Poole Hospital – Major Planned Hospital


Summary of services

Urgent and emergency care

  • 24/7 urgent care centre (as part of Dorset’s urgent care services) – GP led with consultant input in networked arrangement with integrated GP out-of-hours services

  • Sub-acute medical admissions (up to 30%)

  • Rehabilitation beds

Planned and specialist

  • High volume lower risk planned and day case surgery including cancer

  • Enhanced planned recovery unit

  • Planned medical interventions/admissions, e.g. chemotherapy

  • Outpatients and diagnostics

  • Networked single Dorset cancer service

Maternity and paediatrics

  • Antenatal and postnatal care

  • Children’s therapies and outpatients

Long-term conditions, frailty and end of life care

  • Integrated frailty service

  • Primary and community care services on-site

  • Step-up, step-down beds

  • Mental healthcare services (not inpatient beds)

Developments and benefits


  • A new hot laboratory for urgent tests requested from the wards

Urgent Care Centre

  • Improved patient flows

  • Links to primary care

Day case

  • Located next to other services needed to support integrated working and patient flow

Theatre and recovery

  • Co-location of theatres to single efficient unit

  • Includes six clean air theatres (laminar flow theatres) for greater flexibility

  • Upgrading of present theatres

  • Provides service free from delays caused by management of emergencies