As part of its wider plans for future health and care services, NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has proposed changes to the organisation of Dorset’s acute hospitals – Bournemouth Hospital, Poole Hospital and Dorset County Hospital.

Two options have been considered and one chosen as the preferred way forward.

At the CCG’s Governing Body meeting on May 18 2016 the Governing Body named its preferred option.

Read our proposals for the future of Dorset’s acute hospitals
public event

In March-April 2016 we held a series of 9 public events across Dorset. The focus of each event was to listen and learn from local people, exploring what they felt we need to consider when developing health and care services in their particular area of Dorset.

The feedback from each event is now available and you can download the reports.

This is an important stage in the on-going engagement work in Dorset – with a vital local community focus.

Read the reports from each event

We have produced a film which helps explain the need for change.  Watch, comment, share & stay involved.

Please watch this short (3 ½ minute) film, it has been produced to explain:

  • why the NHS in Dorset needs to change
  • what we’re doing about it and
  • how you can get involved.

We want to know what you think.  Once you’ve watched our film we would really appreciate your feedback. You can easily comment and give us your views by completing our quick, confidential survey.

Watch the Need for Change video

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – as the organisation responsible for planning and securing healthcare in Dorset – is managing and leading the Clinical Services Review. This in-depth review looks at the how well our current services are working and how they might be reorganised and improved.

We’ll update this website with information on the review and our proposals to ensure you continue to have high quality, safe and affordable care both now and in the future. We want as many people as possible to live healthier lives for longer.



Why change?

We currently have good NHS services in Dorset. However, rising demand on services means we need to make significant changes to ensure you continue to have high-quality, safe care that the NHS can afford both now and in the future.

Find out why health and care services in Dorset need to change.

Getting involved

Get Involved

We want you to help us shape your local NHS services. We want to listen to your views and experiences to help us develop our proposals and build better health and care services in Dorset.

Find out how you can have your say.

CSR Programme


Our frequently asked questions will help answer any questions you have. We’ll update these to reflect questions asked by local people. If you have a question which isn’t covered please contact us.

Read our frequently asked questions.



In our resources section you can find out about past events, watch videos and download presentations and documents from the clinical services review programme.

Search our documents and other resources.

Activity Timeline

Drag the blue timeline above to move it right and left so you can see all of the events that have taken place.