Author: Macmillan Local

An annual golf tournament set up by the family of a young woman who died of leukaemia has now raised over £150k for our charity. Sarah Green, from Ferndown, was just 31 years old when she passed away in 2003. Sarah spent her final days at the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital. To celebrate her life and the care she received, her family and friends set up The Sarah Green Memorial Golf Tournament, which this year marked its 20th year. Sarah’s brother Anthony Rogers is the driving force behind the event, which is held at Christchurch Golf Club each September. He said: “The tournament brings...

Social worker, Barbara Parker from the Macmillan Unit has been shortlisted for the Children’s Social Worker of the Year accolade in recognition of her ‘extraordinary practice’.  Barbara Parker is a specialist palliative care social worker based in the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital. She works closely with children and young people whose parent or caregiver is receiving end of life care and continues to support the child in bereavement. The Social Worker of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate the challenging work that qualified social workers do every day, and Barbara was nominated by her colleagues. One of six finalists, she will...

Lisa Wetton, Dylan Wetton, and QEDG Management hosted a memorial concert in memory of John Wetton (King Crimson, Family, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, UK, Asia) on August 3rd, 2023 at Trading Boundaries in East Sussex.   Although this was a private event the Wetton Family were delighted to invite John’s loyal fans to be part of this very special evening by enjoying the concert via a live stream. The event saw friends and family of the late lead singer and guitarist gather together to celebrate the life of this extraordinary musician.  An all-star line-up of legends, who were friends and collaborators of Wetton’s, performed songs from throughout his...

Macmillan Caring Locally is recruiting new Trustees for its Board Macmillan Caring Locally is a small, registered charity based at the Macmillan Unit in Christchurch Dorset. Our primary aim is to provide funding for the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital, which is a Hospice, a specialist palliative care ward and a centre of excellence. Although we share the Macmillan name, we are in fact not connected in any way to the national organisation Macmillan Cancer Support. We are looking for experienced members of the public to join our Board as Trustees. We are particularly keen to recruit members of our local community...

Freemasons from the South West Area, Hants and Isle of Wight hosted over thirty different charity organisations at the Bournemouth Masonic Centre on Friday 9th June 2023. Money was raised through the different Masonic Lodges covering the areas of Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Ringwood. A grand total of £104,023 was raised and forwarded to good causes within the Community. Members from each Lodge then presented a cheque to a representative from their nominated charity, and that representative gave a short presentation on what their charity was involved with. Neal Williams, Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally said “It was a humbling experience to be in...

Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown has raised over £11,000 for its 2022 Charity of the Year, Macmillan Caring Locally, based at Christchurch Hospital. Throughout the past year, Haskins’ Ferndown team held various fundraising events in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally, including quizzes, performances, collections, and various challenges. The team also collected donations from customers via the Charity Wishing Well, which is placed at the centre’s exit. Lin Sharp, Fundraising and Communications Director at Macmillan Caring Locally, said: “We could not be more delighted with the support we have received from Haskins Ferndown. The staff were so engaged with us on every level...

Round Table Christmas tree-cycling will help Christchurch hospice Householders can book to have their Christmas trees collected in January and raise much-needed funds for the Mac Unit hospice. Christchurch Round Table volunteers will be carrying out two days of collections, taking away trees from £10, and donating proceeds to the palliative care unit in the grounds of Christchurch Hospital, which cares for 1600 patients each year. Nigel Jarvis of Christchurch Round Table explained: “We are delighted to announce that Macmillan Caring Locally, the charity which supports the Mac Unit, will receive half of all money raised by this year’s tree-cycle, with the other...

A huge thank you to the Heritage Investments Team who came up with an inspired idea to raise funds for our Hospice whilst keeping fit, and enjoying some healthy competition between colleagues. They cycled 442 miles over 24 working hours across both their Christchurch and Wimborne offices on 10th October 2022. 11 members of the Heritage Team took part in the challenge, riding continuously on static bicycles through 24 working hours. The aim of the initiative was to increase the volume of money raised for the Macmillan Unit, with a target of £1000 set. Martyn Gibbens, Heritage Investments Head of Operations said, It's...

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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 – Is useful for wheelchairs and other equipment

Guide for people nearing end stage of life :

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