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Stay away from A&E unless it's really an emergency, plead doctors as patient numbers soar

Bournemouth Echo: EXPERT ADVICE: The Poole Hospital A&E department

6:00am Friday 25th July 2014

PRESSURED accident and emergency units in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset are urging patients to consider alternatives to ease “exceptionally high” demand on departments.

How orchestra is helping improve quality of life for dementia sufferers

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IT’S never too late to learn a new skill, as Margaret and Mike Stark discovered when they performed in a symphony orchestra on their 59th wedding anniversary.

Dorset doctor swims to Africa for Teenage Cancer Trust

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A DORSET doctor took the plunge and swam across the Strait of Gibraltar to Africa, raising nearly £1500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Community hospital gets £230k refurb

Bournemouth Echo:

6:30pm Monday 14th July 2014

PATIENTS at a community hospital are benefiting from new facilities and services, thanks to an extensive development project.

Number of young Crohn’s disease sufferers triples, new figures reveal

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

THE number of young people admitted to hospital with Crohn’s Disease, an Inflammatory Bowel Disease, has risen by 300 per cent, it has been claimed.

336 drivers reported to police by speed check volunteers

Bournemouth Echo: SLOW DOWN: residents carrying out a speed check for Community Speed Watch

11:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

VILLAGE residents have reported more than 300 drivers to police in a bid to reduce speeding in their neighbourhood.

NHS healthcare trust shows improvement after breaching licence

Bournemouth Echo:

4:00pm Saturday 5th July 2014

DORSET’S biggest healthcare provider has taken steps to improve the way it’s run after it was found to be in breach of its licence last year.

VIDEO: ‘I’m lucky to be alive’ – diabetes sufferer shares story to help others

Bournemouth Echo:

4:45pm Friday 4th July 2014

THIS time last year, Duncan Venables was recovering from life-saving surgery after his right leg had to be amputated.

Award winning invention helps county’s thirsty patients

Bournemouth Echo: Award winning invention helps county’s thirsty patients

3:00pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

AN AWARD-WINNING invention which helps keep patients hydrated is being rolled out across Dorset’s community health services.

One day off turned into two weeks – but you don’t have to suffer with anxiety like I did

Bournemouth Echo: One day off turned into two weeks – but you don’t have to suffer with anxiety like I did

1:00pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

THE psychological therapies service run by Dorset HealthCare, has been expanded after moving into new premises in Poole.

Hospital trusts praised for clinical research

Bournemouth Echo: Jonathan Sheffield, chief executive officer of the NIHR Clinical Research Network

3:00pm Friday 27th June 2014

BOURNEMOUTH and Poole NHS Hospital Trusts have been praised for their clinical research, following the publication of a new league table by the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network.

Don’t drink when looking after children, warn health workers

Bournemouth Echo: Wendy Thorogood

3:00pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

TO mark Child Accident Prevention Week, healthcare workers are raising awareness of the dangers children face and what parents can do to minimise risk.

New minibus helping transport MS sufferers to ‘lifeline’ centre

Bournemouth Echo: LIFELINE: Used vehicle sales manager Steve Newby hands keys for a brand new minibus to John Astley with fundraisers, volunteers and facility users

2:00pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

FOR many people like Lance Harris who live with multiple sclerosis, The Osborne Centre, run by the Bournemouth & District branch of the MS Society, is a lifeline. Lance, 65, from Bournemouth, who was diagnosed at the age of 26, visits the centre three days a week. His wife, who is also his carer, works in the shop.

12,000 people unaware they are living with Type 2 diabetes

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1:00pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

HEALTH experts in Dorset are using national Diabetes Week this week to stress the importance of prevention and early diagnosis.

VIDEO: How Bournemouth Hospital ward is turning itself around after damning CQC report

Bournemouth Echo: Ward Sister Claire Charville and staff

10:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

AN ELDERLY care ward that was named and shamed in a critical report of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital has been given a £200,000 revamp.

Cake sale at Poole practice to mark National Carers Week

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12:57pm Thursday 5th June 2014

A cake sale and raffle will be held at The Adam Practice in Longfleet Road on Wednesday June 11 from 10am to 4pm to mark National Carers Week.

Dorset GP surgeries ‘mystery shopped’ over complaints procedure

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12:50pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

EVERY GP surgery in Dorset has been ‘mystery shopped’ by an army of volunteers, to see how easy it was to make a complaint.

Devoted dad marks 50th birthday with 1,100-mile charity cycle to celebrate son’s meningitis survival

Bournemouth Echo: FUNDRAISERS: Duncan Tuffrey, Dave Smith, Pete Brown and John Preston

12:43pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

A DEVOTED dad marked his 50th birthday by taking part in a 1,100-mile charity cycle to raise thousands of pounds to celebrate his son bravely surviving meningitis.

