New NHS trust boss promises to ‘personally champion’ patient interests

A ONCE scandal-hit NHS trust has appointed a new chief executive promising to “personally champion” the interests of its patients. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, which is responsible for mental health services and hospitals at...

Dorset PPE supplies ‘adequate’ but delayed coronavirus peak could hit stocks – council boss

A DELAYED peak in coronavirus infections in Dorset could put pressure on its supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), a council chief executive has warned. BCP Council boss Graham Farrant said it had “adequate” stocks...
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Trials for coronavirus treatments to be carried out at Bournemouth hospital

TREATMENTS for adults with the coronavirus are to be tested at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital after it agreed to take part in a new nationwide trial. Patients with Covid-19 will be offered the opportunity to...

The local people answering the call to make vital PPE supplies

GROUPS ranging from theatre costume makers to an army of 3D printer owners have thrown themselves into answering the appeal for protective equipment in the battle against the coronavirus. Among them is Carry On Costumes...
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Hospital workers given priority in new housing development

HOUSING for hospital workers will be a priority for the redevelopment of land close to the edge of Christchurch. At its meeting at the end of last month, BCP Council’s cabinet approved the new approach...
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Coronavirus: Merger of hospital trusts on hold

THE planned merger of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch and Poole hospitals trusts has been delayed to allow them to focus on responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Their joint chief executive, Debbie Fleming, said carrying...
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Hospital friends thank donors and renew NHS funding appeal

FRONTLINE NHS staff have thanked donors who have pledged close to £4,000 after an appeal last week to support Lymington New Forest Hospital. Local residents have given £2,400 and businesses £1,400, the Friends of Lymington...

Carers plead for coronavirus safety equipment amid resignations and price gouging

AN URGENT public plea has been made to help provide vital protective equipment for carers and key workers on the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus. Care homes have reported shortages of masks and...

Where you can get coronavirus support in the New Forest and Christchurch

Below is a list of places where you can get help or advice around the New Forest and Christchurch during the coronavirus lockdown. If you know of any groups or organisations which should be...

Retired nurse ready for frontline return in NHS virus battle

A FORMER Lymington hospital nurse who recently retired after 46 years of service has applied to go back to the NHS to help battle the coronavirus outbreak. Alison Husbands (64) said she had “sent her...
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