The Lions of Poole, to jointly fund a new INR machine, which is set to improve the care provided for local people with blood disorders. The recent unveiling of the machine recognised the substantial efforts put in by both teams to fund the new equipment through a highly effective collaborative partnership.

30 July 2014
Dorset HealthCare bolsters senior team to continue journey of improvement

Dorset HealthCare has demonstrated its commitment to continually improve the quality of local health services with the announcement of an enhanced Executive Director Team and Trust Board.

29 July 2014
Don't 'Spice' Up Your Life

Did you know that the chemicals contained in legal highs have, in most cases, never been used in drugs for human consumption before?

16 July 2014
Dorset HealthCare Strengthens Trust Leadership Team

The Trust has further strengthened its leadership team with two new appointments to its Board.

16 July 2014
Dementia Friends: public information session

18th July 11.30am Weymouth Community Safety Centre

09 July 2014
Press Statement

Monitor, the regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts, has today confirmed that it has closed its investigation in to Dorset HealthCare and that the Trust is no longer in breach of its licence.

25 June 2014
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Patient Advisory Forum - Patient & Public Voice Partners Recruitment

Are you passionate about ensuring the patient voice is present & powerful?

11 June 2014
Casey & Lissy Colmer with Jean Houston at Kinson Library
Something to Smile About!

To mark National Smile Month (19 May - 19 June)

04 June 2014