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Nominations now open!

As part of plans to celebrate our ‘golden jubilee’, the Poole Hospital Awards are back in September. This is your chance to nominate who you believe shines and excels in their provision of care and service.

These annual awards recognise staff, supporters, fundraisers and volunteers who have gone above and beyond for patients and colleagues.

Nominations are now open and we need you to nominate an individual or team who you believe is worthy of recognition and appreciation.

Nominees may be in a patient-facing role, for example a nurse, doctor, midwife or porter, or they may be someone who works behind the scenes and is essential to the smooth running of the hospital and uphold our core values. This year there’s a special award to mark someone who has made an outstanding and long-term contribution to life at the hospital. The categories we’re seeking nominations in this year are:

  • Special Award: Outstanding Contribution to Poole Hospital over a sustained period – individual
  • Employee of the Year
  • Innovation and Improvement – individual or team
  • Excellence in Patient Care – individual or team
  • Going the Extra Mile – individual or team
  • Living Our Values – individual or team
  • Fundraiser of the Year – individual or team
  • Volunteer of the Year – individual or team

Nominating is easy: check out the judging criteria here, then complete this simple online form.

The deadline for nominations is midnight on 12 August. The awards will be presented at a special event on 13 September 2019 in a new location for the awards, the Italian Villa at Compton Acres, in Poole.

The awards are just one way we’re celebrating our golden jubilee, and follow a range of events last week to mark the day itself. Our celebrations continue between 12-14 September as we officially open our new main entrance joined by Sandra and Harry Redknapp, hold our annual members meeting and open our doors for a public open day.

The Fletcher Foundation boosts Dorset Breast Screening Unit

State-of-the-art equipment bought with donations from a charitable foundation

PATIENTS at Poole Hospital are already benefitting from two state-of-the-art pieces of equipment bought with donations from a charitable foundation.

The Fletcher Foundation was established to support prostate and breast cancer services throughout south Dorset.

Now it’s given £10,000 for a lateral arm for the Dorset Breast Screening Unit, and its also giving support to the Dorset Cancer Centre’s low dose-rate brachytherapy.

The lateral arm allows practitioners to perform difficult to reach biopsies which would previously have proven impossible.

And permanent seed brachytherapy, also known as low dose-rate brachytherapy, is a type of radiotherapy where tiny radioactive ‘seeds’ are placed into the prostate. Each radioactive ‘seed’ is the size and shape of a grain of rice, and stay in the prostate, giving a steady dose of radiation over a few months, destroying cancer cells.

Breast imaging manager for the Dorset breast screening service, Mel Huish, said: “The contribution by the Fletcher Foundation is already improving the lives of patients.

“If a lesion is in an awkward position then biopsies cannot be performed confidently – the arm has been vital in ensuring these women can undergo their biopsy in a timely way, reducing stress and anxiety, allowing us to reassure them or plan their treatment much sooner.”

Tony Brown, the foundation’s treasurer, said he was delighted the organisation has been able to continue to support the hospital.

“The arm will help to generate a 3D image which makes it much easier to view breast tissue clearly and quickly identify any areas of concern. It’s fantastic to know that several women have already benefited from this technology.”

The Fletcher Foundation is supported by local community groups and businesses including Wimborne & Ferndown Lions and Barclays Bank.

Children’s Unit goes electric!

The electric children’s ride-on is a fun and un-stressful way for younger patients to travel from a ward to an operation.

It is a smaller version of the Tesla Model S. It is designed for children aged 3-8-years-old and recreates the feel of a real Tesla with a rechargeable lithium ion battery, headlights, MP3 sound system and a horn.

It was donated by the UK branch of the Tesla Owners’ Group after Poole Hospital Charity requested one for the unit. It was delivered to the hospital by Tony Wootton, one of the group’s members, and his children, Faye and Joseph, on 4 February.

Sophia Coleman was the first patient to get behind the wheel after it arrived. “Driving it was so much fun,” said five-year-old Sophia, who was admitted to the children’s ward with a respiratory complaint.

“I really liked turning on the lights and reversing was fun too.

“My brother Lucas is going to be so jealous when he finds out!”

