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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.
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.
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.”
Click here for more information about our site development plans.
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.
A new fundraising initiative at Dorset County Hospital will help provide earlier diagnosis for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
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.
DCH 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.
DCH 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.
DCH 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.
Hospital submits multi-storey car park planning application - 21 October 2019
Dorset County Hospital has submitted a planning application to build a multi-storey car park as part of its plans to develop clinical facilities on its Dorchester site.
Dorset's cancer services among the best in the country - 14 October 2019
Dorset Cancer Partnership is delighted that users of cancer services across Dorset have rated them as some of the best services in the country, in a recent national survey.
Dorset County Hospital has been ranked as one of the top performing Trusts.
Dorset County Hospital is offering people a chance to find out more about how to protect themselves and their families and stay well through the winter ahead.
Dorset County Hospital holds Endoscopy Open Day - 4 September 2019
Dorset County Hospital will be holding an Endoscopy Open Day this month to showcase the roles and opportunities available in the department.
Dorset County Hospital launches new recruitment microsite - 5 August 2019
Dorset County Hospital has launched a new recruitment microsite.
Retired consultant publishes book spanning the development of paediatrics in West Dorset - 23 July 2019
A retired consultant from Dorset County Hospital has published a book recording the development of children's medical services over the past half-century.
Dorset County Hospital's first Summer Spectacular raises £2,500 for good causes - 12 July 2019
Hundreds of people flocked to Dorset County Hospital in the weekend's sunshine to enjoy its first Summer Spectacular.
Hospital unveils its plans for future expansion - 3 July 2019
Local residents are being invited to hear more about Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust's plans to develop the hospital site during a drop-in event.
New garage built at Dorset County Hospital to house donated Blood Bikes - 3 July 2019
Funds raised by the Friends of DCH have been
used to build a new garage at Dorset County Hospital .
A generous donation has pushed the latest fundraising initiative by Friends of Dorset County Hospital ever closer to their target.
It was an evening of glam and glitter as Dorset County Hospital staff and volunteers were recognised for their hard work and dedication at the 2019 GEM and Long Service Awards.
Dorset County Hospital gears up for first ever Summer Spectacular - 6 June 2019
Dorset County Hospital is gearing up for its first ever Summer Spectacular.
A Show of Hands for Dorset County Hospital - 6 June 2019
A new series of paintings exploring the range of emotions through simple hand gestures are brightening the corridors at Dorset County Hospital.
Dorset County Hospital shortlisted for national healthcare efficiency award - 17 May 2019
DCHFT is one of five trusts to be shortlisted for the CHKS national healthcare efficiency award as part of the 2019 Top Hospitals programme awards.
Dorset County Hospital scoop two prizes at NHS research awards - 9 April 2019
Research professionals and patients from Dorset County Hospital have been presented with two awards at a ceremony hosted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinical Research Network (CRN) Wessex.
New project aims to ignite memories of dementia patients - 29 March 2019
A new project aimed at engaging, sharing and recording memories of people living with dementia is coming to Dorset County Hospital.
Hospital GEM Awards nominations - 14 March 2019
Dorset County Hospital is calling for nominations for its annual staff awards - The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Awards.
MasterChef winner delivers on his promise - 13 March 2019
An award-winning chef cooked up a storm at an auction evening, helping to raise an overwhelming amount for charity.
Striking golden oak unveiled at Dorset County Hospital - 12 March 2019
A glistening golden oak has been installed at Dorset County Hospital – and it represents a very powerful message.
Midwives at Dorset County Hospital scoop prestigious
award - 8 March 2019
Midwives from Dorset County Hospital's homebirth team have scooped a prestigious award.
Hot new wheels spotted at Dorset County Hospital - 6 March 2019
You may spot some new wheels at Dorset County Hospital.
Learn more about NHS service changes in West Dorset - 27 February 2019
Two public drop-in events in Bridport will outline how the relocation of some NHS day services will help reduce waiting times and improve services for patients.
New LED helipad lighting makes vital difference at Dorset County Hospital - 26 February 2019
New helipad lighting is making a vital difference at Dorset County Hospital.
New art exhibition highlights the importance of organ donation - 25 January 2019
An up and coming artist is using a series of embroidered t-shirts to encourage people to stop and think about organ donation.
New birthing pool hire service available at Dorset County Hospital - 24 January 2019
A new birthing pool hire service is now available at Dorset County Hospital, thanks to a generous donation.
Adding a splash of colour to Dorset County Hospital - 23 January 2019
A new art exhibition is capturing people's eye at Dorset County Hospital.
Radiographer makes a difference to those less fortunate - 9 January 2019
A radiographer from Dorset County Hospital has been making a difference to those less fortunate.
Christmas lights switch-on highlights organ donation - 21 December 2018
Staff at Dorset County Hospital asked people to think about the gift of organ donation as they switched on their Christmas tree lights.
Dorset County Hospital saves Christmas - 20 December 2018
Christmas could have been a different story this year if it wasn't for the fast action of staff at Dorset County Hospital.
