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Dorset County Hospital scoop two prizes at NHS research awards - 9 April 2019
Research professionals and patients from Dorset County Hospital have been presented with two awards at a ceremony hosted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinical Research Network (CRN) Wessex.​​​

New project aims to ignite memories of dementia patients - 29 March 2019
A new project aimed at engaging, sharing and recording memories of people living with dementia is coming to Dorset County Hospital. 

Hospital GEM Awards nominations - 14 March 2019
Dorset County Hospital is calling for nominations for its annual staff awards - The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Awards.

MasterChef winner delivers on his promise​​​​ - 13 March 2019
An award-winning chef cooked up a storm at an auction evening, helping to raise an overwhelming amount for charity.

Striking golden oak unveiled at Dorset County Hospital - 12 March 2019​​
A glistening golden oak has been installed at Dorset County Hospital – and it represents a very powerful message.​

Midwives at Dorset County Hospital scoop prestigious award​ - 8 March 2019
Midwives from Dorset County Hospital's homebirth team have scooped a prestigious award. 

Hot new wheels spotted at Dorset County Hospital - 6 March 2019
You may spot some new wheels at Dorset County Hospital.​

Learn more about NHS service changes in West Dorset - 27 February 2019​
Two public drop-in events in Bridport will outline how the relocation of some NHS day services will help reduce waiting times and improve services for patients.​

New LED helipad lighting makes vital difference at Dorset County Hospital - 26 February 2019
New helipad lighting is making a vital difference at Dorset County Hospital.

New art exhibition highlights the importance of organ donation - 25 January 2019
An up and coming artist is using a series of embroidered t-shirts to encourage people to stop and think about organ donation.​

New birthing pool hire service available at Dorset County Hospital - 24 January 2019
A new birthing pool hire service is now available at Dorset County Hospital, thanks to a generous donation.

Adding a splash of colour to Dorset County Hospital​​ - 23 January 2019
A new art exhibition is capturing people's eye at Dorset County Hospital. 

Radiographer makes a difference to those less fortunate - 9 January 2019
A radiographer from Dorset County Hospital has been making a difference to those less fortunate.


Christmas lights switch-on highlights organ donation - 21 December 2018
Staff at Dorset County Hospital asked people to think about the gift of organ donation as they switched on their Christmas tree lights.​

​Dorset County Hospital saves Christmas - 20 December 2018​
Christmas could have been a different story this year if it wasn't for the fast action of staff at Dorset County Hospital. ​

Robert White Centre official opening - 13 December 2018
A very special guest helps officially open a new £9 million cancer centre for Dorset at DCH.

Golden Lulworth oak arrives at Dorset County Hospital - 16 November 2018

The creation of a unique sculpture at Dorset County Hospital has taken an exciting step forward.

Dorset County Hospital rated 'good' by CQC - 5 November 2018
We are delighted to have improved our Care Quality Rating to 'good' thanks to the fantastic efforts of our staff to provide the very best care.

Dorset County Hospital set for annual Open Day - 25 September 2018
DCH is gearing up for its annual Open Day next month, allowing visitors the opportunity to catch a glimpse of what goes on inside its walls.​

Friends of Dorset County Hospital launch new fundraising initiative​ - 18 September 2018
A new fundraising initiative at Dorset County Hospital will allow for clearer and quicker procedures for patients with pleural diseases

Hospital annual general meeting - 14 September 2018
Attendees at DCH's annual general meeting heard that the hospital had another busy but successful year

Woman's 'second chance at life' following organ transplant - 6 September 2018
A transplant patient is backing calls for people to sign up to become an organ donor this Organ Donation Week

Hoard of ducks invades hospital - 5 September 2018
A hoard of knitted ducks invaded Dorset County Hospital this summer!

