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And the band played on…

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, but also raised £344.93 through bucket collections for Macmillan Caring Locally.

Tony said: “Macmillan Caring Locally has been one of our nominated charities for many years now and I’m happy to say that although it wasn’t quite the show we usually put on, we still played and spread a little Christmas cheer.”

The band also used their time away from customary playing and practicing to stage a U3A Vintage Brass 2020 Lockdown Charity Beard Growing Competition.

Tony explained: “Over the course of 20 days band members Dave Cornford, Roy Oxford, Pete Guntrip and Cliff Brock took up the challenge of growing a beard – with varying degrees of success and to the absolute horror of their wives Betty, Angela, Wilma and Helen.

“I had the honour of judging the final results in terms of luxuriance, bristle-iness, food processing and storage and grooming and ended up making them all winners for their sheer determination”.

“The contest brought everyone lots of laughter and thanks to the generous sponsorship of their friends and families raised a further £520.25 for Macmillan Caring Locally. Bringing our total donation to just over £865″.

Christchurch U3A offers a programme of educational and leisure activities for those not in full-time employment and is part of the worldwide U3A movement. Members with similar interests meet during the day in small groups, usually weekly or fortnightly and at various venues. The main aim is to advance the education of retired and semi-retired people and assist them in pursuing their interests within a social environment.

Neal Williams, Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally said: “This fabulous group of people have been using their talents and their spare time to help the Mac Unit for many years and we cannot thank them enough”.

“Setting up their instruments against the restrictions of a pandemic, to raise money for us and lift the spirits of shoppers is something truly special. We can’t thank them enough for their continuing support.”

Christchurch U3A Vintage Brass members are hoping to resume their normal Carol playing for Macmillan Caring Locally this Christmas.

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