Robert White Centre official opening - 13 December 2018
A very special guest helps officially open a new £9 million cancer centre for Dorset at DCH.
Golden Lulworth oak arrives at Dorset County Hospital - 16 November 2018
The creation of a unique sculpture at Dorset County Hospital has taken an exciting step forward.
Dorset County Hospital rated 'good' by CQC - 5 November 2018
We are delighted to have improved our Care Quality Rating to 'good' thanks to the fantastic efforts of our staff to provide the very best care.
Dorset County Hospital set for annual Open Day - 25 September 2018
DCH is gearing up for its annual Open Day next month, allowing visitors the opportunity to catch a glimpse of what goes on inside its walls.
Friends of Dorset
County Hospital launch new fundraising initiative - 18 September 2018
A new fundraising initiative at Dorset County Hospital will allow for clearer and quicker procedures for patients with pleural diseases
Hospital annual general meeting - 14 September 2018
Attendees at DCH's annual general meeting heard that the hospital had another busy but successful year
Woman's 'second chance at life' following organ transplant - 6 September 2018
A transplant patient is backing calls for people to sign up to become an organ donor this Organ Donation Week
Hoard of ducks invades hospital - 5 September 2018
A hoard of knitted ducks invaded Dorset County Hospital this summer!
More support for mums with depression and anxiety - 3 August 2018
A support group for women with postnatal and antenatal depression and anxiety in West Dorset is celebrating its one-year anniversary by opening two more groups
DCH offers more patients than ever before the chance to participate in research - 18 July 2018
Patients attending DCH have been given more access to better care, services and treatments following a significant increase in research activity
Governor election results announced - 10 July 2018
We are pleased to announce the results of our 2018 governor elections
Major milestone for cancer patients in Dorset - 28 June 2018
The keys to the new £9million radiotherapy building on the Dorset County Hospital site were handed over this month
Staff and volunteers honoured at GEM and Long Service Awards - 18 June 2018
Our staff and volunteers received well deserved recognition for their hard work and dedication at our annual awards ceremony
Groundbreaking thumb surgery trial at DCH - 8 June 2018
We have been chosen as one of just four hospitals in the UK to take part in the trial of an innovative new surgical procedure for patients with osteoarthritis of the thumb joint
DCH wins prestigious CHKS Top Hospitals award - 22 May 2018
DCH is one of CHKS's Top Hospitals for 2018, an award made on the basis of a wide range of performance indicators
Patients rate DCH as one of the best - 11 May 2018
Dorset County Hospital is in the top 15 trusts in the country according to the results of the latest national inpatient survey
Research award for reflexologist working with cancer patients - 4 May 2018
The work of a reflexologist supporting cancer patients at DCH has been recognised with an international award
DCH shortlisted for national healthcare efficiency award - 2 May 2018
We have been shortlisted for the CHKS national healthcare efficiency award as part of the annual Top Hospitals programme awards
Governor elections information sessions - 25 April 2018
DCH is looking for people who would like to make a difference to their local hospital by becoming a hospital governor
DCH bucks national trend on emergency waits - 20 April 2018
We are delighted to have been recognised as one of only three hospitals in the country to meet the emergency access standard in March
Dorset delight as hospital's anaesthetics team celebrate high standards of patient care - 20 April 2018
The anaesthetic department at Dorset County Hospital have been recognised for providing the highest quality care to patients
Dorset takes top prize in NHS research awards - 21 March 2018
An NHS research study looking into the rehabilitation of knee replacement patients across Dorset has won a prestigious award
IBD nurse wins national award for excellence - 21 March 2018
DCH nurse Pearl Avery has won a national award for going above and beyond for her patients and service
Hospital GEM Awards open for nominations - 13 March 2018
DCH's annual Going the Extra Mile Awards are now open for nominations. Deadline for entries is 12 April 2018
Staff rank DCH highly for career progression and support - 9 March 2018
DCH is in the top 20% of all acute trusts for providing equal opportunities for career progression as well as recognition and value of staff and support from managers
Join in with NHS70 celebrations - 21 February 2018
DCH is asking for help from local people to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS this year
DCH midwife wins top honour - 5 February 2018
Ali Fuszard crowned South of England's 'Emma's Diary Mums' Midwife of the Year 2018'
DCH joins #endPJparalysis campaign - 29 January 2018
Staff launch an initiative to encourage patients to 'get up, get dressed and be active' while in hospital
Refurbished cardiac catheter lab up and running - 26 January 2018
Cardiology team delighted to launch their newly refurbished cardiac catheter lab
New specialised surgery for DCH cancer patients - 22 December 2017
DCH is delighted to have been
chosen as one of five pilot
training sites for an enhanced operating technique for patients with rectal
Birthday celebrations for specialist antenatal clinic - 22 December 2017
County Hospital has celebrated the first birthday of its specialist clinic to
support the mental health needs of mums-to-be.
