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Melcombe Day Hospital   League of Friends photo 2015
Melcombe Day Hospital Receives Generous Donation from The League of Friends

Dorset HealthCare’s Melcombe Day Hospital – which specialises in providing assessment, and therapeutic treatment for older persons who have mental health needs – has recently received two generous donations from The Weymouth & Portland Hospitals League of Friends. The League kindly raised £3,500 for an Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED) and an Electronic Lifting Cushion (ELK), for the award winning provision specialising in dementia care.



19 March 2015
Dorset HealthCare awarded national funding for local patients on the autism spectrum: new Sensory Therapy Suite to open

A new state of the art Sensory Therapy Suite will open in Dorset later this month [March 2015] after Dorset HealthCare was awarded £56,198 of funding through the government’s ‘Autism Innovation Fund’.

18 March 2015
Living with Brain Injury Information Morning - 19 March 2015

Dorset HealthCare is hosting a ‘Living with Brain Injury’ Information Morning on Thursday 19th March 2015 at Poole Community Health Clinic on Shaftesbury Road.

17 March 2015
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National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

On 18 March 2015, the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board and the Bournemouth & Poole Local Safeguarding Children Board are marking this national awareness day.


15 March 2015
Conference: Physiotherapists – Leaders in Integrated Care?

This one day conference on 22 April at AFC Bournemouth, Kings Park, BH7 7AF will be facilitated by Dorset HealthCare Physiotherapists. 

26 February 2015
Prestigious Baby Friendly Accommodation awarded to local Trust

Dorset HealthCare has gained international recognition after being awarded the Baby Friendly Award. The initiative, set up in collaboration with children’s charity Unicef and the World Health Organisation, recognises the high standards of care provided by breastfeeding and health visiting services in Bournemouth and Poole, delivered by the Trust.

24 February 2015
The Theory of Everything
Dorset Wheelchair Service plays best supporting role in The Theory of Everything

Dorset HealthCare’s Wheelchair Service has played a unique part in one of this award season’s most talked about films. The set decorators of The Theory of Everything, starring Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominated actor Eddie Redmayne, found just what they were looking for when Dorset’s Wheelchair Service offered them an exact replica of the wheelchair used by Stephen Hawking to help capture the authenticity of the era in which the film is set.

10 February 2015
Think About Sex Day

Whilst many of us may have love and romance on our minds this Valentine’s Day, did you know that the 14th February is also national ‘Think About Sex Day’?

This year, Dorset HealthCare’s Sexual Health and Chlamydia service will be helping to promote the awareness day in Bournemouth with a variety of events. Introduced by the Sexual Advice Association, ‘Think About Sex Day’ is organised to provide information about the extent to which sexual conditions affect the general population - with the aim to help improve the sexual health and wellbeing of both men and women.

The Trust’s Sexual Health and Chlamydia team will be holding a variety of events on Friday 13th February at Bournemouth University and will be on hand from 9.30am until 3.00pm to provide sexual health advice and information to university students. This will include general advice, information about contraception and the STI screening clinics that the Trust’s services provide. Students will also be able to take a chlamydia screening test on the day if they wish. Plus, the team will be giving out 'goodies' on the day, including heart key rings, 'love heart' sweets and free condoms will also be available.

A food voucher will also be up for grabs to use at the University Café for students who leave a message on the Sexual Health team’s ‘love board’.

Jo Goodman, Dorset Chlamydia Screening Co-ordinator, commented: “’Think About Sex Day’ aims to help overcome the old fashioned idea that talking about sex is a taboo subject. Discussing sex openly is one of the best ways to improve support and care; our event will be a great opportunity for students to learn how they can better look after their sexual health.”

The Dorchester Sexual Health team will also be distributing heart shaped condoms in the run up to ‘Think About Sex Day’. Every Saturday between 10.30am and 12.30pm the Dorchester team hold a sexual health clinic by booked appointment, with a half hour open drop-in slot following until 1.00pm, at 20 Trinity Street, Dorchester, DT1 1TU. To make an appointment please contact the team on 0300 303 1948. 

For more information and advice about your sexual health visit

10 February 2015
Clinical Audit of the Year Award winners
Event Focuses on Quality in Healthcare

Dorset HealthCare hosted a Quality Improvement Conference this week to showcase the initiatives taking place across the local NHS trust to improve the quality of healthcare for people living in Dorset.

03 February 2015
Living with Brain Injury

Dorset HealthCare is hosting a ‘Living with Brain Injury’ Information Morning on Thursday 22nd January 2015 from 11.00am - 12.00pm at Poole Community Health Clinic on Shaftesbury Road.

14 January 2015
Help for Locals Living with Bipolar Disorder (Bournemouth and Weymouth)

The Dorset Wellbeing and Recovery Partnership – a collaboration between Dorset HealthCare and Dorset Mental Health Forum – is hosting courses for people in Weymouth and Bournemouth living with bipolar disorder.

13 January 2015
Setting out the case for change for healthcare in Dorset

Most patients currently receive good care in Dorset, but there is too much variation, both against national standards and within Dorset itself.

08 January 2015
Small Change Makes a Big Difference!

Dorset HealthCare’s ‘Pennies from Heaven’ scheme is continuing its success into the New Year, having chosen Julia’s House and Mosaic as its staff nominated charities of the year.

07 January 2015
New Year No Smoke

Local NHS Trust, Dorset HealthCare is throwing its support behind a new Public Health England campaign to encourage smokers to quit cigarettes in the New Year.

28 December 2014
Local NHS Trust National Patient Standard

Dorset HealthCare is one of a handful of NHS trusts, across the country, which has been selected and awarded funding to pilot a new standard in accessible patient information.

23 December 2014
Sensory Garden Opens at Westhaven Community Hospital

Dorset HealthCare’s Westhaven Community Hospital recently welcomed David Smith, Chairman of the League of Friends of Weymouth and Portland Hospitals, to open its new sensory garden. Patients, friends and families joined staff for tea and cake to celebrate the ribbon cutting which officially opened the therapeutic courtyard garden.

23 December 2014
Dorset Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat

December 2014

21 December 2014
Putting Down Roots For The New Year

Dorset HealthCare staff at Alderney Hospital in Poole have come together to introduce a novel group activity for patients and staff alike to enjoy.

18 December 2014
Breastfeeding Volunteers

Dorset HealthCare’s Breastfeeding Support Team is celebrating its third wave of volunteers (pictured) who have qualified as Breastfeeding Peer Supporters.

12 December 2014
Michelle Rafferty - Queens Nurse Award - Credit Kate Stanworth
National Recognition for Local Nurse

Nurse Michelle Rafferty, who works for Dorset HealthCare providing out of hours crisis support to local children and young people, has been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity, The Queen’s Institute. 

03 December 2014
Linden Greenhouse (after)
Generous Local Support Brings NHS Greenhouse Back to Life

Dorset HealthCare’s Linden Unit – which specialises in providing assessment, joint planning and therapeutic treatment for individuals who have mental health needs

01 December 2014
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
Pictured: The endoscopy team are pictured being congratulated by Dorset HealthCare chief executive Ron Shields.
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