Issue 44                                                     February  2017 

Welcome to the Online SAMRA Newsletter, with information about what is going on in the area. The frequency of these mailings depends upon what is happening, hopefully of interest to SAMRA members.

IMPORTANT  – On 7 February 2017, from 2.00 to 8.00 pm, at Christchurch Library there will be a Dorset Clinical Services Review event organised by NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.

It is our opportunity to engage with personnel and make known our concerns and our needs. In the booklets on show there is a pull-out consultation questionnaire section. You can fill it all in or just the parts that are relevant to you. This can also be done on-line at:   If you don’t return these questionnaires you will not get a say on the proposals for the health services in Dorset.  You can also telephone 01202 541946 for more information.

Our responses will be counted for the formation of the health service in Dorset for the next TWENTY years. We need to make our voice heard and the Clinical Services Review want to hear. We have serious needs such as Community Beds, Step-up and Step-down beds (for those who are not ill enough to be in an acute hospital but not well enough to be at home or for those who no longer need to be in an acute hospital but not well enough to be home), Walk-in Centres and Trauma Outpatients Departments at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital or Christchurch Hospital so that ninety-year old patients don't have to travel for a ten-minute consultation to Poole Hospital. Our nearest “walk-in” centres are at Lymington Hospital (according to the 2011 census, the Lymington urban area had a population of 15,407) and Wimborne Hospital (the 2011 census for Wimborne was 7,014.).

Christchurch with a population of 50,000 doesn’t have any of these facilities and they are urgently needed. Planning for 875 new homes at Roeshot Hill, up the A35 near Sainsbury’s, have just been submitted which could mean an extra 2,000 to 3,000 residents. There is a limited service at Boscombe at weekends 8am to 8pm which is an NHS Commissioned service for Cold & Flu, Sore Throats, Asthma, Fever & Headaches, Nausea & Sickness (information taken from their website) - nothing for minor fractures such as the service at Lymington or Wimborne. These walk-in services would also take some of the load off the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

You do not need to be in a “high-tech” A+E for a broken finger.




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