Welfare Benefits Adviser About the role: This is a role where you can make a difference. If you have experience of welfare benefits advice and dealing with complex or crisis situations, this is a brilliant opportunity to work with a respected local charity as an adviser. You will be responsible for the delivery of a high quality welfare benefits advice service for clients (Macmillan Caring Locally patients) and their families under the care of the Macmillan Unit. You will provide comprehensive advice, extensive casework and advocacy concerning welfare benefits. This will involve visiting patients in their homes, telephone calls and emails. You will...

A man whose father received palliative care at the Christchurch ‘Mac Unit’ has walked the 192-mile Coast to Coast trail to raise money for the hospice. Computer software coach Steve Katon took two weeks to walk the famous un-signposted route starting at St Bees on the Irish Sea and ending at Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea. His adventure took him through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors and involved ‘wild’ camping beside mountain tarns (small lakes). It has also raised an incredible £2705 for Macmillan Caring Locally, the charity which supports the Mac Unit. Steve, who lives...

The Diamond Divas ladies’ choir - which has raised over £40k for the Macmillan Unit hospice - returns to rehearsals next month (Sept) and needs a new pianist to join the team. The 20-strong choir, based in Highcliffe, has for the last eight years been performing in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally (MCL), the charity which supports the palliative care unit based in the grounds of Christchurch Hospital. The Diamond Divas’ concerts traditionally take place in care homes, local churches and at WI groups, as well as outside local supermarkets over Christmas. During lockdown the choir was unable to perform, but simply diversified...

Bournemouth school caretaker Paul O’Boyle, 56, who last year ran 27 marathons in 26 days, is embarking on a new challenge. A man, who was seriously injured, having been a victim of a drink driver, is to run an average of 42 miles a day over a five-day period. Bournemouth school caretaker Paul O’Boyle, 56, is no stranger to huge challenges, as last October he ran 27 marathons in 26 days. His latest feat will take him on the South West Coast Path from Old Harry Rocks in Studland on Sat 31 July to Plymouth Barbican on 4 August, a distance of 212...

UK staff from the global manufacturer Curtiss-Wright showed their mettle by running, cycling, rowing and even fishing to raise hundreds of pounds for the Macmillan Unit in Christchurch. Curtiss-Wright UK launched its Wellbeing Challenge at the beginning of 2021 and pledged to donate £20 for every employee who agreed to take part in fundraising for the hospice and two other nominated charities. Forty-one employees from its subsidiaries across the UK, including Christchurch, signed up and between them managed to run 2140 miles, cycle 285 miles, walk 3311 miles and row 126 miles during January and February. Karen Moss, Senior Human Resources Manager for...

Covid couldn’t stop the music when Christchurch University of the Third Age (U3A) tuned up to help the Macmillan Unit hospice. Each year the U3A Vintage Brass Band raises money for Macmillan Caring Locally by playing Christmas Carols to shoppers in Saxon Square. Restrictions meant playing activities were limited in 2020. But band member Tony Kent arranged with Christchurch Council for the band’s quartet, Brass in Harmony and small ensembles of Vintage Brass members to play in the Square on December 14th. As in previous years the U3A musicians were titled Santa’s Band and Rudolph’s Band and their efforts not only cheered up shoppers,...

RESOURCEFUL Rotarian Robin Scott made a rod for his own back when he delivered his club’s latest donation to the Macmillan Hospice in Christchurch, Dorset. Reluctant to hand over the money by hand due to COVID restrictions, the President of Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary devised his own delivery method, using a giant cheque and a fishing rod. Robin explained: “In normal times, we present our donations to the Macmillan Unit as a group with celebratory photographs and a party atmosphere. We have a fantastic relationship with the Trust Secretary Neal and the whole team, and it’s always something to enjoy." “Unfortunately, get-togethers aren’t safe...

Every adult in England is now able to book up to two lateral flow tests a week, in line with government guidelines, at one of the local test sites. Regular, repeat testing is recommended to support people throughout the easing of lockdown and whilst vaccination is being rolled out. This will provide ongoing reassurance and, where positive cases are found, it helps break the chains of transmission. You can book individual or block bookings: Block booking - you can block book six tests, one a week for six weeks at the same time, same day, same location. If you would like two tests every...

Cricketers go double the distance in lockdown Mudeford Cricket Club players who are attempting to reach all 18 county championship grounds in England and Wales inside a month, have got off to a stunning start – and may even manage it twice! A group of 30 cricketers from their teens to their 70s have set themselves the challenge of running or walking a combined 1008.6 miles, the equivalent distance to Hampshire, Surrey, both grounds in London, Cardiff, Durham and all the way back again, by March 31. The cricketers are dotted across Dorset and Hampshire and cover their miles in their own neighbourhoods,...

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