Poole Hospital Charity supports all wards and departments at Poole Hospital. We aim to improve facilities, equipment and patient experience which are over and above NHS provision.

Poole Hospital is an acute general hospital based on the south coast of England.The hospital has a 24-hour major accident and emergency department and is the designated trauma unit for East Dorset, serving a population of over 500,000 people.

During 2014/15 we:

Saw 66,118 patients in our emergency department

Delivered 4,599 babies (including 134 home births)

Cared for 8,728 children under 18 admitted to our children’s unit

Had 35,894 radiotherapy attendances

Saw 75,830 new outpatients and 130,963 follow-up outpatients

Cared for 3,677 elective inpatients and 33,005 non-elective inpatients

Cared for 30,090 day patients

Served around 560,000 patient meals

Took around 832,000 calls to our switchboard.

The hospital employs in excess of 3,700 staff and is supported by 250 volunteers, who provide invaluable support to both patients and staff.


Children’s Unit

The unit provides expert paediatric treatment and assessment for children referred via the emergency departments at both Bournemouth and Poole Hospitals, GPs from across the whole of East Dorset, the out of hours services across East Dorset and other health professionals who require specialist support.

Child Development Centre

The child development centre team offers services for the assessment, investigation and treatment of neuro-developmental problems of pre-school aged children from Poole, Bournemouth and East Dorset and their families.

Coronary Care Unit

The coronary care unit specialises in patients with acute cardiac problems, or patients with medical problems requiring high intervention. The unit offers inpatient beds, along with two procedure areas and a pacing theatre. Patients have individual access to Patientline television and telephone devices.

Critical Care Unit

There are many reasons why a patient may need to be admitted to critical care (also known as intensive care), such as after an accident, illness or as a booked admission after surgery that has been complicated or lengthy. A patient is admitted to critical care so that their condition can be closely monitored.

Dorset Breast Screening Unit

The Dorset Breast Screening Unit (DBSU) is run by Poole Hospital, and is responsible for providing a high quality mammographic service for the women of Dorset.

Dorset Cancer Centre

The Dorset Cancer Centre is based at Poole Hospital and is the major specialist cancer treatment centre for adults in the county. The centre provides a wide range of treatments including radiotherapy and chemotherapy for both common and rare cancers.

Elderly wards

Older people’s services at Poole Hospital provide care to acutely ill patients who are generally over the age of 75. We provide specialist services for patients who have had a stroke, have Parkinson’s Disease or need special investigations of falls, as well as general care for a broad range of medical conditions.

Emergency Department

The emergency department offers a 24-hour service catering for all medical, surgical, paediatric and trauma emergencies. Poole Hospital is also designated as the major incident centre for East Dorset.

Maternity Unit

Poole Hospital’s maternity service is based at St Mary’s Maternity Hospital, located across the road from the main Poole Hospital site. The maternity hospital provides a comprehensive service, offering women as much choice as possible in their maternity care.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) cares for babies requiring special care, whether it is due to prematurity, illness at delivery or health problems during the baby’s stay at hospital. The Unit has a mixture of intensive care cots, high dependency cots and special care cots.

SPRING – Supporting Parents and Relatives Through Baby Loss

The aim of SPRING is to support through grief at the point of loss, delivery and beyond. SPRING works closely with medical professionals to help provide a high level of care to bereaved families, alongside regular NHS services. The Bereavement Suites at St. Mary’s Maternity Unit are partly funded by SPRING and provide space for parents and families to spend precious time with their baby before saying goodbye.

Our professional specialist counselling service provides confidential individual counselling and trained facilitators provide monthly open support meetings.

SPRING is part of Poole Hospital Charity.  For more details, take a look at their dedicated website.