New Christchurch mayor announces support for the Macmillan Unit

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 to be able to see first-hand the work of its doctors, nurses, staff, supporters and community teams.

“It’s an honour to be part of something which helps so many people and their families in such a profound and compassionate way and I want to do all I can during my term as mayor to support this work.”

Prior to her election as Christchurch Town Councillor for Priory Ward in 2019, Cllr Coulton sat as a magistrate in Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole’s Magistrates Courts and in the Crown Court.

She worked at Heathrow, Swanwick and Hurn for the National Air Traffic Services until retirement and is on the committee of the Christchurch Residents Association and supports The Friends of Druitt Gardens.

She added: “The position of mayor of this wonderful town entails many interesting duties and attending many wonderful occasions, including of course this year’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. As well as offering Macmillan Caring Locally the chance to promote its work and fundraise alongside me, I will be actively spreading the word about this amazing charity and hopefully encouraging more people to join me in supporting it.”

Neal Williams, Trust Secretary for Macmillan Caring Locally, said: “Cllr Coulton is a tremendous advocate of the unit and the whole Christchurch community. We are immensely grateful for her support, both as a volunteer and as our new mayor.”

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