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For more information about volunteering opportunities at Dorset County Hospital please contact the Volunteer Coordinator on 01305 255239 or​.

Friends of Dorset County Hospital

We were founded in 1956 to provide comfort and help to patients at the old Dorset County Hospital, their relatives and friends.

Today's modern hospital is very different, but our volunteers still do what we were set up to do back in 1956. We also provide a service to patients and visitors, visiting the wards twice daily and having a one stop shop providing the little extras the patients may need. With the profits from these services we are able to provide facilities and equipment that is not always available through NHS funding.

The Friends volunteers run the hospital shop and trolley service. You can find out more here​.

Hospital Guides

The team of hospital guide volunteers provide a valuable and much appreciated service, helping patients and visitors to find the department they are looking for when arriving at the main entrances.

If you would like to become a volunteer contact the Hospital Guides via the main reception at Dorset County Hospital or call the Guide Co–ordinator on 01305 265927.

Ridgeway Radio

Ridgeway Radio is a voluntary organisation offering a personal and local radio service for the enjoyment of patients while in Dorset County Hospital.

Patients can tune in to Ridgeway Radio for free on Patientline radio channel 1.

If you would like to find out more about getting involved in the hospital radio station give us a call on the telephone number below or visit our website.

Telephone and answerphone: 01305 254227

Fax: 01305 255677