Sally Smith, a staff nurse on the children’s day ward, was very positive about its benefits. “The car is going to be a really great way of decreasing any anxiety younger patients may have on their way to an operation,” said Sally.

“It makes the journey exciting for the children and takes their mind off the fact that they’re in hospital.”

The vehicle is one of a range of ways that the children’s unit is made less daunting for children, such as a playroom with books and toys and bright and colourful wall artwork.

Charity raises more than £25,000 for specialist medical equipment.

Poole Hospital Charity has raised more than £25,000 to purchase vitally important and life-changing equipment that will enhance patient treatment at the hospital.

The funding was provided by donations to the charity’s annual ‘Elf Service’ campaign that gained support from the local community and businesses over the Christmas period.

So far, a total of £26,624 has been raised but more than £3,500 is still expected from additional donations.

The equipment includes child resuscitation training dolls, radiotherapy immobilisation breast boards, newborn baby warming cots and a movement therapy rehabilitation bike.

The dolls give parents extra skills to help care for a child with a life-limiting condition and will be provided to the hospital’s children’s ward and children’s palliative and end of life care suite, Gully’s Place.

A radiotherapy immobilisation breast board is a physical support for the upper body, helping cancer patients to receive more effective radiotherapy treatment while newborn baby warming cots keep poorly babies warm without the barriers of an incubator.

Lastly, movement therapy rehabilitation bikes aid recovery for physiotherapy patients to help get them home quicker.

All of the items were part of the charity’s ‘Christmas List’ and have been purchased thanks to donations and funds raised at several festive events organsied by the charity.

At the ‘Elf Dash’ on 9 December, more than 200 people, dressed as elves, jogged around Poole Park completing an assortment of fun activities before meeting Father Christmas in his grotto.

There was also a quiz night on 7 December, ‘Poole Elf Day’ on 14 December, where hospital staff dressed up as elves, and a Christmas carol service on 18 December.

“Our thanks to everyone who’s supported this year’s campaign,” said Sara Fripp, the charity’s fundraising manager.

“It’s fantastic news that we’ve hit our target which will enable us to buy the four really important items on our Christmas list.”

Christmas may be over but you can still donate to the appeal. All the money you raise is used to purchase innovative equipment and to improve facilities which complement the hospital’s existing high quality care, yet are above what the NHS provides.

Patient praises hospital staff after life-saving treatment

A patient at Poole Hospital has given a £430 donation to the department that treated him after he praised its staff as “the hardest working people I have ever seen”.

Stuart Chinery is a patient in the hospital’s radiotherapy department. He was diagnosed with rectal cancer in March 2016 after being told he had three tumours in his body.

He underwent radiotherapy followed by surgery, and scans from March this year showed that there was no recurrence but he remains under regular surveillance. He is also currently receiving treatment for prostate cancer at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Stuart made the donation as a thank you for the care that he received.

The funds were raised at a cream tea event on 28 July that took place at Rockley Park Holiday Park. More than 50 people attended and there was a raffle with two cakes baked by Stuart as the prizes. The event was also held last year, raising £603 for the department.

Rockley Park Owners Association, of which Stuart is the vice-chairman, organsied the event and has held fundraising cream tea events for the past 15 years that have raised several thousand pounds for various charities.

“I was blown away by the care and compassion given to me by the hospital staff,” said Stuart.

“They saved my life and they are the hardest working people I have ever seen yet they always have a smile on their faces.

“I want to raise awareness and funds to help fight cancer and I implore everyone to undertake a screening test to ascertain what cancer they could have.

“Thanks to Rockley Park Owner’s Association and Poole Hospital Charity for their support.”

Sara Fripp, Poole Hospital Charity corporate fundraiser, was very grateful for the donation. “Stuart has been incredible in his dedication to raising cancer awareness and funds for the charity,” said Sara.

“The donation will help us provide new equipment for the radiotherapy department to further improve patient care and service.”



Image caption: Sara Fripp, Georgie Melville, colorectal nurse specialist, Stuart Chinery, Oscar Howlett, Rockley Park chairman, Maxine Flubacher, clinical director for cancer services and Caroline Holling, colorectal nurse specialist with the cheque in the radiotherapy department

Image caption: Sara and Stuart pose with a cake he baked for the charity.