More support for mums with depression and anxiety - 3 August 2018
A support group for women with postnatal and antenatal depression and anxiety in West Dorset is celebrating its one-year anniversary by opening two more groups

DCH offers more patients than ever before the chance to participate in research - 18 July 2018
Patients attending DCH have been given more access to better care, services and treatments following a significant increase in research activity

Governor election results announced - 10 July 2018
We are pleased to announce the results of our 2018 governor elections

Major milestone for cancer patients in Dorset - 28 June 2018
The keys to the new £9million radiotherapy building on the Dorset County Hospital site were handed over this month

Staff and volunteers honoured at GEM and Long Service Awards - 18 June 2018
Our staff and volunteers received well deserved recognition for their hard work and dedication at our annual awards ceremony

Groundbreaking thumb surgery trial at DCH - 8 June 2018
We have been chosen as one of just four hospitals in the UK to take part in the trial of an innovative new surgical procedure for patients with osteoarthritis of the thumb joint

DCH wins prestigious CHKS Top Hospitals award - 22 May 2018
DCH is one of CHKS's Top Hospitals for 2018, an award made on the basis of a wide range of performance indicators

Patients rate DCH as one of the best - 11 May 2018
Dorset County Hospital is in the top 15 trusts in the country according to the results of the latest national inpatient survey

Research award for reflexologist working with cancer patients - 4 May 2018
The work of a reflexologist supporting cancer patients at DCH has been recognised with an international award

DCH shortlisted for national healthcare efficiency award - 2 May 2018
We have been shortlisted for the CHKS national healthcare efficiency award as part of the annual Top Hospitals programme awards

Governor elections information sessions - 25 April 2018
DCH is looking for people who would like to make a difference to their local hospital by becoming a hospital governor

DCH bucks national trend on emergency waits - 20 April 2018
We are delighted to have been recognised as one of only three hospitals in the country to meet the emergency access standard in March

Dorset delight as hospital's anaesthetics team celebrate high standards of patient care - 20 April 2018
The anaesthetic department at Dorset County Hospital have been recognised for providing the highest quality care to patients

Dorset takes top prize in NHS research awards - 21 March 2018
An NHS research study looking into the rehabilitation of knee replacement patients across Dorset has won a prestigious award

IBD nurse wins national award for excellence - 21 March 2018
DCH nurse Pearl Avery has won a national award for going above and beyond for her patients and service

Hospital GEM Awards open for nominations - 13 March 2018
DCH's annual Going the Extra Mile Awards are now open for nominations. Deadline for entries is 12 April 2018

Staff rank DCH highly for career progression and support - 9 March 2018
DCH is in the top 20% of all acute trusts for providing equal opportunities for career progression as well as recognition and value of staff and support from managers

Join in with NHS70 celebrations - 21 February 2018
DCH is asking for help from local people to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS this year

DCH midwife wins top honour - 5 February 2018
Ali Fuszard crowned South of England's 'Emma's Diary Mums' Midwife of the Year 2018'

DCH joins #endPJparalysis campaign - 29 January 2018
Staff launch an initiative to encourage patients to 'get up, get dressed and be active' while in hospital

Refurbished cardiac catheter lab up and running - 26 January 2018
Cardiology team delighted to launch their newly refurbished cardiac catheter lab


New specialised surgery for DCH cancer patients - 22 December 2017
DCH is delighted to have been chosen as one of five pilot training sites for an enhanced operating technique for patients with rectal cancer.

Birthday celebrations for specialist antenatal clinic - 22 December 2017
Dorset County Hospital has celebrated the first birthday of its specialist clinic to support the mental health needs of mums-to-be.

Silver Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Award for Hospital - 18 December 2017
Dorset County Hospital was honoured to be awarded a Silver Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Award by the Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

State-of-the-art x-rays for patients at DCH - 14 December 2017
Dorset County Hospital is delighted to announce the arrival of new state-of-the-art x-ray equipment in the Diagnostic Imaging department.

Christmas lights switch-on highlights organ donation - 13 December 2017
Staff from the critical care unit at Dorset County Hospital asked people to think about the gift of organ donation as they switched on their Christmas tree lights.

Hospital’s trainee doctors return to their roots - 17 November 2017
Dorset County Hospital is pleased to welcome two doctors who have returned to their home county after studying medicine away, with the aim of giving back something to the community where they grew up. 

Dorset consultant recognised with national research award - 15 November 2017
A consultant working at Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has received national recognition for his research within anaesthesia and intensive care medicine.  

