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X-Ray Upgrade

Patients will soon have access to some of the most advanced digital X-ray technology in the world. Dorset HealthCare has begun refurbishing our Radiology Department to upgrade its outdated equipment, and create a more spacious and modern facility.

More than £275,000 is being spent on the facility which will boast a state-of-the-art digital X-ray room that will provide high resolution images in a shorter time.  This, says Dorset HealthCare, will result in reduced waiting times and enable staff to make more accurate diagnoses for the 50-60 patients it sees each week.

Matron Donna Kiss said: “We are delighted to be installing some of the best X-ray imaging equipment available, which will enable us to run a more efficient service in more attractive surroundings.”

However, the refurbishment does mean the X-ray service will be temporarily closed until work is completed on June 13, with patients being redirected to either Poole Hospital or the Victoria Hospital in Wimborne during this time.

Ultrasound examinations won’t be affected, but will take place in the hospital’s Outpatient Department.


3 Major Projects linked together:  Undercroft renovation, patient garden & car park

The Stanley Pursar ward was built overlooking the garden but the patients have never been able to access it.  Now it has been agreed that a lift can be installed as part of a major refurbishment of the area under the ward known as the undercroft.  It is to become a much needed meeting room, an en-suite bedroom for relatives of palliative care patients and a storage area.  We will then be able to landscape and plant a specially designed patient garden which we know will help patient recovery.  Work on the undercroft is due to start in April.

It has been recognised that parking around the hospital is becoming a real problem and so the Friends and  Dorset HealthCare are hoping to put a car park on the Everest site.  The patient garden will be the last of the 3 projects and we don’t expect work to start on it until September.  You can see plans of all these projects at the hospital.  

We will also be funding the redecoration of the ward and adding new lighting and new televisions later in the year.


Staff Vacancies:

The hospital is looking to recruit Band 5 Staff Nurses – details are on the NHS Jobs website but our Matron Donna Kiss or Ward Staff Nurse Natasha Norman would be happy to have a chat about working full or part time with flexible hours.. Or maybe you’d like to pop in for a visit – do ring 01929 422282 – Swanage is a great place to live and work and our hospital has a wonderful caring environment.


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Dorset HealthCare:

Swanage hospital is part of Dorset HealthCare, who are responsible for all community hospitals, along with mental health services and many physical health services. They provide healthcare across Dorset at over 300 sites.

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