Silver Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Award for Hospital - 18 December 2017
Hospital was honoured to be awarded a Silver Defence Employer Recognition
Scheme Award by the Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.
x-rays for patients at DCH - 14 December 2017
Hospital is delighted to announce the arrival of new state-of-the-art x-ray
equipment in the Diagnostic Imaging department.
lights switch-on highlights organ donation - 13 December 2017
Staff from the critical care unit
at Dorset County Hospital asked people to think about the gift of organ
donation as they switched on their Christmas tree lights.
trainee doctors return to their roots - 17 November 2017
Hospital is pleased to welcome two doctors who have returned to their home
county after studying medicine away, with the aim of giving back something to
the community where they grew up.
Dorset consultant recognised with national research award - 15 November 2017
A consultant working at Dorset County Hospital NHS
Foundation Trust has received national recognition for his research within
anaesthesia and intensive care medicine.
Hospital seeks volunteer Patient Research Ambassadors - 9 November 2017
Hospital is asking for public volunteers to help shape innovative health
research at the hospital.
Hospital launches new night time service - 12 October 2017
DCHFT has launched a new service to maximise patient safety at night.
Hospital Open Day - 9 October 2017
Hundreds of visitors had the
chance to see behind the scenes of their local hospital at Dorset County
Hospital’s annual open day.
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Welcomes CSR Decisions - 20 September 2017
DCHFT responds to Clinical Services Review decisions
Hospital Open Day 7 October - 15 September 2017
Dorset County Hospital is gearing
up for its popular annual open day
Hospital team takes on military challenge - 12 September 2017
A team from DCH has undertaken the South West NHS Military Challenge
BSO's Music for a While project - 29 August 2017
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's new partnership with Arts in Hospital will bring music to the lives of dementia patients in Dorchester
DCH Diabetes UK Clinical Champion - 11 August 2017
Agnieszka Graja, diabetes specialist nurse at DCH, has
been selected as a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, to help transform care for
people living with diabetes in Dorset
New support group for mums - 27 July 2017
group for women who are suffering from depression or anxiety when having a new
baby is being set up at Dorset County Hospital
Dorset's cancer services score highly in national patient survey - 26 July 2017
Our cancer services have been rated exceptionally well by patients in the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey for 2016.
Health secretary visits Dorset's acute hospitals - 13 July 2017
Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt visited DCH as part of a trip to Dorset to meet NHS staff and talk about patient safety
Hospital seeks new non-executive director - 5 July 2017
Dorset County Hospital is on the lookout for a new non-executive director to join its Board
All invited to AMM and AGM - 30 June 2017
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
is holding its Annual Members’ Meeting and Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 11
volunteers honoured at GEM and Long Service Awards - 13 June 2017
Hospital staff and volunteers received well deserved recognition for their hard
work and dedication at the 2017 GEM and Long Service Awards
Show your support for Dorset County Hospital - 9 June 2017
North Dorset residents are being asked to show their support for Dorset County Hospital by becoming a Foundation Trust member
New parking charges come into effect at DCH - 30 May 2017
As announced earlier this year, new parking charges are being
introduced at Dorset County Hospital from 9 June 2017.
Dorset County Hospital named as one of the CHKS Top Hospitals 2017 - 15 May 2017
We have been named as one of the CHKS Top Hospitals for 2017, an accolade awarded to the top performing CHKS client trusts
Official opening of new Friends of DCH Shop - 8 May 2017
The Friends of DCH will officially launch their new, purpose-built shop on Tuesday 16 May 2017
Birthday Celebrations for Cygnet Homebirth Team - 20 April 2017
The Cygnet Homebirth Team at Dorset County Hospital will be celebrating their second birthday with a picnic in the park on 5 May
State-of-the-art mattresses for inpatients at DCH - 12 April 2017
Our inpatients are now benefitting from new state-of-the-art 'hybrid' mattresses
GEM Awards Open for Nominations - 27 March 2017
Our annual staff awards - the Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Awards - are now open for nominations
New role to help eye patients - 22 March 2017
Dorset County Hospital has teamed up with the Dorset Blind Association to improve support for eye patients with the creation of a new joint post.
New retail offer at Dorset County Hospital - 20 March 2017
Dorset County Hospital has teamed up with Compass Group UK & Ireland to extend the retail space and offer at the hospital
Nutrition and Hydration Week - 16 March 2017
We have marked global Nutrition and Hydration Week with a series of special events
DCH plans for Damers School site - 3 February 2017
Dorset County Hospital is expected to take ownership of the Damers School site in April 2017 when the school moves to its new home at Poundbury
New car parking charges to be introduced at DCH - 27 January 2017
New parking charges are being introduced at Dorset County Hospital from April 2017
Clinical Services Review Consultation - Trust Board Statement - 19 January 2017
With the CSR consultation in full swing, the Trust Board of DCHFT felt it would be useful to issue a statement to outline the Trust's position
DCH neonatal unit re-designated to SCBU - 4 January 2017
Dorset County Hospital’s
neonatal unit will change to a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) from 9 January