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Updated 6 April 2022

28 February 2022

Plans for a once-in-a generation redevelopment of Dorset County Hospital’s (DCH) site, including a new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit building, can be viewed online from Monday, 28 February.

DCH has been earmarked £77.3m of Government funding to build a new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit, which would link to the existing hospital, plus create an Integrated Care Hub – where health, social care and voluntary services could work together to provide care to patients at home or in a community setting.

The scheme, if approved by local planners, would form part of the Government’s New Hospital Programme.

The Trust also has additional plans to build a new two-storey main entrance, hospital support centre and key worker housing.

All the proposed developments are part of the Trust’s Your Future Hospital programme, which sets out development plans on the DCH site over the next five years.

Interim Chief Executive at Dorset County Hospital Nick Johnson said: “It’s an exciting time for us at Dorset County Hospital and we’re delighted to have been included in the Government’s New Hospital Programme.

“We hope that these plans will make a huge difference to our patients, staff and visitors. It would help increase capacity to meet demand and give patients the care and support they need, as well as provide staff with a better place to work, enabling them to continue to provide outstanding care to those who need it.”

DCH is inviting patients and the local community to view and comment on the proposals online until 11 March.

Feedback will then be used to further develop the plans and included as part of the Trust’s outline planning application.

Nick added: “We’re keen to involve our patients, staff, visitors and local communities along the way as we develop our plans, so hope people will take a look and give us their feedback.”

As part of its development plans, DCH also commits to improving the overall wellbeing of its local communities through its Social Value Pledge. This includes using local tradespeople and reducing carbon emissions through sustainable design.

DCH is being supported by Prime, an award-winning specialist health and care property company, who are working in partnership with the Trust to identify and plan improvements for the future.

They have successfully teamed up on the new 650-space multi-storey car park, set into the hill on a corner site at the bottom of Williams Avenue and Damers Road.

The car park is due to open this summer and will improve parking for patients, staff and visitors, as well as free up the space needed to develop the rest of the hospital site.

Click here to read more about the Your Future Hospital programme.

3D drawing of two-storey building linked to main hospital. Artist impression
Artist impression of what the new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit could look like.