A Positive Start to the New Year

A very warm welcome to 2022 from everyone at Macmillan Caring Locally! We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable festive season and the New Year finds you well.

You may have noticed that our blog page has been a little quiet over the last few months but there has been plenty going on and this post will give you all the detail you need to catch up with recent activity and also get an insight into our plans for the coming year.

As ever, you wonderful people have continued to support our hospice team with some fabulous fundraising activities and for that, we are, as ever, extremely grateful. The following are just a handful of events that took place over the last few months. In July, Sam Froude completed her Marathon walk to Stone Henge and raised £985 and Jessica Rendell bravely took on a skydive in August, raising £826. In September, we saw the return of the Sarah Green Golf Tournament which was another a huge success, raising £10,225.00 and we were delighted to see so many people joining Melodie’s walk this year which raised an incredible £14,053.50.

In October, the Flutterby Ball took place at The Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth. Our very own Geraldine worked hard with the MCL team to make the evening an incredible success with over 140 people attending and a fabulous £9,000 raised for the charity. The room looked beautiful, the band and DJ were amazing and the lovely Dave Fitzgerald (MCL Ambassador) did a cracking job as compere for the evening, running the auction and entertaining the guests. We plan to hold the Flutterby Ball again this year but at a new and larger location due to the popularity of the event. Keep an eye out for details later in the year and grab your tickets to experience this wonderful evening. Two weeks after the ball, Jen from our fundraising team took on the crazy challenge of completing 24 CrossFit workouts in 24 hours at Complete Active in Mudeford. The turnout was incredible, raising over £4,500 for our Brick by Brick appeal and raising lots of awareness for our charity.

Many of you took part in the Bournemouth Run Festival in October and we had a fun-filled live quiz night at Portfield Hall in Christchurch in November. We took part in the Christchurch Living Advent Calendar at the Priory in December and our lovely long-term supporters at Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary hosted another Tree Of Lights event which raised around £3,000. We were overjoyed to see all of our wonderful Christmas Day Dippers back in their droves to take part in the White Christmas Dip again. The event has raised £29,000 and it is STILL coming in. Once again, the wonderful team at the Beach Hut Café welcomed everyone for festive refreshments afterwards too and recently delivered over £9,000 from the event!

We are hoping to add more events to our calendar this year as the pandemic begins to settle a little. However, the virus continues to impact our lives in many ways and our hospice team have been working incredibly hard to maintain their high standard of service and ensure patients, families and carers are kept safe while still experiencing the comfort and support that is so vital to their care. A huge thank you to everyone on the team – you continue to inspire us with your dedication, selflessness and kindness and we are so very proud to support you.

As you are aware, we have been trying to get the building of our new hospice ‘off the ground’ for a long time and sadly, the pandemic has put a (much longer than anticipated) pause on the project. However, we are now able to start the ball rolling again and, fingers crossed, we are hoping that the planning permission we submitted in November 2019 will be approved this summer and we can officially launch our Brick by Brick appeal to make that wonderful new building a reality.

Please keep an eye on our website and social media pages to stay up to date with developments, events, news and plans and we look forward to seeing more of your lovely faces soon. Take care!

Until next time….


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List of pharmacies 

 Pharmacy name and address

Phone Number

100 hour pharmacy


Asda Pharmacy

St Pauls Road, Bournemouth,BH8 8DL

01202 298900


Bournemouth East

Castle Lane Pharmacy
482 Castle Lane West Bournemouth, BH8 9UD

01202 772110


Bournemouth West

Ferndown Pharmacy
487 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, BH22 9AG

01202 892666


East Dorset

Tesco Extra Pharmacy
Yarrow Road, Mannings Heath Poole, BH12 4NX

01202 457447 or 01202 367447



Asda Pharmacy
West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1JQ

01202 207000


Poole Central

Equipment – www.redcross.org.uk Is useful for wheelchairs and other equipment

Guide for people nearing end stage of life : https://intranet.rbch.nhs.uk/uploads/palliative/documents/What-to-Expect.pdf

Brief Drugs List for GPs



Morphine sulphate 2.5-5mg SC PRN (10mg in 1ml injection)

(alternative if taking PO or eGFR<30 – Oxycodone 1 – 2.5mg SC PRN (10mg in 1ml injection))

[Please take background opioid into account when prescribing doses for anticipatories]


Midazolam 2.5-5mg SC PRN (10mg in 2ml injection)


Glycopyrronium 200mcg SC PRN (600mcg in 3ml injection)

(alternative for secretions: Hyoscine Butylbromide 20mg/ml injection)

Nausea :

Levomepromazine 6.25mg SC PRN (25mg in 1ml injection)

(alternative for nausea: Haloperidol 1.5mg SC PRN (5mg in 1ml injection)

Water for injection

Dexamethasone 3.3mg SC OD-BD (equivalent to 4mg PO) if risk of steroid withdrawal/Addisons during terminal phase.

Day/Time Example Timetable
Monday - AM

9am MMU Ward Hand over; 9:30am Tour of MMU

10m Consultant Ward Round, MMU

Monday - PM

12pm Ward Nurses - syringe driver administration (treatment room)

1:30 Nursing Handover – MMU (ward office)

MMU – Admission Assessment(s) with ward doctor

Tuesday - AM

9am Ward Hand over

9:20am Referrals Meeting on MMU

10am Community visiting with Specialist Nurse

Tuesday - PM

12:30 Journal Club – MMU (doctors office)

2pm Introduction to Patient and Family Support Team

3pm Introduction to Welfare and benefits Advisor

Wednesday - AM

9am Ward Hand over

9:20am Referrals Meeting on MMU

10am Consultant ward round - MMU

Wednesday - PM

2pm Doctor/Nurse Home Visit with Specialty Doctor

Thursday - AM

9:15am Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting on MMU

Thursday - PM

2pm Introduction to Palliative Rehabilitation with Physiotherapist

3pm Introduction to Complex Discharge Planning in terminal illness

Friday - AM

Hospital Palliative Care Team Ward Visits

Friday - PM

2pm Introduction to Personalised Care Plan for the Last Days of Life with End of Life Care Nurse

4pm Debrief / sign off