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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.”


More Bus gets ‘elfy’ for Dorset Elf Day!

Merry Christmas from all at morebus!


Their ‘elfy’ team are out and about today collecting for Poole Elf Service. If you see them, give them a wave! Thanks to everyone at Morebus for supporting our Christmas campaign! Find out what they’ve been up to here.

Christmas Downloads

Fancy hosting a Christmas Party this festive season?

Then download our Christmas Party Pack for tips, hints and print outs to make your party really spectacular!

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Have you registered to join Poole Elf Service and need to download the Elf Help Manual again? Get it here:

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Christmas List

Poole Hospital is on the nice list this year

We have asked our wards and departments what they need in order to improve patient care. We have prioritised 5 projects that will allow our teams to make a genuine difference to thousands of families we care for:

Dementia Music Therapy Project

Music offers a host of benefits for dementia patients in Poole Hospital. Our nurses tell us music therapy improves patient’s focus, can reduce agitation and improve their ability to communicate with those close to them. Studies have shown it may even lower the dependence on psychiatric drugs. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have been visiting wards, working with patients regularly and also hosting events. We would like to fund the BSO for 2018 alongside purchasing therapy instruments for the team to use with patients.

Baby transportation pod 

The Children’s Unit would like to replace their broken Babypod. The transportation unit is used to move infants in an environment that will keep them safe and warm. The team can find themselves having to move babies to theatres or across sites. The Babypod will ensure they can provide the best care to our youngest patients.

10 patient reclining chairs 

Lulworth and Lytchett wards have recently trialled reclining chairs and found them making a huge improvement to a patient’s well-being. We would like to provide each bay with a chair giving patients an opportunity to get of their beds and interact. The chairs will allow individuals to be positioned in a variety of postures for comfort. We’re sure that anyone who has visited a loved one in hospital will also know the benefit of a comfy chair!

 Bereavement Support Project

Losing someone we love is something we are all likely to experience at some point in our lives. For some of us, this will be the most distressing experience we will ever face.
In some circumstances the impact of bereavement can lead to depression, alcohol or drug abuse, dependency on antidepressants or social unrest. The hospital recognises there is more to do to support many families by extending current support offered in difficult times.
The charity has funded bereavement projects in Maternity, Gully’s, Dorset Cancer Centre and Intensive Care. We now want to develop this by funding a regular bereavement support group facilitated by trained counsellors. Reported positive outcomes from similar projects have been that people have a safe environment to meet with peers, share thoughts and feelings, experience normalisation, exchange advice and information, and share hope for the future.
Getting support at the right time is critical for some people and we hope this 2 year project will demonstrate a positive impact for many people, their families, friends and communities.

Patient and visitor room renovations  

We have identified rooms in the Children’s unit, A5, B4/B3 and Lytchett that need developing for our patients and their relatives. It is understood a hospital’s physical environment can have a big effect on patient outcomes and recovery times. Factors such as lighting, use of colour or even smells can all have an impact on the well-being and mood of the individual. Having breakout rooms in wards encourages the patient to get out of their beds for exercise or social interaction. As a visitor to the hospital these breakouts areas can also provide a safe haven for discussions with family, staff or therapists. We know a hospital can be a daunting place and we intend to make some environmental changes to rooms to make them a more inviting, comfortable social space.

The equipment will help thousands of local people but also will cost thousands of pounds so we are asking our “Elves” to help towards our £25,000 target.

Take a look at the Elf Service, Elf Dash and Crackers’ Quiz pages to find out how you can help the Hospital.


Join Poole Elf Service

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Poole Elf Service is back by popular demand! As an integral part of the community we’re on the ‘Nice List’, so Santa has granted us our Christmas list, but we need your help!

Our hospital elf, Crackers is helping us drum up support to raise a whopping £25,000 for this year’s Christmas List.  The list is compiled of 5 projects which are top priority and will benefit thousands of patients. For more about our Christmas list see here. It couldn’t be easier, simply spread the festive spirit and raise/donate money towards Poole Hospital’s Christmas List.

Here’s some ways to get involved:

  • Dorset Elf Day – 15th December 
Why not join the Elf Service and ‘elf up’ on Friday 15 December. From dressing up, baking elfy treats or hosting a festive coffee morning there’s no limit to the fun you can have. Whether it’s at school, work or even just at home get your elf on and support your local hospital.

  • Join one of our events
We are bringing back our popular Crackers’ Christmas Quiz and Elf Dash so get your tickets fast as they sold out last year. We are also hosting a Poole Hospital Christmas Carol Concert  so check out our Events section to get involved.
  • Organise your own event
It’s a social time of year so why not organise a Christmas party, dinner party or coffee morning? We have a FREE Christmas Party Pack 2017 (3) full of party goodies and ideas! For your pack register here.
  •  Donate 
However big or small we appreciate all contributions towards our target. You can donate in the office, by post, or on our Just giving page. You can even make a donation in someone’s name in lieu of their gift? We can provide the gift card so you can explain the huge difference your donation is making.
  •  Plan your own sponsored event 
If you can think of it you can do it! How about a Dry December or Sponsored Slim or something more physical? Whatever your challenge is, get sponsored to raise your target.
  • Finally….SPREAD THE WORD
The target is thousands but it help thousands of people in our community. Please spread the word to friends, family, colleagues and social media followers and drum up more support for Poole Hospital.