Relaxation techniques to be taught at Lewis Manning Hospice in Poole

Bournemouth Echo: Relaxation techniques to be taught at Lewis Manning Hospice in Poole

12:22pm Thursday 29th May 2014

THE artist-in-residence at Lighthouse Poole will be holding a creative freedom workshop at a Poole charity next week.

Melodies for Memories: volunteers sought to help protect music service for dementia sufferers

Bournemouth Echo: MELODIES: Natalie Betts with Len and Mavis Cook

3:00pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

NEW volunteers are being sought to safeguard the future of a unique service in Dorset for people with dementia.

How singing group is changing lives for people with breathing difficulties

Bournemouth Echo: TUNEFUL: The new group

12:00pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

A NEW singing group is helping people with breathing conditions to hit a new high note with their healthcare.

I had stroke aged 23 – now I’m raising money for hospital that helped me recover

Bournemouth Echo: CHALLENGE: Lucy Mander

3:00pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

THIS time last year Lucy Mander suffered a stroke at the age of just 23.

Health chiefs open Poole Hospital’s endoscopy unit after £500k refurbishment

Bournemouth Echo: CUTTING EDGE:  Dr Alistair Somerville-Ford opens the newly-refurbished Endoscopy Ward at Poole Hospital

4:00pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

HEALTH chiefs have officially reopened Poole Hospital’s endoscopy unit, following a £500,000 refurbishment. Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust says patients will now benefit from state-of-the-art technology and more efficient services.

Bournemouth university student tells all about living life with mental illness

Bournemouth Echo: ROAD TO RECOVERY: Alex Geraghty

1:21pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

THIS time last year, mental health didn’t mean much to former Bournemouth University student Alex Geraghty.

Events held in Southbourne for Dementia Awareness Week

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12:00pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

A SERIES of events are being held in Southbourne in support of Dementia Awareness Week.

House dust, eggs and nuts: how a Poole youngster lives with life-threatening allergies

Bournemouth Echo: BATTLE: Gemma Price with her son Jake who has allergies and could have a serious reaction to some types of food

1:00pm Wednesday 7th May 2014

HALF of children and under-18s now have one or more allergies, according to a new report by the charity Allergy UK.

Charity’s Race for Life appeal after inspiring cancer survival figures

Bournemouth Echo: SIGN UP: A Race for Life event in Bournemouth

5:00pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

AROUND 15,000 people diagnosed with cancer in the South West today will survive the disease for at least ten years, according to new figures published by Cancer Research UK.

Obesity timebomb: 55,000 people at risk of life threatening illnesses in Bournemouth and Poole

Bournemouth Echo: Obesity timebomb: 55,000 people at risk of life threatening illnesses in Bournemouth and Poole

1:00pm Sunday 27th April 2014

MORE than 55,000 people in Bournemouth and Poole are at risk of life threatening illnesses because they fail to realise they are obese, according to a new survey.

Bank Holiday advice for Dorset residents needing medical help

Bournemouth Echo: Worcestershire GPs under increasing pressure

10:06am Wednesday 16th April 2014

AS the bank holiday weekend approaches, Dorset residents are being given some simple advice to make sure they get the care they need and ease pressure on local healthcare services.

New haemophiliacs support group set-up in Bournemouth and Poole

Bournemouth Echo: HELPING OTHERS: Jo Fancourt with her son Alfie, 16

10:05am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A NEW support group for families in Bournemouth and Poole affected by haemophilia is hosting its first awareness event this weekend.

Royal Bournemouth Hospital buys electric cars to reduce carbon emissions

Bournemouth Echo: SWITCHED ON: Steven Fall with the electric Nissan Leaf cars

3:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

ELECTRIC cars have been purchased by two Dorset hospitals in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions.

Hospital staff raise cash for Brain Tumour Research

Bournemouth Echo: Hospital staff raise cash for Brain Tumour Research

10:53am Friday 11th April 2014

Staff at the Nuffield Health Hospital Bournemouth raised more than £300 for the charity Brain Tumour Research on Brain Tumour Awareness Day.

Around 12,000 people in Dorset estimated to have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes

Bournemouth Echo: Phaedra Perry, Diabetes UK’s regional manager in the South West

11:12am Wednesday 9th April 2014

AROUND 37,000 people in Dorset have diabetes, but according to a new report another 12,000 are estimated to have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.

Christchurch nurse given £6,400 for research into blood cancers

Bournemouth Echo: GRANT:

5:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A DORSET nurse has been awarded a £6,400 grant to explore healthcare overseas to improve survival rates for blood and lymphatic cancers in the UK.

Health watchdog closes investigation into Poole Hospital's finances

Bournemouth Echo: Medical Investigation’s Unit at Poole Hospital is shortlisted for national award

12:41pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

HEALTH watchdog Monitor has closed the investigation it opened in June last year into Poole Hospital, due to concerns over its finances.

