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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...

As many of us are taking stock of the last 14 months and looking to brighter days ahead, the team at the Mac Unit are looking to the next few months and making tentative plans around events and activities with a real hope in our hearts that we will be able to see all of you again soon. It’s been such a difficult time and many are understandably concerned about returning to social contact and larger groups. We would be so interested to hear from you, our valued supporters, about how you feel and if you are keen to start taking...

Welcome to the latest blog post, bringing you up to date with news from the Mac Unit. We hope you are keeping well, all had a fabulous, chocolatey Easter break and are managing to enjoy some of the sunshine! It is incredible to think that it was over a year ago now that Boris Johnson made that first public announcement asking us to stay at home. It seemed almost surreal in those early days of lockdown but after twelve months, so much has happened and a lot has changed. On 23rd March, the nation came together to remember those we have...

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 joy it is to see those first few daffodils pushing through the frosty ground in an attempt to declare that spring is coming. We may well have put on a few more jumpers recently and perhaps we’re even feeling that lockdown has its upside when it’s minus five degrees outside but there are definitely seeds of hope for the coming weeks. The rollout of the first Covid-19 vaccines appears to be going well, taking us one step closer to getting some normality back in our lives. Most of our team have had their first vaccine now and it is...

Welcome to 2021! Ok, so it’s not quite what we had hoped for the start of a fresh New Year but there is, at least, hope on the horizon. With the introduction of the vaccines, we are all pleased to see a shining light at the end of this very long tunnel. For now though, our focus is on supporting our amazing team at the Mac Unit as we see Covid-19 cases surge across our county and further challenges brought on by another lockdown. Our nurses, doctors, clinical and administrative and staff and volunteers are once again proving that nothing will...

As 2020 draws to a close, we have been reflecting on this somewhat extraordinary year. It would be fair to say it has been challenging, arduous and sometimes a little depressing to be honest. However, we are also feeling extremely grateful for all that we have learned and achieved this year and most of all, for all the wonderful people that make the Mac Unit what it is – an incredibly special place of which we are all so very proud. Our nurses, doctors, staff and volunteers have shown unwavering bravery and selflessness in the face of coronavirus with the care...

He did it!! Our incredible Marathon Man completed all 27 marathons in 26 days – what a superhero! If you’ve been following our social media pages and reading our blogs, you will have seen that Paul O’Boyle smashed his £10,000 target by completing his incredible challenge. He finished his final marathon at the Mac Unit on Monday 26th October and was met by a emotional crowd of staff, volunteers, supporters, family, friends and tv / radio crews cheering him over the line. We are all in absolute awe of Paul and want to say another huge thank you to him...

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...

And just like that, Autumn arrived. For many of us, it’s been back to school, back to work, back to a bit of normality but as expected, with the change of the season comes further change with Covid-19 restrictions. Our team at Macmillan Caring Locally are looking to the future and trying to decide what is best for our supporters regarding fundraising plans and events over the next few months and it is clear that the continuing restrictions will have an impact on charitable giving. However, there are still plenty of ways that everyone can get involved and do something fun...

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