Blandford Community Hospital

We are now allowing limited visiting to our inpatient hospital wards and mental health units, in line with current COVID-19 restrictions.

Visiting is only permitted once a patient has been admitted for 72 hours and we know they do not have the virus.

  • Each patient may have one named visitor, per day, for one hour. Visits should be arranged in advance by contacting the ward.
  • Please arrive at the site wearing a face covering, and clean your hands on entering the building.
  • You must use hand sanitiser and put on a surgical mask, gloves and apron before entering the ward area. These will be provided for you on arrival.
  • Please comply with the social distancing guidance, staying two metres away from others wherever possible during your visit. Follow the signs and guidance posters in our buildings.

 Unfortunately, no visitors are allowed for patients who have COVID-19, except for compassionate reasons – for example, to see people receiving end-of-life care.

You must not visit our hospitals if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are self-isolating because you’ve been in contact with someone who has symptoms.

We understand these restrictions are very difficult, but are necessary to slow the spread of the virus and keep people safe. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are offering a virtual inpatient visiting service at a number of our sites, where electronic tablets are given to inpatients to keep in contact with relatives and friends via video. 

Outpatient appointments are continuing to take place where appropriate and where it is safe to do so. We would recommend you come alone unless it is with a child or someone that needs additional support. For further information please review how our services are running or contact the service directly. Prior to attending a site, please refer to your appointment letter or read the following guidance for specific details on visiting so you are COVID-19 safe.

Blandford MIU is temporarily closed, with staff relocated to Shaftesbury and Wimborne MIUs to improve services and extend opening times during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have an ailment or injury which requires urgent care, please call NHS 111 or 01305 762541 and you will be given advice or – if necessary – booked in for a face-to-face appointment at the appropriate site.

Phone NHS 111 if you’re not sure what support you need, or call 999 for anything life threatening as normal.


Blandford Hospital opened on the current site in 1891 and has gone through many changes over the years. In 1938 the hospital had a major extension and in 1967 a physiotherapy unit was added. The development of the current building began in 1982 and was completed in 1986, with the new hospital being formally opened by The Princess Royal.

Services currently offered at the hospital include some minor surgery including podiatry, pain management procedures and maxillary facial surgery. There is a nurse-led minor injuries unit (MIU) equipped to assess and treat a variety of minor injuries and illnesses. We have an out-patients department staffed by visiting clinicians from other hospital trusts and our own nursing staff.

We have an X-ray department, physiotherapy department with therapy gym and a 24 bedded in-patient ward providing nursing / medical care and rehabilitation, including two new palliative care suites. There’s also an excellent dining room for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy quality food cooked fresh in-house.

In 2015 we brought health and social care teams together here to work side by side to better co-ordinate support for patients. In 2017 we launched our ‘virtual ward’, a multidisciplinary team including staff from the hospital, community, social services, GP surgery and mental health team. They meet weekly to discuss the care and needs of the vulnerable patients in our community.

The hospital has always been and continues to be extremely well supported by the Friends of Blandford Hospital who fund many improvements within the hospital and the wider community to enhance the health and wellbeing of local people.

Friends of Blandford Community Hospital

Chairman: Steve Cole

Contact: 01258 450095

Website: www.friendsofblandford.org.uk

Email: is dhc.friends.blandford.nhs.net

Clergy Support

Church Contacts

Address

Milldown Road
Blandford Forum
DT11 7DD

Reception

01258 456541

Matron

Helen Hunt

Locations

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Blandford Community Hospital)

01258 394149
N/A
Milldown Road,
Blandford,
DT11 7DD

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (North Dorset)

Community Mental Health Team - Adult (Blandford - The Milldown Unit)

01258 450610
N/A
The Milldown Unit,
Community Mental Health Team,
Blandford Community Hospital,
Blandford Forum,
Dorset,
DT11 7DD

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes but limited

Disabled Access: Yes

Opening times: Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 17.00 – Bank holidays and weekends closed

Contraceptive & Sexual Health Clinic (Blandford - Blandford Community Hospital)

0300 303 1948
N/A
Milldown Road,
Blandford,
DT11 7DD

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Open Hours: Tuesday 14:00 - 19:30 (Appointments only)


Dorset MSK (Blandford - Blandford Community Hospital)

01308 426235
N/A
Milldown Road,
Blandford,
DT11 7DD

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes


Integrated Community Rehab Team - ICRT (Blandford - Blandford Community Hospital)

01258 394018
N/A
Milldown Road,
DT11 7DD

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Open Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 - 18.00, Week-ends and Bank Holidays 9.00 - 17.00


Intermediate Diabetes Dietetic Service (Blanford - Blandford Community Hospital)

01202 448061
N/A
Milldown Road,
DT11 7DD

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Open Hours: By Referral only once monthly

Access only by referral from General Practitioner/Practice Nurse at surgery

Minor Injuries Unit - Blandford Community Hospital (Blandford)

01258 394032
N/A
Milldown Road,
Blandford,
DT11 7DD

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During the COVID-19 outbreak, Blandford MIU is temporarily closed, with staff relocated to Shaftesbury and Wimborne MIUs to improve services and extend opening times.

 

WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Please note that all MIUs will see their last patient 30 minutes before closing.

Usual opening Times (this MIU is not open during COVID-19):
Monday to Friday: 09.00 - 18.00
Saturday – Sunday: 10.00 – 16.00
Bank Holidays: 10.00 – 16.00

X-ray facilities:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 09.00 – 17.00 (occasionally on Friday)
no bank holidays or weekends

Orthotics (Blandford Community Hospital) CLINIC CURRENTLY NOT RUNNING

Milldown Road,
Blandford,
Dorset,
DT11 7DD

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WiFi: No

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Appointments booked by Maple Place

Physiotherapy - Outpatients (Blandford - Blandford Community Hospital)

01258 394013
N/A
Milldown Road,
Blandford,
DT11 7DD

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Opening Hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm

Tarrant Ward (Blandford - Blandford Community Hospital)

Milldown Road,
Blandford,
DT11 7DD

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes


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