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A new scheme allowing carers to spend more time alongside loved ones with dementia is being trialled in three of Dorset’s community hospitals. Dorset HealthCare is introducing a ‘carer’s passport’ system, giving people hospital access outside of regular visiting hours and providing vital support to patients with dementia or memory problems caused by brain injuries and strokes.
Health visiting teams have been out in Poole town centre raising awareness about every-day child safety risks – and how to avoid them.
A more spacious, accessible and comfortable Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) is now open at Wimborne’s Victoria Hospital.
Treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and urgent medical problems will be available through a new service in Weymouth from July.
This week (16-22 May) is Mental Health Awareness Week, and people are being urged to bring the subject out of the shadows.
People around Dorset will have the chance to say ‘thank you’ to hard-working local nurses next week.
A unique art exhibition will showcase the creative talents of local mental health patients later this month.
A mental health support worker in Dorset who helps vulnerable people in crisis has been singled out as one of the region’s top NHS apprentices.
Patients will benefit from state-of-the-art new X-ray facilities following the completion of a major revamp project at Blandford Community Hospital.
Beacons of hope and inspiration for people around Dorset coping with serious illness or injury have been honoured at a unique awards ceremony.
A group of schoolchildren enjoyed X-ray vision during a visit to Wimborne’s Victoria Hospital. Year One pupils from Wimborne First School were invited to the community hospital, run by Dorset HealthCare, to help inform their learning about the body and the importance of exercise, hygiene and general good health.
A series of free workshops offering practical information and advice for Dorset’s growing army of carers will take place around the county this month. Run by local charity Help and Care, the events are open to anyone who cares for a friend or family member and will provide friendly guidance on key issues such as first aid, dealing with dementia, and coping with terminal illness.
A pioneering partnership project is helping to deliver faster, more joined-up care for the frail, the elderly and people with long-term health problems in the Weymouth area.
A campaign to break down myths and misunderstanding about anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other food-related health problems will take place in Dorset next week.
A major revamp of the female mental health ward at St Ann’s Hospital, Poole, is now complete – with a new name into the bargain.
There is still time to nominate people for awards celebrating outstanding recoveries from illness and injury around Dorset. The Road to Wellness 2016 awards aim to showcase inspirational stories of kindness, courage and innovation where local residents have battled to overcome debilitating physical or mental health setbacks.
Two local volunteers have been recognised for their work with The Wave Project, a pioneering mental health surf project for young people, at an annual awards ceremony hosted by the UK Pro Surf Association.
Stories of courage, kindness and innovation are being sought to highlight the many inspirational recoveries from illness and injury taking place in Dorset. The Road to Wellness 2016 awards will celebrate people across the county who have battled – or helped others – to overcome debilitating physical or mental health problems.