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25th May 2023

Plans for new young people’s mental health unit in Dorset approved

Health chiefs are gearing up construction plans for a long-awaited specialist care unit in Dorset for young people with severe mental health problems, after winning planning approval.

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23rd May 2023

Stammering support group for Dorset children leads NHS staff innovation awards

A pioneering proposal to set up a county-wide social support group for children who stammer, and their families, has scooped funding from Dorset HealthCare.

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17th May 2023

Harry Redknapp unveils Wimborne’s new-look x-ray department

Former Premier League manager and ‘King of the Jungle’ Harry Redknapp has re-opened the radiology department at Wimborne’s Victoria Hospital, following a major revamp of the unit.

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16th May 2023

New video spotlights anxiety during Mental Health Awareness Week

This Mental Health Awareness Week (15-21 May), a local NHS talking therapies service is highlighting the help and support available for people struggling with anxiety.

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11th May 2023

Support for young people experiencing exam stress and anxiety

During this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (15-21 May), Dorset HealthCare’s Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in schools service is advising children and young people how to cope with exam stress and signposting them to help if they need it.

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10th May 2023

National honour heads up Nurses’ Day celebrations this week

Health visitor of 24 years Jane Hill, who works in Weymouth for Dorset HealthCare, has been made a Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). And the honour is among many local achievements being celebrated on International Nurses Day this Friday, 12 May.

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4th May 2023

Local NHS counselling service offers support for new parents to combat ‘baby blues’

This Maternal Mental Health Week (1-7 May), a local NHS talking therapies service is letting new mums know that help and support is available if they are feeling low, stressed, or worried.

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2nd May 2023

New service for local women launched in Maternal Mental Health Week

A new specialist service is being launched to support women experiencing pregnancy-related fear, trauma or loss.

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27th April 2023

Reduced minor injuries service during bank holiday Monday strike action

Dorset’s network of minor injuries units (MIUs) will be operating a reduced service during Monday’s (1 May) industrial action by the Royal College of Nursing.

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25th April 2023

Spring COVID-19 booster clinics open for vulnerable Dorset residents

Over-75s, people aged five and over who have a weakened immune system and older adult care home residents are all entitled to a free vaccination to protect themselves from the virus.

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18th April 2023

Local NHS mental wellbeing service launches new, easy-to-use website

Steps2Wellbeing, a free NHS mental health support service, has launched a new-look website which makes accessing help simpler than ever.

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14th April 2023

Joint Chair appointed for Dorset County Hospital and Dorset HealthCare

Dorset County Hospital and Dorset HealthCare have appointed David Clayton-Smith as their new Joint Chair.

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13th April 2023

Dorset HealthCare changes guidance on face coverings

Wearing face masks at Dorset HealthCare sites is no longer mandatory.

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27th March 2023

Inspirational cycle ride sows the seeds for greenhouse therapy

People in Dorset recovering from brain injuries are benefiting from a new greenhouse, plus gym equipment, thanks to the fundraising efforts of an “inspirational” former patient.

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23rd March 2023

New purpose-built eating disorders facility opens in Poole

A new state-of-the-art £8 million development to support local people with eating disorders is now open.

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21st March 2023

Dorset’s LGBT+ mental health support to be a role model for Rwanda

Lessons learned from supporting Dorset and Southampton’s LGBT+ community with mental health issues are set to benefit people in Africa.

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14th March 2023

Show your support for better mental health facilities in Dorset

Plans have been submitted for building works that will improve mental health provision at St Ann’s Hospital – and Dorset HealthCare needs your support.

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13th March 2023

Young people encouraged to connect to boost mental wellbeing

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) engaged with local schools to highlight the importance of connection for mental wellbeing.

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21st February 2023

Teenage booster vaccination provision to change

Our School Aged Immunisation Team is changing the way it offers teenage booster vaccinations this academic year and going forward.

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17th February 2023

Thank you for the music – choir gives patients their voice back

A music group which helps people rebuild their lives after a brain injury is going from strength to strength, after being championed by local NHS staff.

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