Bournemouth nightclub helps donate medical equipment worth more than £4,800

Bournemouth nightlife hotspot Cameo has helped donate more than £4,800 to the children’s unit. The funds have been used to purchase the unit’s first vein finder and three new oxygen saturation monitors.

The grant came from the Echo Trust charity, an organisation that is part of the Deltic Group, which owns Cameo, and provides funds for medical equipment for children and young adult charities.

Customers were asked to donate spare change at all Deltic Group bars and clubs at events over bank holidays, Christmas and Easter. The collections at Cameo contributed to a total of £4,812 that was raised as part of Echo Trust’s ‘Give a Quid for a Kid’ fundraising campaign.

A vein finder utilises vein visualisation technology to make taking blood samples from children quicker and less traumatic, while also increasing the success rate of retrieving a sample. An oxygen saturation monitor uses infrared light to check oxygen saturation levels in the blood of children who have respiratory problems. The additional monitors will allow children to be assessed more quickly – helping to improve their outcomes and getting a quick plan of care in place for them.


Sara Fripp, corporate fundraiser for Poole Hospital Charity, said: “Providing new and effective medical equipment for our wards and departments is something we are very proud of.

“This show of generosity is fantastic and will greatly benefit the children on the ward.”

Jack Tidd, Cameo general manager, chose to support the ward and contacted the hospital to see what specific pieces of medical equipment were required.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that donated,” said Jack

“We’re always keen to help support one of our local hospitals for extremely worthy causes like this one.

“I hope the equipment further improves the already fantastic treatment that the children’s unit provides.”


AFC Bournemouth supports Gully’s Place

AFC Bournemouth has chosen Gully’s Place at Poole Hospital as one of its charity partners for the 2018/19 season. It will support the charity through profile-raising player appearances, signed merchandise and club media support.

The partnership was officially unveiled to club supporters at a recent open training session for Junior Cherries.  The Junior Cherries chose Gully’s Place to be one of the club’s charities of the year.

The day was attended by over 500 junior supporters who were treated to watching the first team squad being coached by team manager, Eddie Howe, and assistant manager, Jason Tindall, at the Vitality Stadium.

Gully’s Place is a dedicated fund within the hospital’s charity and supports life limited children and their families by providing specially trained staff and purpose-designed space, including overnight accommodation for families. Gully’s Place aims to help to make being in hospital as relaxing and calm as possible at one of the most difficult times a family can face. They are supported by a dedicated group of volunteers and fundraisers who ensure this valuable work, in and out of hospital, can continue.


Also present at the unveiling were Gully’s Place volunteers, Annie McGrath and Brenda Grove, along with Erin Phillips, whose brother Jimmy was cared for in Gully’s Place suite at Poole Hospital.

Commenting on the partnership Eddie Howe said: “It was great to see some of the staff and volunteers from Gully’s Place at our recent Junior Cherries open training session.

“Poole Hospital is a place which is close to our hearts, with our squad and staff visiting every Christmas to meet the children who receive such great care there in such difficult circumstances.

“I’m delighted Gully’s Place will be our Junior Cherries charity partner for the new season and look forward to supporting them and helping raise awareness of the facility over the next year.”

Debbie Fleming, Poole Hospital chief executive, said the ongoing support of the club was hugely important to the whole hospital.

“We really value our close partnership with AFC Bournemouth. On behalf of the Gully’s Place team, and indeed the whole hospital, I would like to thank the club for their continuing generosity.”

Sara Fripp, corporate fundraiser, Poole Hospital Charity said, “We are delighted that Gully’s Place has been chosen as one of AFC Bournemouth’s charities of the year, we’re really excited about the partnership and look forward to a fantastic season of fundraising and creating some wonderful memories for our families.”

Pictured above from left to right: Sara Fripp, Annie McGrath, Eddie Howe, Brenda Grove and Erin Phillips.