Hospital seeks volunteer Patient Research Ambassadors - 9 November 2017
Dorset County Hospital is asking for public volunteers to help shape innovative health research at the hospital.

Hospital launches new night time service - 12 October 2017
DCHFT has launched a new service to maximise patient safety at night.

Hospital Open Day - 9 October 2017
Hundreds of visitors had the chance to see behind the scenes of their local hospital at Dorset County Hospital’s annual open day.

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Welcomes CSR Decisions - 20 September 2017
DCHFT responds to Clinical Services Review decisions

Hospital Open Day 7 October - 15 September 2017
Dorset County Hospital is gearing up for its popular annual open day

Hospital team takes on military challenge - 12 September 2017
A team from DCH has undertaken the South West NHS Military Challenge

BSO's Music for a While project - 29 August 2017
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's new partnership with Arts in Hospital will bring music to the lives of dementia patients in Dorchester

DCH Diabetes UK Clinical Champion - 11 August 2017
Agnieszka Graja, diabetes specialist nurse at DCH, has been selected as a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, to help transform care for people living with diabetes in Dorset

New support group for mums - 27 July 2017
A support group for women who are suffering from depression or anxiety when having a new baby is being set up at Dorset County Hospital

Dorset's cancer services score highly in national patient survey - 26 July 2017
Our cancer services have been rated exceptionally well by patients in the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey for 2016.

Health secretary visits Dorset's acute hospitals - 13 July 2017
Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt visited DCH as part of a trip to Dorset to meet NHS staff and talk about patient safety

Hospital seeks new non-executive director - 5 July 2017
Dorset County Hospital is on the lookout for a new non-executive director to join its Board

All invited to AMM and AGM - 30 June 2017 
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is holding its Annual Members’ Meeting and Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 11 July

Staff and volunteers honoured at GEM and Long Service Awards - 13 June 2017
Dorset County Hospital staff and volunteers received well deserved recognition for their hard work and dedication at the 2017 GEM and Long Service Awards

Show your support for Dorset County Hospital - 9 June 2017
North Dorset residents are being asked to show their support for Dorset County Hospital by becoming a Foundation Trust member

New parking charges come into effect at DCH - 30 May 2017
As announced earlier this year, new parking charges are being introduced at Dorset County Hospital from 9 June 2017.

Dorset County Hospital named as one of the CHKS Top Hospitals 2017 - 15 May 2017
We have been named as one of the CHKS Top Hospitals for 2017, an accolade awarded to the top performing CHKS client trusts

Official opening of new Friends of DCH Shop - 8 May 2017
The Friends of DCH will officially launch their new, purpose-built shop on Tuesday 16 May 2017

Birthday Celebrations for Cygnet Homebirth Team - 20 April 2017
The Cygnet Homebirth Team at Dorset County Hospital will be celebrating their second birthday with a picnic in the park on 5 May

State-of-the-art mattresses for inpatients at DCH - 12 April 2017
Our inpatients are now benefitting from new state-of-the-art 'hybrid' mattresses

GEM Awards Open for Nominations - 27 March 2017
Our annual staff awards - the Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Awards - are now open for nominations

New role to help eye patients - 22 March 2017
Dorset County Hospital has teamed up with the Dorset Blind Association to improve support for eye patients with the creation of a new joint post.

New retail offer at Dorset County Hospital - 20 March 2017
Dorset County Hospital has teamed up with Compass Group UK & Ireland to extend the retail space and offer at the hospital

Nutrition and Hydration Week - 16 March 2017
We have marked global Nutrition and Hydration Week with a series of special events

DCH plans for Damers School site - 3 February 2017
Dorset County Hospital is expected to take ownership of the Damers School site in April 2017 when the school moves to its new home at Poundbury

New car parking charges to be introduced at DCH - 27 January 2017
New parking charges are being introduced at Dorset County Hospital from April 2017

Clinical Services Review Consultation - Trust Board Statement - 19 January 2017
With the CSR consultation in full swing, the Trust Board of DCHFT felt it would be useful to issue a statement to outline the Trust's position

DCH neonatal unit re-designated to SCBU - 4 January 2017
Dorset County Hospital’s neonatal unit will change to a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) from 9 January 2017