Since the review began in October 2014 we have shared our ongoing work and proposals with key stakeholders and the public. The feedback we received helped to shape the proposals which went to formal public consultation in December 2016.
The consultation asked for feedback on site specific options for Dorset County, Poole and Royal Bournemouth hospitals, the configuration of maternity and paediatrics, changes to community services and the redistribution of community beds across the county.
Between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017, 18,713 questionnaires were submitted along with 245 written submissions. In addition over 1900 people attended drop-in events, 14 focus groups took place and 1005 people took part in telephone surveys.
The results of the consultation were independently analysed by Opinion Research Services (ORS), specialist consultation analysts and were published in an independent report. The report looks at responses from more than 18,500 people who shared their views on the options for consultation either online, or by post. It also analyses feedback from thousands of other people that took part in focus groups, a telephone survey or made their views known through written submissions or petitions.
This report informed the final business case which was presented and considered by the Governing Body of NHS Dorset CCG in September 2017.