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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.
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.
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.
The hospital was opened in 1887 to honour the jubilee of Queen Victoria. The rent was agreed at 5 shillings a year for the half acre of ground and paid to Sir John Hanham with the understanding that the site must be used as a cottage hospital for the poor.
To begin with, the hospital could accommodate nine patients who were cared for by matron, who worked both day and night and took no annual leave.
Over the 130 years since its opening, the hospital has undergone many changes and has grown to now accommodate 22 in-patients, as well as an operating theatre, endoscopy suite, outpatients department, physiotherapy department, minor injuries unit and a radiology department.
Despite the many changes, the hospital still retains the ethos that we are here to serve the community and provide the highest standards of healthcare to our patients. The hospital remains very much at the heart of the community and is well supported by the local people and the friends of Victoria Hospital.
We pride ourselves on the variety of services we are able to offer and the standard of care we are able to provide. Many of our staff have worked here for many years and are extremely dedicated in their roles.
We strive to achieve recognition for the work we do and have succeeded in gaining Joint Advisoery Group (JAG) accreditation in our endoscopy department. The radiology department is accredited by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). This means we have been assessed by UKAS against all standards of the Quality Standards for Imaging (QSI) which provides formal third-party recognition that an imaging service provider is delivering high quality imaging services. We are currently working towards achieving recognition for our end of life care and care for older people on Hanham Ward.
President of the Friends: Dr David Pope
Contact: 01202 856484
Victoria RoadWimborneDorsetBH21 1ER
Disabled Access: Yes
Open Hours: 08.45 - 16.15 Fridays by appointment only
Office opening times: Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm
Manager: Samantha Leonard
Dietetics Clinic (Victoria Hospital)
Opening Times: Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 16.30
Visiting Hours: 7 days a week from 15:00 to 16:30
In-patient unit for elderly care/rehabilitation
Opening times during COVID-19 outbreak
Monday to Friday: 8am-8pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 8am-8pm
Please note that all MIUs will see their last patient 30 minutes before closing and you must call ahead and book an appointment. Do not just turn up.
Monday to Friday: 8.30am-4pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: closed.
Parking: Yes- plus local town car parks
Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 18.00
More information on radiology facilities