Author: Macmillan Local

The sun is shining, hints of normality are returning and we are all beginning to feel a little brighter. To add to the rejoicing, we celebrated the 72nd birthday of the NHS on 5th July. Did you go outside to join your neighbours for the 5pm clap? We are so proud of our NHS and later this month, Macmillan Caring Locally will be celebrating its very own birthday. On 25th July, the Macmillan Unit will have been open for 46 years! We have been looking through some fabulous photos from ‘back in the day’ and even the original agreement for the...

As we get closer to ticking off a third month of lockdown and distancing measures, many of us are adjusting to a very new normal. If you have seen the “Return of The Mac” news article on our website, you will know that our heroes have returned from their stint at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital, back ‘home’ to the Mac Unit. They were greeted with celebrations, welcome messages and balloons and as you can see from the photo, they were all very happy to be back. However, due to the risks associated with Covid-19, there have been quite a few changes...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]To allow for the increased need for high-quality palliative and end-of-life care due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the patients and staff normally located at the Macmillan Unit based at Christchurch Hospital were temporarily relocated to the Derwent, a self-contained unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH). The move allowed staff from the Macmillan Unit to work closely with their nursing and therapy colleagues at RBH, and also enabled other staff to gain valuable experience working in palliative care. "It doesn’t matter where we’re based, we can still provide the same high quality of care as long as our focus is on...

"Return of The Mac." Patients and staff from the Macmillan Unit have returned home to Christchurch after having been temporarily relocated to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH). To allow for the increased need for high-quality palliative and end-of-life care due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the patients and staff normally located at the Macmillan Unit based at Christchurch Hospital were temporarily relocated to the Derwent in April, a self-contained unit at RBH. The move allowed staff from the Macmillan Unit to work closely with their nursing and therapy colleagues at RBH, and also enabled other staff to gain valuable experience working in palliative care. Laura...

Wow! What a fabulous bunch you are! The last month has shown how everyone connected to the Mac Unit sees a challenge and just rises right on above it…. and that definitely includes our amazing supporters. Despite the limitations of lockdown, lots of you are taking part in fitness challenges, our Barry’s Friday night quizzes (more on that later), lots of family fun and some innovative ways of fundraising at home. Meanwhile, our amazing team of staff and volunteers at the Mac Unit and at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital have been rising right above the many challenges they are facing...

Join us every Friday night at 7.30 pm for our virtual quiz. Barry our Quizmaster will host an hour of questions and entertainment on our Facebook page. To join in go to our Facebook page here in plenty of time before the event starts. Get a pen, paper and refreshments ready and keep an eye out for the Facebook live event starting at 7.30 p.m. Each week the quiz will have a theme, so make sure you check our Facebook page events for details in advance. This event is free of charge, but if you would like to make a donation to...

There are moments when we are reminded of the wonder of humanity and right now, seeing the way everyone at The Mac Unit is handling this incredible challenge, is a time we will always remember. Amidst the Coronavirus crisis, our nurses, doctors and volunteers are showing incredible courage, kindness and selflessness and we could not be more proud of them all. To quote our Trust Secretary, we have “the greatest respect for our colleagues whose dedication and professionalism is always exemplary and whose skills, knowledge and compassion are needed now, more than ever before.” As you may be aware, our staff and...

Spring is a hopeful season. It brings transformation and light, and our expectations for brighter days grow with the daffodils. Hopes and expectations are running high at the Mac Unit as we eagerly await the approval of our planning permission and start taking tentative steps towards the official launch of Brick by Brick. We are raring to go and hope you are all ready to join us! January saw over 600 people coming to Christchurch for our public engagement events! The three days showcased the designs for the new Macmillan Unit along with the plans RBCH and AHH have for the...

On Monday 10th February, we welcomed John and Tommy who organise the White Christmas Dip to say a huge thank you. Since starting the Dip in 2008, the annual event has raised a phenomenal £250,000 so, of course, we wanted to say a huge thank you to them for their amazing work. It was great for our nurses and other staff to meet John and Tommy and show them around the unit to see how their support makes a difference for our patients and their families. Thank you so much boys - you are superstars!...