*Nearest locations may vary depending on which part of the county you live in. For some the closest health service may be available in neighbouring counties such as Somerset and Wiltshire. A map of services is available on the homepage.
Emergency and planned care will continue to be accessed from Dorset County Hospital. Only the most specialist cases will be transferred to the Major Emergency Hospital or Major Planned Hospital. Those living closer to the East of the county will be able to access emergency care at Royal Bournemouth and urgent and planned care at Poole Hospital.
Maternity services will continue to be provided at Dorset County Hospital and in the future maternity and paediatric services may be integrated across Dorset County Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital for the Dorset population. Those living closer to the East of the county, the majority of maternity services will be available at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Some antenatal and postnatal care and children’s therapies and outpatient services will be available at Poole.
A new mental health Community Front Room will be available in Shaftesbury and a Retreat will be located in Dorchester and Bournemouth. Mental Health inpatient beds will still be available at Forston Clinic near Dorchester and St Ann’s in Poole.
In the community, North Dorset will have two community hubs with beds, one at Sherborne Hospital and one at Blandford Hospital (including outpatients and diagnostics). We will also maintain a community hub with beds in Shaftesbury, whilst working with the local community on a sustainable model for future services based on the health and care needs of this locality.
A future location for the community hub in Shaftesbury will need to be developed, in recognition that Shaftesbury Hospital has significant infrastructure limitations. This will reduce the potential to develop the range of outpatients, ambulatory care, diagnostics and other services on this site for the Shaftesbury, Gillingham and West Wiltshire population.
As with other areas across the county, work will continue to develop and improve the availability of services for people in their own homes, such as community nursing, therapy, and domiciliary care.