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Divas’ dazzling decade delivers £50k to hospice Highcliffe-based choir Diamond Divas are celebrating after reaching a £50k fundraising milestone for the Macmillan Unit hospice at Christchurch Hospital. The ‘Divas’ pledged to support the Unit 10 years ago and since then, every performance, concert and care home appearance has generated funds for the hospice. Choir co-ordinator Josie Spicer said: “Reaching £50,000 was a very proud moment for us all. Not least because during the last few years under Covid we were unable to perform, but carried on raising money by selling jams, pickles, plants and books at the front gates of various members...

It is with great sadness we announce the death of our retired Macmillan Unit gardener and friend Eric Jesty. Eric’s family and friends are in our thoughts. Eric cared deeply about the Macmillan Unit gardens, and his hard work and passion showed in the beautiful array of colours all year round. A common site during the Summer months are people stopping to admire the rose gardens he tended, and pausing to take in the beautiful scents. The award winning gardens are a very important part of the Macmillan Unit. They are a haven of tranquillity and are cherished by our patients, visitors,...

After Covid thwarted their first attempt, Twynham Masonic Lodge members Robert Ings and John Hawkins have completed a five-day, whirlwind drive from Christchurch to Monte Carlo to raise money for two local charities. Robert and John, along with their wives Serena and Rhona, took part in the European Monte Carlo or Bust challenge, in which fundraisers buy a car for under £500 and drive to Monte Carlo via six countries - Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy - in just five days. The foursome named themselves The Bedrock Masons and decorated their car – a 22-year-old XJS Jaguar –Flintstones-style, before hopping...

"I walked throughout the night and day without sleep" I originally completed the Jurassic Coast continuous walk with Ultra Action challenge group in May 2021. Sadly the true core reason I even thought about signing up to this challenge both in May 2021 and on the 14th/ 15th May 2022 this year was losing my dad to advanced cancer, from being diagnosed to his passing was only 3 months. There is so much I can talk about and just don’t know where to start. My dad was a local, Christchurch born and raised. His name is Keith Nobbs. Dad had a wonderful father...

Hospice charity Trustees sign off after 62 years A Christchurch hospice charity has paid tribute to two retiring Trustees who have together dedicated over 60 years to its success. Keith Lomas and Jean Kelleway have served 44 and 18 years respectively as Trustees of Macmillan Caring Locally (MCL), the charity which supports the Macmillan Unit, in the grounds of Christchurch Hospital, which provides specialist palliative care for around 1600 people each year. As Trustees, Keith and Jean have been responsible for helping to grow awareness and support for the charity’s work and spearheading successful fundraising campaigns, including the current Brick by Brick appeal...

Christchurch's mayor, Independent Cllr Avril Coulton, has chosen to support the Macmillan Unit hospice charity during her term of office. The Macmillan Unit, in the grounds of Christchurch Hospital, provides palliative care and support for over 1600 people and their families every year. Cllr Coulton officially becomes mayor on May 16 and said she chose to take Macmillan Caring Locally charity which supports the unit as her charity of the year after seeing its work first-hand. She said: “I’m immensely proud to be a volunteer at the Macmillan Unit. I help with the admin and generally wherever I am needed. “I feel very lucky...

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Royal Bournemouth Hospital today to recognise all that NHS staff and patients have been through during the past two years. During his visit, The Prince of Wales met staff from across University Hospitals Dorset and visited the new operating theatre that will help with the backlog of patients requiring elective operations since the pandemic. He then officially opened the hospital’s new Lavender Garden, dedicated to the memory of colleagues who have died and a special area for staff to rest, reflect and recharge. The new operating theatre was built in a matter of...

Frank is 6 years old. He really liked hearing about how Captain Sir Tom Moore enjoyed seeing Everest in the story of his life, and the amazing things he did. South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres and Everest stands at 8,849m at its height. Frank decided to swim the difference of 3,485m, and to raise £348.50 for our charity. During his Easter holidays Frank swam 140 lengths (of 25m) at his local pool to raise money just like Captain Tom did to helps lots of people. Frank said he liked Captain Tom's quote when he...

We are delighted to announce that Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown have chosen Macmillan Caring Locally as their charity of the year 2022. At a charity collection and Easter raffle on the weekend of 9th and 10th April 2022, very generous customers at Haskins Ferndown donated an amazing £775.83 in support of our Hospice, the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital. There will be a variety of in house events through the year, with more details here. We very much look forward to working with the team at Haskins Garden Centre Ferndown....

Harry, 29, from Winton, is known as the Tattooed Golf Coach and is scheduled to take part in 25 competitions across the UK and Europe this season.   Fifty per cent of his winnings will go to Macmillan Caring Locally, which supports the Macmillan Unit Hospice in Christchurch.   Harry said: “My Nan Helen Hannant died a month ago aged 86 following a brave battle with cancer.   “She was emphatic she wanted to stay at home during her final weeks and she was able to do this with the help of my mum, my aunties and Debbie White, Advanced Nurse Specialist at the Macmillan Unit.   “The...

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