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Fundraising and the Future

Well, hello sunshine, what a welcome sight you are! After the last few months of lockdown and cold, wet weather, we really are feeling a little lighter and brighter in ourselves now the children are back with their school mates and the first stages of lifting restrictions has begun. Like many others, here at the Mac Unit we are so excited to start returning to some kind of normality and, more than anything, to indulge in that wonderful sense of community again.

Meanwhile, we have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of your amazing pieces of artwork coming in for the 50/50 project – what a talented bunch you are! Bidding has begun in earnest and we are very pleased to see so much interest. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family or perhaps you might find that perfect birthday present among the paintings and drawings displayed on our website?! Bidding closes at 6pm Wednesday 24th March so you don’t have long!

Of course, you fabulous lot have also been fundraising for the Mac Unit in other ways and we have been overwhelmed by your amazing support. Big shout outs to the following: Rhys Lugg, a soldier in The Household Cavalry Regiment who has completed his personal challenge of running 4 miles every 4 hours whilst carrying 20kg of weight, for 48 hours while on base at Bulford Barracks in Wiltshire and has so far raised £3,020.00 for Macmillan Caring Locally and the military mental health charity, Head Up; Mudeford Cricket Club players who are attempting to (virtually) reach all 18 county championship grounds in England and Wales inside a month by either running or walking around their local areas. So far they have raised £1,660.00; Mick who is also taking on the Dave Goggins Challenge to run 4 miles every 4 hours over 48 hours for Macmillan Caring Locally in April; ‘Marathon Man’ Paul O’Boyle who is busy planning his next mission – Paul plans to run 207 miles over five days along the South West Coast Path starting at the end of July! He will be running up to 54 miles a day all whilst navigating tricky ferry crossing times… this is adding to the amazing 700 miles he ran for us last October! Thank you to all of you for ongoing support.

As you know, our Barry held the final virtual quiz on Friday 19th February and it was wonderful to see so many of you taking part and having such a laugh. We are absolutely delighted that our quiz nights have raised a fabulous £3,312 in total – thank you! We are so pleased that you enjoyed the quizzes but also very thankful to everyone who has continued to find ways to support us throughout the pandemic, it means so much! Fingers crossed we’ll be able to hold a non-virtual quiz soon and we can get together for a fun evening of entertainment from our quiz master Barry…. Pass me the slime bucket! 😉

You will, of course, be aware that we have had to put our plans to build our new hospice on hold throughout the pandemic. However, we really hope to be able to get things moving again this year. We will keep you all posted with updates as soon as we have them and let you know when our Brick by Brick fundraising campaign will be launched. Perhaps when you meet your friend for that outdoor coffee, you can tell them about your Brick by Brick fundraising idea…. Maybe get them to sign up  to doing a joint challenge?!

We will keep you up to date with all things MCL as we gradually make our way out of lockdown and we can’t wait to see your lovely faces again. Keep smiling, keep going, we’re nearly there!

Until next time….


Anyone that wishes to make a donation can do so on our website at and if you haven’t already signed up to our newsletter, you can do so at You can also read our appeal for support through the Coronavirus at

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