Friends of Blandford Community Hospital

Friends of Blandford Community Hospital

Friends of Blandford Community Hospital


At the AGM in July, Sally O’Donnell, Deputy Director of Community Health Services, Dorset Health Care University NHS Foundation Trust was very pleased to say that the future for Blandford Community Hospital is looking bright. Dorset Health Care and the new GP Commissioners, share a joint aim to provide local services, which wherever possible should be in a person’s own home, or as close to their home as possible.

Ms O’Donnell then set out a number of new services for Blandford which included:

The Trust has also endorsed its commitment to Blandford Hospital by approving two key schemes and setting aside approximately Łó million for the following projects

1. Two Dental Suites
2. Providing a unit to collocate Community health and social care teams.

There are also outline plans which Include relocation of sexual health clinics, pulmonary rehabilitation classes, health review clinics adjacent to conservatory, where ambulatory care, such as intravenous infusions, will happen.

The Trust Board has approved an additional Łó million per annum to increase nurse staffing across all the Dorset Health Care Community Hospitals, recognising that our patients are more frail than they were when our staffing levels were agreed approximately 4 years ago. The Trust is also talking to Commissioners about the need for further investment. Trust Board and Adult Mental Health Services are working on plans to improve staffing levels in Older Peoples Mental Health Services, which would allow a ward at Blandford Community Hospital to reopen within the next year.

After a degree of uncertainty in recent times the Friends have welcomed such positive news and look forward to supporting these projects to secure the future of the hospital as an integral part of our local community.

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