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We have at last received the go-ahead for a project which we have been hoping to do for a long time.  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.

We are also funding the redecoration of the ward and adding new lighting and new televisions.  The Day Surgery Unit is in real need of an upgrade so the waiting room, the pre-op assessment room and the recovery area are all going to get a make-over.  Plus we will be funding the refurbishment of the MIU waiting room toilets.  Meanwhile Dorset HeathCare have put in a new fire alarm system and will be fitting new boilers, upgrading the electrics and water supply and redesigning and upgrading the x-ray department.

Finally the future of the Everest site has been a concern ever since the building on it was condemned.   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 and bus bay on the site. 

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.

As a Foundation Trust, they have a Council of Governors who are elected to represent the views and interests of the public, patients and staff, as well as carers and other stakeholders.

You can influence the decisions made about the NHS in Dorset by becoming a Member of Dorset HealthCare, and making contact with your local Governor. Anyone over the age of 11 years is welcome, it’s free and without obligation.

Details about the Council of Governors and their contact details can be found at Dorset HealthCare website.

It takes just a few minutes to complete an online membership form. Or complete a printed form when visiting one of their services (if you can’t find one, just ask).