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Updated 15 June 2021

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Just think NHS 111 first for Dorset minor injuries units - 15 June 2021
Think NHS 111 first – that’s the message for anyone needing urgent care as Dorset re-opens its full network of minor injuries units (MIUs) on 21 June for pre-booked appointments.

Dorset County Hospital staff awarded for outstanding contributions to COVID-19 research - 21 May 2021
Staff at Dorset County Hospital (DCH) have been recognised for their research efforts during the pandemic, at a virtual ceremony hosted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Wessex on 13 May 2021.

Marking the start of the multi-storey car park construction - 16 April 2021
The start of construction work on Dorset County Hospital’s multi-storey car park has been officially marked with a turf cutting ceremony.

Help your local NHS by knowing where to get help over Easter - 23 March 2021
Despite the decrease in cases of COVID-19, local health services are still under huge pressure meaning it is as important as ever that you make the right decision if you need care over the Easter weekend.

Dorset County Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department granted QSI accreditation - 17 March 2021
Dorset County Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department has been received national recognition for the quality of its services.

NHS Staff Survey results published - 11 March 2021
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has pledged to do more to ensure it is a fully inclusive employer following the publication of the latest NHS National Staff Survey results.

Over a quarter of a million local people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in Dorset - 25 February 2021
Since the first vaccination was delivered at Dorset County Hospital in December 2020 more than 275,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to people in the BCP Council and Dorset Council areas.

Volunteers, we thank you - 25 February 2021
Thousands of people across the county have provided an invaluable contribution to the emergency services and public services response during an unprecedented and challenging time.

An open letter to local residents – your support means so much to everyone in the NHS - 16 February 2021
Thank you for your continued support for your local NHS. Your support means so much to everyone in the NHS.

Public invited to have their say on artwork for new hospital multi-storey car park - 8 February 2021
Local people are being invited to choose the images which will be used as artwork on the sides of Dorset County Hospital’s new multi-storey car park.

Dorset's health and care system appeals for help - 9 January 2021
The new COVID-19 variant is spreading fast and we all need to play our part to stop the spread.


Work set to begin on hospital’s multi-storey car park - 21 December 2020
Work will begin on Dorset County Hospital's much anticipated multi-storey car park in January 2021 to kick-start a major expansion of clinical facilities.

NHS in Dorset launches next phase of COVID-19 vaccine roll-out - 15 December 2020
Local vaccination services run by GPs will open this week in Dorset as the NHS continues its phased roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine to priority groups.

NHS in Dorset Starts Biggest Ever NHS Vaccination Programme - 8 December 2020
The NHS in Dorset is starting to vaccinate people against COVID-19 at Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from this week at the start of the biggest immunisation programme in history.

Dorset County Hospital staff switch on Weymouth's Christmas lights - 2 December 2020
Weymouth Town Council celebrated the official switching on of the town’s Christmas lights with a virtual event, and it featured special guests from Dorset County Hospital. 

Planning committee approves multi-storey planning application - 15 September 2020
We are delighted to announce that Dorset Council's Northern Area Planning Committee has approved our multi-storey car park planning application.

DCH’s Director of Strategy, Transformation and Partnerships Nick Johnson said: “We are delighted with the decision and very grateful to the local councillors for so carefully considering our application and recognising the importance of this development for our hospital and local people. In coming to their decision they recognised that the social and economic benefits of the first phase of our site development plans significantly outweigh any harm to local heritage and landscape. We’d also like to commend the planning officers for their professional and balanced advice.

“We are really excited to now be able to forge ahead with our plans to build the multi-storey car park to free up space on the site for expanding essential clinical services and creating a hospital fit for the future for years to come.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to pass on a huge thank you to all the local people and our local partners who showed their support for our development plans in the run up to the committee meeting. Over 3,000 local residents signed the online Register of Support and many people took the time to write comments of support which were really heartening to receive.”

