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​Volunteering

For more information about volunteering opportunities at Dorset County Hospital please contact the Volunteer Coordinator on 01305 255351 or volunteering@dchft.nhs.uk​.

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 255351.

Ridgeway Radio and KeeP106

KeeP106, is the 'on air' name of Ridgeway Community Radio, a Community Interest Company (CIC), and is the community radio station from Dorchester, which has been up and running since July 2018.

Listeners in Dorset County Hospital are able to listen via the internet on their personal devices such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop with headphones/ear buds etc, or, of course, an FM radio on 106.3.

The name KeeP106 is taken from the fact that the studio is based at the Little Keep in Dorchester. This community radio project has been inspired by the long-established hospital radio station at Dorset County Hospital which has been broadcasting to patients for 20 years as Ridgeway Radio and before that as West Dorset Hospital Radio. In fact, hospital radio in Dorchester began over 50 years ago with the formation of the Dorchester Hospital Broadcasting Service when the hospital was located in Princes Street. Several original members of the DHBS continue their association with KeeP106, bringing hospital and community together.

You can find out more on the KeeP106 website:

https://keep106.com/​