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Community Support

There are so many stories of people supporting Dorset County Hospital and below we have included a snapshot of some of those stories:

​​Fran's poetry for Cancer Appeal

Fran Arnold has been selling her poetry books on behalf of the Cancer Appeal. She started writing the poems as a means of saying thank you to staff who looked after her when she had chemotherapy and radiotherapy for breast cancer. Her poems were so effective Fran went on to write more and eventually put a book together which she is selling for £4. From sales of the book and donations £3,500 has so far been raised. Fran came into the hospital recently to meet the Charity Team and hand over a cheque. If you are interested in buying a copy of the book please contact the Charity Team on 01305 253424 or email

Fran Arnold with cheque for web.jpg 

Family Fun Day - 23rd July


The Family Fun Day was a great success. The day was organised entirely by the nursing staff on Purbeck Ward in their spare time for the Dementia Day Room project. They raised an incredible £3,925. Hayley Bigg, who took on much of the organisation for the day, said:
“As a team we are passionate and dedicated to providing the best care for all our patients. We see first-hand the impact that dementia has not only on the patients but their loved ones, our staff and also other patients. This day room will have a positive impact on patient care, well-being and recovery.”

​Helen Rewse takes on a 16 mile walk after breaking both legs

On May 7th Helen Rewse walked 16 miles on the Purbeck Way from Wareham to Swanage. Helen was supporting the Dementia Day Room Appeal on Purbeck Ward following a serious road accident:

"On March 25th 2015 I was involved in a serious road accident, breaking both legs and sustaining other traumatic injuries. I spent a week in the Intensive Care unit at DCH followed by 6 weeks in Purbeck Ward where I received wonderful care from the nursing staff. After my discharge from hospital I was supported by the Acute Hospital at Home Team and physiotherapists as I made the long journey from being unable to even sit up in bed unaided to being able to walk again. I wanted to give back something to the hospital for the fantastic care I received.".

Knighton House School raises money for Kingfisher Ward

Well done and thank you to everyone at Knighton House School who helped raise £500 for the Kingfisher Children's Ward at Dorset County Hospital. Headmistress Mrs Sarah Wicks, with 2 pupils at Knighton House School, handed the cheque to Dr Deketelaere and Sarah said:

"The fund raising days are fun; from cake sales, card sales, mufti days to sporting challenges and so on. The money for the Kingfisher Ward was raised in a combination of ways including the school Christmas fair and church services. A 'values education', through which we teach children about themselves and their relationship to and with others, is at the core of Knighton's ethos. The qualities of patience, trust, respect, fairness, tolerance, cooperation and compassion underpin the curriculum, with charitable giving an important aspect of it."

Thank you from everyone on Kingfisher Ward.

Ladies in Wey-ting

The wonderful 'Ladies in Wey-ting' visited Kingfisher Ward  with a fantastic donation of £342. It is gifts like these that allow us to do so much more for the children that stay in the ward. Ladies in Wey-ting are a group of local volunteers, (Susan-Jane, Alison, Coral, Laura, Julie and Lynn), that enjoy staging charity events and supporting or advising other charities to help small local causes. They regularly hold "magnificent" tombola's (see their fb page) quiz nights, bingo, or just provide raffle prizes to other events or help promote charity events. They also volunteer their time at events, for example the carnival raffle stalls or Chickerell Steam Fayre.

Every penny they make is donated to worthwhile causes.

Thank you ladies for your generosity. They are pictured here (except Lynn who could not make it ) with our Play Specialists Sally and Julie.

£20,000 from Ducks and Drakes Cancer Trust


Just days before Christmas we received a hugely generous donation from the Ducks & Drakes Cancer Trust to purchase the very latest video stack system for advance keyhole bowel surgery. Andrew Drake (shown at a charity cricket match) was diagnosed with a rare bowel cancer and then campaigned and fundraised to make people aware of the risks and to make sure anyone with bowel cancer overcame their embarrassment and visited the doctor. See their website for more details:

Mr Anjay Talwar, Consultant Laparoscopic General and Colorectal Surgeon said:

"The Colorectal team perform almost 80% of their major colorectal bowel surgery laparoscopically. To perform laparoscopic/keyhole surgery we require the use of a video stack system. This new stack provides HD quality views far superior to that which we currently have, and has a built in device to improve visability for bowel surgery. We are so grateful to the Ducks & Drakes Cancer Trust for their support."


CT Scanner for the Hospital


Patients at Dorset County Hospital are benefitting from the addition of a new, high specification CT scanner thanks to the generosity of a local charity which has been working with Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to provide an enhanced scanning service for its patients. The Dorset Health Trust, a local independent charity, has purchased this latest CT scanner costing almost £600,000 and donated it to the hospital so that local patients can benefit from the latest technology.

The new CT scanner is a ‘GE Revolution EVO’, the first of its kind in the U.K. It is the next generation of scanner offering high resolution, ultra-low dose CT imaging. The original 'GE Light Speed' scanner has not been decommissioned but complements the new scanner. Both scanners are linked into a high specification work station allowing the radiologists to reformat and review large amounts of images. The majority of CT patients will go through the new scanner with the ‘Light Speed’ model available for back up and extra capacity. Having two scanners means that waiting lists can be managed and the patients offered a more comfortable and reassuring experience. A scanner of this high specification will allow new CT developments at Dorset County Hospital. This includes CT Colonoscopy which is currently provided at Poole. The scanner has both the hardware and software for CT Colonoscopy and the department is sending its radiologists and radiographers to train later this year. Another exciting proposition on the horizon is Cardiac CT scanning which will be a joint development with Cardiology.

A huge thank you to The Dorset Health Trust for their incredibly generous support which means that patients in West Dorset have access to world class CT scanning equipment.


Kidney Fundraising Convoy








Spencer Furley being interviewed by BBC South Today on Sunday 30th August 2015 after the hugely successful Kidney Fundraising Convoy which saw around 200 motorbikes head off in convoy from Wimborne to Henstridge Airfield. All proceeds will go to Dorset County Hospital Charity for the Renal Unit at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Dorset County Hospital Charity is responsible for the Renal service across the whole of Dorset. Over £2,200 was raised and a lot of fun was had by all. Many thanks to all who took part and a special thank you to all the volunteers, police and medics who helped out on the day, but especially Spencer Furley and Dawn Stokes.

Simon Marfell, Diabetes Centre

Met with Simon Marfell in August (Immediate Past Master of the Vindelis Lodge) who donated an amazing £1,000 for the Diabetes Centre. Here he is pictured with Elaine, Lisa, Sandra and Agnieszka from the Diabetes Centre. This money will be used to buy key items for patients with diabetes. Many thanks Simon!





Purbeck Plod

Jim from Lyme Regis walked the Purbeck Plod for us in July 2015 having recovered from a hip replacement operation. He was so grateful for the care and treatment he received that he raised over £430 for us.

Open Air Riders and the Dalgleish family

A huge thank you to the Open Air Riders, Tesco Lanehouse Express and the family of James who raised an amazing £336 in June 2015 for Kingfisher Ward after James was treated there.