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Garden makeover for Maternity

Poole Hospital maternity unit’s staff garden has benefited from a make-over from a local supporter.

The garden, which was originally organised as part of the Royal College of Midwives’ ‘Caring for You’ campaign, has undergone a makeover by Dan Smith, a professional Poole based gardener.

The idea to offer a helping hand to improve the garden came after eco-friendly Dan saw the great care his expectant wife received in the maternity unit during Covid-19.

Dan Smith of Beeutiful Gardens

In addition, funding from two grants received by Poole Hospital Charity from NHS Charities Together’s Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, has been used to expand the original garden.

Additional benches will be added to allow staff to enjoy the space with the ability to distance safely.

Ally Sutherland and Elaine Luffman, antenatal clinic maternity support workers, who support the Royal College of Midwives team, water the plants whenever they are on duty.

“I feel it is important that we keep this area maintained for staff as a place for them escape and get some respite during the working day,” said Ally.

“I have always liked flowers so tending to the garden is something that comes naturally to me.”

To add to the design of the garden, staff have painted stones to incorporate a personal touch.

Jillian Ireland, Professional Midwifery Advocate, said: “Having a place to get away from the indoor environment and the added stresses of wearing PPE continually is really important. 

“The garden adds a touch of serenity to break times and is a great example of departments and groups working together on behalf of staff.”

Sara Fripp, fundraising manager, added: “The funding has been used to support the health and well-being of both patients and staff as a direct result of Covid-19. Ultimately the garden helps staff with wellbeing which in turn helps patients’ wellbeing.”

‘Saddened’ cycle club donates secure bike locks to hospital

Dorset Rough Rides donate bike locks to hospital staff.

Dorset Rough Riders, a Bournemouth and Poole based off-road cycle club, has donated 10 bike locks to Poole Hospital following an annual fundraising drive by club members.

The cycling group decided to donate to the hospital after a recent spate of bike thefts left some staff unable to get to work.

At a cost of £50 each, the locks have a silver and gold ‘sold level’, part of a three tier security grading system. They offer increased security with hardened steel links to help prevent pick, drilling and leverage attacks.

Gold sold level locks offer the highest security rating for cycle locks and are bike insurer friendly. 

“We feel that if you are going to spend money on a bike to commute to work then a lock with good security is vital,” said Terri Winstanley, member of Dorset Rough Riders.

In addition to the locks, Dorset Rough Rider company-branded neck buffs and additional promotional materials have also been donated.

Terri added: “As a group of avid bike riders, we were incredibly saddened to hear of bike thefts from both Poole Hospital and The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals, which our members have had cause to use over the years.

“We felt moved to support staff who had their bikes stolen at such a critical time when commuting by bike has become so important.”

Marie Cleary, staff experience lead at Poole Hospital, said: “We are keen to support our members of staff to lead healthy lives and cycling to work supports this as well as helping our environment. We really appreciate this generous support from Dorset Rough Riders to keep bikes safe for our staff returning home.”

Rural run in support of radiotherapy unit

Phillipa Rolle, a frequent fundraiser for Poole Hospital Charity, will be running the Dorset boundary in aid of Poole Hospital’s radiotherapy unit on 4 July with a target of £2,150.

Phillipa was due to participate in the Race Across Scotland, a challenging 215 mile coast to coast run, that has been postponed until next year due to Covid-19.

Event organisers, instead, offered participants the option of completing the race virtually to allow them to run in their own area.

The time frame for the virtual race was extended from the race’s original 100 hours to two weeks. However, Phillipa aims to complete the 190-mile Dorset boundary in under 100 hours to try and replicate the real event.

To make up the additional 25 miles she has tweaked the route by adding detours along the way within the county boundary.

Radiotherapy is close to Phillipa’s heart, having lost family to cancer and has friends who have also received treatment for the disease.

“Funds raised from this challenge are aimed towards treatment to help prolong the lives of those affected by cancer,” said Phillipa.

“I will continue to raise money for my local hospital for as long as I can run. This gives me a purpose and joy whilst running.”