Diabetes events being held over bid to streamline range of blood glucose equipment

Bournemouth Echo: Dr Andrew Macklin

11:10am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

DIABETES affects around 37,000 people in Dorset. Now people who have to self-test their blood sugar are being invited to help with a review of glucose monitoring equipment.

Dorset nurse Rebecca French first in county to trial new multiple sclerosis drug

Bournemouth Echo: Rebecca French is first person in Dorset to try new MS drug

11:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A 39-YEAR-OLD nurse is the first person in Dorset to trial a ground-breaking new drug that can delay the progress of multiple sclerosis.

Someone to rely on- Dorset Cancer Advocacy offering support to older people with cancer

Bournemouth Echo: REGAINING CONFIDENCE: Breast cancer survivor Nina

2:26pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

The Dorset Cancer Advocacy is an innovative service that offers support and information to older people with cancer.

‘I could barely speak for two months after stroke’ – why I want to help others living with asphasia

Bournemouth Echo: MEET AND GREET: The new aphasia drop-in centre in Purewell, Christchurch

2:00pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

WHEN Bill Lindsay had a stroke at the age of 49, he couldn’t talk or walk. For two months the only words he could say were either yes or no.

Medical Investigation’s Unit at Poole Hospital is shortlisted for national award

Bournemouth Echo: Medical Investigation’s Unit at Poole Hospital is shortlisted for national award

11:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014

POOLE Hospital’s Medical Investi-gations Unit (MIU) has been shortlisted for a national award.

Damning report calls for improvement of non-emergency patient transport service E-zec

Bournemouth Echo: An E-zec ambulance outside the Basepoint business centre on the Bournemouth airport site

12:00pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

THE private firm that took over Dorset’s non-emergency patient transport last year has been told to improve in four out of five areas in a damning report.

Feedback on Bournemouth Hospital wanted by health watchdog

Bournemouth Echo: – Feedback on Bournemouth Hospital wanted by health watchdog

10:00am Wednesday 12th March 2014

LOCAL independent consumer watchdog Healthwatch Dorset has been invited by the Royal Bournemouth Hospital to collect people’s views on the hospital and its services.

New tool to see how smokers will age launched by Dorset’s Stop Smoking Team

Bournemouth Echo: UGLY TRUTH: Smoking ages you.

9:58am Wednesday 12th March 2014

A NEW tool to help smokers save face has been launched by Dorset HealthCare’s Stop Smoking Team to mark National No Smoking Day today.

Harry Redknapp opens new state-of-the-art MRI and CT centre at hospital in Poole

Bournemouth Echo: ‘FANTASTIC’: Harry Redknapp at the new MRI and CT suite

3:00pm Saturday 8th March 2014

VETERAN football manager and local hero Harry Redknapp has officially opened a new MRI and CT Centre at The Harbour Hospital in Poole.

Dorset nurse turns to pedal power in fight against ovarian, breast and cervical cancers

Bournemouth Echo: Liz Gifford is part of a team that will cycle 400km in Cuba to raise funds for cancer charities

5:00pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

DORSET cancer nurse specialist Liz Gifford is turning to peddle power in the fight against breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.

“There is a hope, so never ever give up” - Christchurch eating disorder sufferer speaks of personal battle

Bournemouth Echo: NEVER GIVE UP: Laura Langford with mum Norma and dad Hugh

4:00pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

LAURA Langford looks like a happy, healthy, 22-year-old woman.

Bournemouth students get knitting to create tiny hats for premature babies at Poole Hospital

Bournemouth Echo: Student Union co-ordinator Fontayne Fernay-Debrett, front right and Carmen Prince from Yummy Mummies, front left, with student volunteers

3:00pm Monday 3rd March 2014

PREMATURE babies too small to fit into shop-bought hats have been given a helping hand by a group of students in Bournemouth.

How will you wear yours? Don a bandana and show your support for brain tumour patients

Bournemouth Echo: MISSION: The Hammer Out team, from left, founder and CEO Tina Mitchell Skinner, Helen Silverthorn, Gill Chester, Rosemary Wormington, Joanna Instone and Steph Staton

2:00pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

A MAJOR campaign to support brain tumour patients and their families in Dorset will be launched next week to mark Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

Macgregor sailing sisters sign up for Royal Bournemouth Hospital's March for Men

Bournemouth Echo: MADE TO MARCH: Team GB Olympic sailing sisters Kate and Lucy Macgregor

11:00am Friday 21st February 2014

TEAM GB Olympic sailing sisters Kate and Lucy Macgregor have signed up for a new sports event in Bournemouth to support men’s health.

Parents urged to have their say over care for children with diabetes in schools for survey

Bournemouth Echo: TAKING CARE: Sarah Harvey, centre, Anita Cubitt, right, headteacher at  St George’s Primary School and teacher  Helen Hinsull, left, with Jesse Townsend and Ryan Harvey who both have Type 1 diabetes

3:00pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

PARENTS in Dorset are being urged to support a campaign to improve care in schools for children with diabetes by taking part in a government consultation.






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