Disappointment as council planners recommend hospital multi-storey car park plan is refused - 7 September 2020
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has voiced disappointment after learning that Dorset Council planners have recommended that permission is refused for the multi-storey car park which would unlock the development of clinical services on the Dorchester site.

Public urged to show their support for hospital development plans - 14 August 2020
Clinicians at DCH are asking local residents to register their support for the first phase of plans to expand key clinical facilities on the Dorchester site.

New dedicated stroke and neurological rehab unit - 12 August 2020
Dorset County Hospital and Dorset HealthCare are jointly providing a new dedicated rehabilitation unit for people recovering from stroke and neurological illnesses or injuries.

Former patient gives back to the Friends Dorset County Hospital - 31 July 2020
A former patient from Dorchester is raising money for the Friends of Dorset County
Hospital after they left a lasting impression during her four-month stay at the Trust.

Millions in government funding allocated for hospital development - 30 July 2020
Dorset County Hospital has been allocated £62.5million of Government funding to expand key clinical services on its Dorchester site.

Staff at Dorset County Hospital express heartfelt thanks to the community - 23 June 2020
Staff at Dorset County Hospital want to express their heartfelt thanks to the community after being overwhelmed by donations and messages of support and kindness during the coronavirus pandemic.

New state-of-the-art CT scanner installed at Dorset County Hospital - 18 June 2020
A new state-of-the-art CT scanner has been installed at Dorset County Hospital and is the first of its kind across the whole of the south.

New Wi-Fi network to enhance patient experience at Dorset County Hospital - 18 May 2020
A new Wi-Fi network at Dorset County Hospital will enhance the experience of patients, allowing them to stay better connected to loved ones during their stay.

Recovering coronavirus patient thanks Dorset County Hospital staff - 17 April 2020
A coronavirus patient is on the road to recovery after spending a week in intensive care at Dorset County Hospital.

Portland couple tie the knot at Dorset County Hospital - 6 April 2020
A couple from Portland have tied the knot at Dorset County Hospital to celebrate their love amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Devoted nurse recognised by Prime Minister for her support to women with gynaecological cancers - 10 March 2020
A devoted nurse at Dorset County Hospital has been recognised by the Prime Minister.

Dorset County Hospital GEM Awards open for nominations - 3 March 2020
Dorset County Hospital's annual awards are now open for nominations. 

New fundraising initiative launched by Friends of Dorset County Hospital - 17 February 2020
A new fundraising initiative at Dorset County Hospital will help provide earlier diagnosis for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Oncology nurse shortlisted in BJN Awards - 12 February 2020
A dedicated nurse at Dorset County Hospital has been shortlisted as a finalist in the British Journal of Nursing (BJN) Awards. 

New initiative will allow patients to attend appointments at the touch of a button - 11 February 2020
A new initiative being trialled at Dorset County Hospital will allow patients to attend appointments at the touch of a button. 

Dorset County Hospital rated highly in Maternity Survey - 10 February 2020
Women giving birth at Dorset County Hospital can be assured of high standards of care. 

Dorset County Hospital ambulance handover times best in region - 7 February 2020
Ambulance handover times at Dorset County Hospital are now the quickest in the South West region thanks to an innovative new approach.

Dorset County Hospital staff flu vaccination rate one of the best in the country - 30 January 2020
Dorset County Hospital staff have smashed their flu vaccination target this year, achieving one of the best rates in the country.

Dorset County Hospital hip fracture mortality rate among lowest in the country - 24 January 2020
Dorset County Hospital is rated among the best in the country for dealing with hip fractures.

New team of midwives will focus on expectant mothers in North Dorset - 20 January 2020
A new team of midwives will be focusing their care on expectant mothers in North Dorset to ensure stronger and more personal relationships are built before the birth.

Integrated care for respiratory patients - 10 January 2020
Clinicians at Dorset County Hospital are working with colleagues in primary care to introduce new initiatives to improve the care offered to patients with respiratory illnesses and conditions.