With support from the Lytchett Manor Striders, her local running group, she has been offered help and support along the way from other runners offering to run sections with her, stay with her through the night and provide essential supplies along the way.

“The response and support has been immense,” added Phillipa.

“I will have a tracker on me for people to follow the journey, so fingers crossed I will complete this come run, walk or crawl!”

Phillipa intends to run the Race Across Scotland next year with all funds going towards the hospital.

John Payne, operational manager for radiotherapy, said: “We are so thankful for Phillipa’s support. Charitable donations really make a big difference for radiotherapy patients.”

“Our charity fund is aiming to save for a specialist ‘HoverMatt’ air transfer system. This will allow us to transfer patients, currently too unwell to go home from hospital, to the treatment machine from their hospital bed more comfortably and quickly using this advanced air mattress flotation system.”

Janine Golding, community fundraiser for Poole Hospital Charity, said: “Phillipa’s dedication to running and support for the hospital is greatly appreciated. The money she raises will be a welcome boost for the radiotherapy department and those that use its services.”

If you would like to support Phillipa in her epic challenge please donate here

Dorset Corkers fundraiser for Gully’s Place

Gully’s Place has received a donation of £600 from the Dorchester Corkers.

The funds were raised through a themed wine tasting evening that took place last year at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester and will be used for the upkeep of the unit at Dorset County Hospital.

Gully’s Place supports children and young people with life-limiting conditions from the point of diagnosis, to care in the hospital, at home and within the community.

Each year the event takes on a different theme with last year’s being ‘legends and divas.’ Attendees came in fancy dress and tasted six wines.

Mair Cole and Julia Stewart, both Gully’s Buddies, and members of Ellipse, the ladies community group behind the Dorchester Corkers, were present at the event.

‘Buddies’ are volunteer fundraisers, dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support the unit’s services and suites at Poole Hospital and Dorset County Hospital.

“Gully’s Place has been a favourite charity of ours for many years,” said Mair.

“Representatives of Gully’s Place from the Kingfisher Ward at Dorset County Hospital gave us a helping hand us with the clean-up of the event, which was very much appreciated!”

The evening culminated in group’s tradition of singing Sir Edward Elgar’s ‘pomp and circumstance,’ and last year a wonderful rendition of The Beatles ‘all you need is love’ was also sung.

Sarah Lemon, Gully’s Place administrator, said: “This is a wonderful donation that will truly help with the upkeep of the unit. We are really thankful to the Dorchester Corkers for supporting the unit.”

If you’d like to support Gully’s Place by organising a fundraising event or making a donation, please get in touch here.

Poole Hospital Elf Service Launch Event

Here at Poole Hospital Charity we’re getting ready to launch our festive Christmas fundraiser – Poole Hospital Elf Service!

This year, we are aiming to raise £30,000 for 5 very special items. These items will benefit different areas around the hospital including maternity, children’s services and cancer services, which will make a real difference to our local community.

To get our festive campaign started, we’re holding a networking launch event and we’d love you to join us:

  • Thursday 14th November
  • 9.30am until 11.00am
  • At Rick Stein, Banks Road, Sandbanks, Poole

You’ll have the opportunity to network with local community groups and businesses and meet the hospital teams featured on our Christmas list. It’ll be a fantastic chance to hear first-hand how the items on the list will benefit the patients we care for and have an insight into how your support will make a real difference in the heart of our local community.

Rick Steins are kindly supporting the event and providing hot drinks and cakes for you to enjoy at their stunning Sandbanks location.

If you are able to attend, please let us know, we look forward to seeing you there.

Poole Hospital Elf Service relies on the support of our local community. There are lots of ways to get involved including spreading the word, joining us at our Christmas events and even organising your own FUNdraiser.

All the details of our events and how you can get involved can be found on here.

If you would like to support in a more practical way like helping at one of our events, making Christmas crafts for our gift shop or donating a prize for our charity raffle, then please do get in touch.

We hope you can support us this festive season and help make our Christmas wish list a reality.

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.