Our public consultation is now open and we want to share our plans and meet as many residents, businesses, hospital employees, visitors, patients and other stakeholders as possible.
At Christchurch Hospital, Fairmile Road BH23 2JX
Three local organisations – Macmillan Caring Locally, The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH) and The Affordable Housing & Healthcare Group (AHH) are working closely together to bring some much needed health and well being facilities to Christchurch.
The partnership has evolved during the past few years, as a result of changing needs to our healthcare and housing sectors. It will unlock benefits for local people, and deliver a connected community to complement the GP surgery and pharmacy on the site.
The Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital is a specialist palliative care unit and hospice for patients in south east Dorset and south west Hampshire. It is run by RBCH, and the core services are met by the hospital Trust. Macmillan Caring Locally is a charity operating from offices in the Macmillan Unit. Although the charity has the Macmillan name, it predates and has no connection to the national charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
Macmillan Caring Locally provides £1.2m each year to fund the Macmillan Unit Day Centre, senior clinical staff posts, and the multi-disciplinary teams based at the Unit including the Community Specialist Palliative Care Sisters, the Family Support Team, the Rehabilitation Team, Complementary Therapy, Welfare Benefits Advice and Chaplaincy. It also supports training and development of staff.
The current service is a centre of excellence and has been providing this care for 45 years. Originally focusing on cancer patients, the remit is now much greater for all patients requiring specialist palliative care, both in the Macmillan Unit and the community. The charity has been setting aside funds to build a new hospice for many years, however, the threefold increase in patient referrals over a 10 year period has accelerated the need for a larger hospice that will meet the future needs of our community.
Macmillan Caring Locally will be launching its Brick by Brick in 2020, the capital appeal to raise the funds to build the new hospice.
Christchurch Hospital provides a pleasant environment for rehabilitation and a range of outpatient services. An all age rehabilitation service has been developed by the teams and there is an excellent infrastructure to support rehabilitation with superb physiotherapy and occupational therapy services.
The hospital has undergone many significant changes over the past few years, with investments for new facilities such as x-ray and diagnostics and vital services such as dermatology and physiotherapy which are based here. The proposed plans include expanding the outpatient physiotherapy services and accommodating the Dorset Prosthetic Centre which would move over from the Royal Bournemouth Hospital site. This specialist service includes support for amputees and patients requiring aids.
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The national housing shortage directly affects Christchurch and the surrounding areas. AHH provides solutions for local authorities by bringing affordable homes for people who are over 55, accommodation for key workers and care-led communities with a focus on health and well-being.
Through its joint venture partnerships with NHS Trusts, it provides much needed value to local hospitals which in turn gives the best possible public benefit for health, the community and local housing.
At Christchurch Hospital, it has been instrumental in creating a new, connected community that has changed people’s lives.
Its elderly care home (Fairmile Grange) and retirement living apartments (Monterey) opened in 2017, along with an onsite pharmacy and GP surgery.
Sustainability for the environment is crucial. Our proposals reflect both the need for sustainable development that is environmentally compatible with the local area, and one that promotes green living.