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Rarely can you walk the corridors of a hospital ward and be greeted by a 34-inch horse - but this is exactly what staff and patients at Blandford Hospital have been experiencing.
A new initiative which encourages Dorset HealthCare staff to pitch innovative ideas for improving patient care has netted the support of two famous local footballers.
Former goalscoring AFC Bournemouth keeper Jimmy Glass and current Cherries ace Tyrone Mings attended a garden party at St Ann’s Hospital, in Poole, to unveil the fruits of its Space for Growth project.
Children and young people 11-19 across the county can now seek confidential advice and support on a range of health and wellbeing issues affecting them at the touch of a button.
It is all thanks to a new text messaging service called ChatHealth, which has been launched by Dorset HealthCare, and gives young people in school year 7 and above the opportunity to send questions via SMS directly from their mobile phone to the ChatHealth School Nursing Team.
Prof. Tanya Byron, respected child psychologist and co-host of BBC-TV’ s The House of the Tiny Tearaways, will be the keynote speaker at Dorset HealthCare’s Annual Members’ Meeting next month.
The Medical Director for the NHS in England has heaped praise on staff working across health services in Dorset – and urged other NHS organisations to follow their example of joined-up working to achieve better patient care.
Dorset HealthCare has held a special celebratory event to say thank you to the volunteers who play such a vital role in local community hospitals and other health services.
The Crown Hotel in Blandford hosted an awards ceremony for more than 60 people, who were honoured for their hard work and acts of kindness over the past year.
Two Dorset nurses have introduced baby massage classes in a bid to promote natural bonding between mums and their new-born child.
Dorset has been awarded over £100m of capital funding by NHS England, which will enable it to invest in proposed major improvements to health and care services across the county.
A loveable dog who took centre stage at the most prestigious dog show in the world is putting smiles on the faces of patients with life limiting illnesses at Shaftesbury’s Westminster Memorial Hospital.
An innovative sexual health drop-in centre launched in Bournemouth last year is having a positive impact and proving extremely popular among teenagers. 507@Boscombe, run by Dorset HealthCare, provides confidential sexual health advice and support for young people aged 13 to 25 in a modern, safe and non-judgemental environment.
The Trust’s Criminal Justice, Liaison and Diversion (CJLD) Service has received a prestigious honour from Dorset Police. The team has been presented with a commendation for their contribution to supporting the police in assisting vulnerable people in both the community and custody settings.
Hospitals in the west of Dorset are hosting special recruitment days to help attract new recruits for local healthcare services.
Job seekers are invited to Bridport Hospital on Wednesday, 21 June, and Westhaven Hospital in Weymouth on Wednesday, 28 June, to meet staff and learn more about the many roles available.
Dorset HealthCare is looking for registered general and mental health nurses, as well as occupational therapists, physiotherapists and health care assistants, to help provide crucial local NHS services – both in hospitals and out in the community.
The General Election may be over – but a new poll will give you the chance to represent your community over how local NHS services are provided.
Dorset HealthCare is holding elections to its Council of Governors next month. There are 14 seats up for grabs to members of the public – three representing Bournemouth, three representing Poole, and eight representing the Dorset and Rest of England constituency.
A creative new video showcasing apprentices at Dorset HealthCare aims to encourage more people to choose a career in local NHS services.
The four-minute film promotes the benefits of becoming an apprentice at the Trust and highlights the wide range of opportunities available.
Dorset is at the forefront of providing better care for local people after being named as a pilot area for a new joined-up way of working across health, social care and the voluntary sector.
The Yeatman Hospital in Sherborne is inviting members of the public through its doors for a special health exhibition next week.
Space for Growth is having a Launch Garden Party on 19 July.
People living in and around Dorset are being invited to apply to join a new public engagement group as a key part of the work to improve health and care across the county, as detailed in the county’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).
Harmonious healthcare staff are showing they have the X-factor in a bid to crack the charts. Only it’s not the Top 40 they are looking to conquer, but patients’ drug charts – with Dorset HealthCare producing a pop video to help raise awareness about medicines safety in its hospitals and out in the community.
Young people using Bournemouth’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) have turned to interior design and helped revamp a therapeutic art room and clinic areas.