How to become an Elf:

  1. Register your details using the form below
  2. Download your Elf Help Manual 2017
  3. Fundraise!
  4. Return the form found inside the Elf Help Manual, along with a picture of yourself and payment.
  5. Find yourself on the nice list

Don’t forget to check out our Elf Dash and Quiz events and be sure to like our Facebook page to keep upto date with our Christmas progress!

Thorpe Park

Terms & Conditions for Thorpe Park – Saturday 4th November.

  • Tickets are offered by Bluecard.co.uk on behalf of NHS services for Thorpe Park Resort.
  • Tickets are only valid on Saturday 4th November and are non-refundable.
  • Coach travel is completed through Laguna Travel. On all stage of the journey passengers must adhere to Laguna Travel policies.
  • Tickets can be withdrawn by Poole Hospital Charity at any time.
  • Poole Hospital Charity, Laguna Travel and Thorpe Park Resort reserves the right to to withdraw the offer and refuse entry at anytime.
  • Every effort will be made to fulfil your travel and tickets, but in extreme circumstances relating to weather and traffic it may not be possible. It will not be possible to fulfil these arrangements on a different date.



Coastal Comedy supports Poole Hospital Charity

Coastal Comedy on the Quay!

Thistle Hotel, The Quay, Poole, BH15 1HD

Saturday 23rd of September 2017

Doors open at 7:30 show starts at 8:30pm

Tickets: £12 in advance (£16 on the door) Online here: http://www.wegottickets.com/f/11025

Or from Poole Tourist Information

Website: http://www.coastalcomedy.com/

Coastal Comedy on the Quay!

We bring you the sensational Tanyalee Davis. As seen on:

The John Bishop Show (BBC1)

Live at the Apollo (BBC2) and many more!

Come and enjoy a top night of live entertainment at The Thistle Hotel, Poole Quay.  Coastal Comedy were finalists for ‘Best Night Out’ as part of the Bournemouth Tourism Awards 2017 and you can find out why as we stage our first show in Poole!

Hosted by local comic Adrienne Coles. The proceeds of the prize draw go to Poole Hospital Charity.  Advance tickets are available online £12 and in person from Poole Tourist Information. Advance booking is recommended. Tickets are £16 on the door.

Poole Hospital Considers Dementia.

Poole Hospital considers Dementia.

Poole Hospital has been rated fourth best in the country by carers of patients with dementia for the care provided.
The National Audit of Dementia looks at a range of performance indicators, as well as surveys of patients and carers. The new report shows the hospital performing well in many areas, while improvement has been identified in others.
Nearly 90 per cent of carers questioned said that the care their loved one received was high quality. More than 80 per cent said that communication with them by staff was good, placing the hospital 11th in the country.
The hospital has introduced a number of initiatives to support care for patients with the condition, including:
   establishing a comprehensive awareness and training programme
  open to all clinical and non-clinical staff – around 1,000 staff have already received this training
   – delivering dementia training as part of routine staff induction sessions
   – introducing blue clips on a patient’s ID band which indicates that they have dementia to highlight this to other departments that may need to change their approach and communication with the patient
    adopting the principles of the nationally recognised John’s Campaign, we now have a dedicated carer’s advisor who is supporting carers throughout the hospital.
The audit also found areas that could be improved, including communication between staff. The team continues to work with the Charity on ways to improve scare for Dementia patients and their families.
If you would like to donate to the Consider Dementia Campaign please contact us.


Hospital Charity benefits from party donation.

Hospital Charity benefits from party donation.

Rockley Park Owners Association rallied round to show support for Poole Hospital after their Vice Chairperson Stuart Chinnery’s battle with Bowel Cancer.
Stuart was so grateful to all staff for the care and compassion shown he was inspired to approach the association to use their annual cream teas as a large fundraiser.
The annual cream tea has been running for 12 years but this year owners and companies gave prizes, baked and donated to raise £603 for Poole Hospital Charity. Over 60 owners and friends enjoyed cream teas at Yarrells School in Upton with entertainment from singer songwriter Sarah Yeo.

Stuart said “My thanks go to the staff at Poole Hospital; they are the hardest working people I have ever met and always have a smile for patients”
Stuart and Terry presented Stuart’s clinician’s Mr Ahmed, Dr Flubacher and Danielle with a fruit cake, flowers and cheque to say thank you for their care and compassion.
Poole Hospital Charity funds equipment and facilities for the hospital that are over and above NHS provision. Fundraising Manager Farah Batchelor said “We are so grateful for the support from Stuart and Rockley Parks Owner Association .On Stuarts request this money will be used towards equipment in the radiotherapy unit.”
The radiotherapy team treat 135 people a day on average, and the charity is fundraising for a piece of equipment to position patients in order to treat the site of cancer with even more accuracy.