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1st April 2020

Minor injuries services in Dorset are being reorganised

To make best use of NHS resources, and ensure robust and reliable services, temporary changes are being made to Dorset’s Minor Injuries Units (MIUs).

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26th March 2020

Visiting to all inpatient units suspended until further notice

Visitors will not be able to visit our inpatient units until further notice, apart from in exceptional circumstances.

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25th March 2020

Changes to NHS services in Dorset to help manage COVID-19

NHS services in Dorset are gearing up for changes help minimise the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and deal with any upturn in patient numbers caused by the outbreak.

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6th March 2020

New mental health service planned for Shaftesbury

Residents in and around Shaftesbury will soon be able to access mental health support at a site next to the town’s Westminster Memorial Hospital.

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20th February 2020

Young people are given a helping hand into adult life

Vulnerable teenagers are being equipped with a ‘survival kit’ ready for when they leave care, to help them remain independent and healthy.

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14th February 2020

LGBT+ patient speaks out to educate staff

A young transgender patient has been giving local NHS staff invaluable training and insights into dealing with LGBT+ people.

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7th February 2020

Bridport Hospital opens new-look inpatient ward

​Bridport Hospital’s new Colmer’s Ward has been officially opened by the Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell.

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3rd February 2020

How talking about her mental health saved a Dorset woman’s life

“My illness made me believe that no one would be able to help me. I thought that the only way out was by suicide. I now see that had I have acted out that plan, I would have missed out on so much and it would have been such a tragedy.”

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22nd January 2020

New film showcases Swanage as the perfect place for an NHS career

Swanage Hospital is marking its 125th anniversary by leading a drive to recruit more community hospital staff to Dorset.

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14th January 2020

Dorset radiology departments celebrate national recognition

Radiology departments at Victoria Hospital (Wimborne) and Swanage Hospital deliver top quality services for patients – and that’s official.

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9th January 2020

Wimborne hospital celebrates five-star reviews

Staff at Wimborne’s Victoria Hospital have been awarded a number of ‘five-star’ reviews by patients via the NHS Choices website.

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6th January 2020

New van offers refuge and support to people on the streets

Vulnerable young people, sex workers and others at risk of harm and exploitation on the streets of Bournemouth can now seek help and advice from a new outreach van service.

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31st December 2019

Learning Disability Nurses mark 100 years of the profession

To celebrate a century of learning disability nursing, local nurses past and present gathered at Bulbury Woods Golf Club near Poole.

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23rd December 2019

Miniature farm brings big joy to mental health patients

Fur and feathered therapy was the order of the day when a miniature farm visited Pebble Lodge, the children and young people’s inpatient mental health unit in Bournemouth.

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18th December 2019

Mental health services open 24/7 during Christmas and New Year

Dorset’s Access Mental Health services will be open as usual during Christmas and New Year to support those struggling to cope, heading towards a breakdown or even feeling suicidal.

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17th December 2019

Helping the homeless this winter

Staff at Dorset HealthCare donated 40 bags of clothing and food to support local homeless people.

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1st November 2019

A decade of ‘Steps’ towards better mental health

Steps to Wellbeing, a mental health support service which has helped thousands of people, has celebrated its 10th birthday.

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30th October 2019

Sherborne’s community hospital wins national award

A ward at Sherborne’s Yeatman Hospital has impressed judges to become the first-ever ‘Hospital Ward of the Year’ for end-of-life care.

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28th October 2019

Celebrate your 'stand-out superstar'

Public nominations are now open for our Better Every Day Awards

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14th October 2019

Changes to immunisation consent for children

All children across Dorset should have now received information from the school they attend about this year’s immunisations.

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