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It’s an exciting time at Dorset County Hospital as we move forward with plans to expand and improve our facilities over the next few years.

We provide emergency and planned care to a population of approximately 300,000 across the west of the county.

Increasing demand is putting increasing pressure on our Emergency Department, which treats twice as many people as it was built for. Demand is expected to rise, so investment is now vital to make sure we can meet our patients’ needs.

In July 2020, we were earmarked £77.3 million of funding from the Government’s New Hospitals Programme to expand services on our Dorchester site, including extending our Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit, plus creating an Integrated Care Hub.

We also have other plans, which includes shorter-term improvements to the Emergency Department, plus longer-term plans to provide key-working housing, a new entrance and hospital support centre. These are currently being updated but you can view the full development plans and a summary from 2019.

Find out more about our plans, work that’s underway and what your future hospital will look and feel like. If you have any questions, email masterplan@dchft.nhs.gov.uk

Multi-storey car park

The multi-storey car park will free up land on the hospital, giving us the space we need on our site to expand our Emergency Department (ED), Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and create an Integrated Care Hub.

Emergency Department

There is some work underway to improve the Emergency Department (ED) in the next few months, plus plans to further expand the department over the next five years.