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Have you seen our incredible Marathon Man??

Just when we thought you fabulous lot couldn’t get any more daring, along comes Marathon Man! Yes, as we settle into October with our thick socks and jumpers and the morning alarm opens our eyes to a cold, dark and drizzly scene outside, we can still feel rather grateful that we are not out running a marathon at 3am. And this is not just one marathon. Oh no, this is 27 of them! In 26 consecutive days!!

Mr Paul O’Boyle (now AKA Mr Incredible) has made an amazing commitment to run a marathon every morning from 1st to 26th October to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally. His pledge to support our hospice in this way was of course met with some wide eyes and looks of concern but Paul is taking it all in his stride (pun intended) and has already completed his first 14 marathons despite the atrocious weather and ever decreasing temperatures. Paul was knocked off his bike by a drunk driver five years ago and following his amazing recovery with physio and speech therapy, he wanted to give something back. Read more about Mr Incredible and follow his daily progress on our social media pages. This man absolutely deserves your support to get him through the rest of his challenge too so please visit – thank you!

A big thank you, as always, to all of you for your unwavering support. These are challenging times for all of us and your fundraising efforts, kind words and social media interactions are all keeping our spirits lifted. Please do keep in touch and give us a shout if you have any challenge ideas – we’d love to hear from you! Round the world swim anyone??….. Anyone?? 😊

A reminder too that there are only a couple of weeks left to buy your tickets for our exciting prize draw! You could win a one week stay for up to seven people at the beautiful Pleasant Maris Cottage in Devon – a much needed “something to look forward to” at the moment! Head over to to grab your tickets before it’s too late! The draw will take place live on Facebook on Friday 30th October at 4pm…. Good luck!!

As we heard from the Prime Minister on Monday, cases of Covid-19 are on the rise again. While we don’t expect anything to change at the Macmillan Unit in the immediate future, we are happy to report that the team are very well prepared for the potential of a second wave and all the necessary precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of our staff, patients, their families and visitors. Please do look after yourselves and stay safe – we still have our fingers crossed that life will return to normal again soon. 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