180-Strength Gym are warming up to take on the great Dorset Plane Pull




Last year a team from 180-Strength Gym took part on their first ever Plane Pull for Poole Hospital Charity. They had such a fantastic day that they’ve decided to do it all again this year, with 2 teams taking part in the 10th anniversary Dorset Plane Pull.

With two teams of 20 Plane Pullers, they are aiming to smash last years fundraising target of over £1,500 and they’ve got their eyes firmly on the prize on lifting the coveted winners trophy. Last year the team were pipped to the post and took 2nd place to Al of a Pull…

180-Strength Gym have have chosen to support Poole hospital Charity knowing that every penny they raise will go towards improvements at Poole Hospital who provide care for so many from their local community including their family and friends.






Get involved!

You can get involved and support Team 180-Strength at their Deadlifts & Donuts fundraiser! or you can donate here.





This year will mark The Dorset Plane Pull‘s 10th anniversary.

Since it first launched in 2008, they’ve raised over £130k for numerous charities, and this year aim to reach the £150k mark.




180-Strength are a local strength and conditioning gym situated in Bournemouth town centre and Sandbanks, Poole.

“Our mission is to provide strength and conditioning training to all, whether you’re an elite athlete, complete beginner, young, old or returning from injury, we pride ourselves on the fact that we offer 1-2-1 coaching to all our members.”


You can find out more about 180-Strength at their website.



Festival wedding raises money for the Cancer team

We are privileged to be supported by a wonderful couple Dave and Claire who wanted to find a way to thank the team within the cancer unit.
Here’s Claire’s story:
“My father, Dave Selby, received the best care and treatment surrounded by caring, professional and sensitive staff at Poole Hospital. Sadly he lost his battle to cancer in 2010 so planning our wedding initially was tough as I would not be walked down the aisle by the best man ever, my Dad.  
We decided to get married at ‘Camp Bestival’ (as who could not be happy at a festival!?) and my younger twin brothers did a grand job of giving me away.  In lieu of wedding gifts we asked our family & friends to offer a donation to ‘The Dorset Cancer Centre’ at Poole Hospital. The team has agreed to channel it to the chemotherapy day care and triage unit on request. We felt this was a tribute to the missing ‘father of the bride’ and a true positive, wonderful gift to help others.”
Dave and Claire’s friends all rallied round to show their support and we were presented for a cheque for £1000. All charitable donations are put to improving care for patients whether that’s updating equipment or improving the facilities.
We are hugely grateful for the generosity we have received and the kind gesture shown by Dave and Claire to forgo gifts is inspirational.
We wish them all the best with married life.

Charity Will Week launched

Poole Hospital Charity’s first Will Week

 Poole Hospital Charity has teamed up with Coles Miller Solicitors LLP to encourage families to make a will and consider their estate planning.
Coles Miller Solicitors are offering 100 people the opportunity to make a “free will” during Will Week, 19-23 February, in return for a donation to the charity.
A standard single will would normally cost £150 and £250+VAT for a joint mirror wills. Suggested donations of £50 for a single and £75 for a joint will are invited as part of the event. Donations can be made by cheque or BACS to Poole Hospital Charity.
The offer is open to the first 100 people to book an appointment during Will Week. Contact the Coles Miller Wills and Probate department on 01202 673011 to make your appointment, quoting ‘Poole Hospital.’
Making a will is hugely important if you care what happens to your dependants, money and your belongings after you die. Whatever the size of your estate, you should always leave a clear and legally binding statement of your wishes. Making a will is the only way of guaranteeing that your wishes are respected and is likely to be one of the most important documents that you will ever sign. It is recommended that you speak with a solicitor to ensure you receive the best advice about your estate planning.
Last year Poole Hospital Charity used vital gifts and legacies to fund items including bladder scanners and radiotherapy equipment for patients with cancer.
Farah Batchelor, fundraising manager, said: “It’s easy to put off making a will, but if you have dependants or assets it’s about time to make sure your wishes are fulfilled after you pass away.
We are always grateful to receive a gift in a will as the charity can turn the donation into a lasting legacy for future generations.
We’re hoping this year’s Will Week really motivates people to get their appointment booked and have peace of mind.”