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14th November 2017

‘Carer’s passport’ gives extra support to hospital patients in Dorset

Carers can now spend more time alongside loved ones in Dorset’s community hospitals, thanks to a new scheme on the wards. Dorset HealthCare is introducing a ‘carer’s passport’ system, giving people hospital access outside of regular visiting hours and providing vital extra support to patients as and when they need it.

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7th November 2017

​Dissociative Identity Disorder Training for Service Users and Carers

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3rd November 2017

Dorset’s Leg Ulcer Service celebrates 20 years of care

With its large population of older people, Dorset has one of the highest incidences of leg ulcers in the UK – and yet just 20 years ago, it didn’t have a specialist service to tackle the problem. Today, thanks to the passion and commitment of NHS Specialist Nurse Val Reynolds, the picture is very different. Dorset HealthCare runs leg ulcer clinics across the county, with a current weekly caseload of more than 200 people.

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25th October 2017

The gloves are off as Frank Bruno backs award-winning mental health initiative

An innovative mental health scheme which uses boxing to help transform people’s lives has been praised by one of the sport’s biggest names. Former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno MBE gave his backing to the Fight Back Mental Health project, run by Dorset HealthCare staff with the support of Weymouth Boxing Club.

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17th October 2017

​Come and find out about the great career opportunities in the NHS

On Wednesday, 1 November, Dorset HealthCare is opening its doors for a careers evening in Poole, spotlighting the wide variety of jobs and training opportunities available. A host of roles are available in physical and mental health services, both in hospitals and community-based settings, across Dorset. There are also lots of openings in the Trust’s support services, including estates management, catering, IT, finance and human resources.

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12th October 2017

Dementia - ​First Admiral Nurse service launches in Dorset

Families living with dementia in Purbeck now have access to specialist dementia support – thanks to incredible local fundraising efforts.

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22nd September 2017

​Falls clinic helps people to get back on their feet – and stay there

But innovative working by Dorset HealthCare is helping many older people in Bournemouth and Poole get back on their feet – and successfully stay there. Today sees the start of national Falls Prevention Awareness Week (22-28 September), which aims to dispel the myth that falls are a “normal” part of ageing. And the Bournemouth and Poole Community Therapy Team has been actively proving the point

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22nd September 2017

"​A very positive step forward” – Dorset HealthCare’s response to the Clinical Services Review decisions

The NHS Dorset CCG Governing Body has approved the recommendations on the Clinical Services Review and Mental Health Acute Care Pathway Review.

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18th September 2017

​Inspirational patient care is showcased at local health awards

Outstanding staff and volunteers who go the extra mile to help patients have been honoured at a local healthcare ‘Oscars’ event. The Dorset HealthCare 2017 Heroes Awards celebrated the work of teams and individuals around the county who have made a real difference over the past 12 months.

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14th September 2017

A theatrical grand opening for Blandford Hospital’s new end of life care unit

A brand new, state-of-the-art palliative care unit at Blandford Hospital has been officially opened by one of Britain’s most renowned actors, novelists and screenwriters.

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7th September 2017

AFC Bournemouth and Dorset HealthCare join forces to give young Cherries fan new lease of life

A young AFC Bournemouth fan is the talk of his friends after becoming the first person to be fitted with hearing aids branded with the team’s crest and colours. It’s all thanks to a novel idea from the Audiology Team at Dorset HealthCare, with support from the Premier League club and London-based hearing aid manufacturer Starkey.

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4th September 2017

Local young people have their say about mental health

Students from Weymouth College, together with a group of Poole schoolchildren, will help turn the spotlight on young people’s mental health next week. Dorset HealthCare is hosting a free day of events at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, open to NHS staff, patients, carers, volunteers and members of the public.

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17th August 2017

Four-legged Lofty spreads a little happiness at Blandford Hospital

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.

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14th August 2017

We’re in! Sports stars help showcase Dragons’ Den healthcare project

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.

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8th August 2017

Children and young people at the forefront as Dorset HealthCare introduces new ChatHealth initiative

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.

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4th August 2017

TV psychologist headlines local healthcare celebration day

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.

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2nd August 2017

Pebble Lodge becomes national centre of excellence for children and adolescent mental health services

Dorset is now home to one of the leading inpatient mental health services for young people in the country, with similar organisations far and wide turning to us to help improve their standards of care.

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1st August 2017

Top NHS doctor hails Dorset’s “inspirational” approach to health care

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.

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27th July 2017

Tireless volunteers honoured for helping others across Dorset

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.

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21st July 2017

Dorset HealthCare helping to strengthen the bond between mother and baby

Two Dorset nurses have introduced baby massage classes in a bid to promote natural bonding between mums and their new-born child.

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