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CSR drop-in event this Friday

The public consultation on the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group’s Clinical Services Review (CSR) is coming to a close, and health officials - including Poole Hospital's A&E clinical director - are encouraging Dorset residents to take part by 28 February.

The CSR proposals include the development of more integrated community services outside the hospital setting, that will provide more care closer to home, and reduce the number of patients that have to come to hospital. The proposals also include significant changes for the acute hospitals in Dorset, with stronger networking between the three hospital sites, and the development of a major planned hospital and a major emergency hospital in the east of the county.

Under the current proposals, the Poole Hospital Accident & Emergency Department will be replaced by an Urgent Care Centre, staffed by GPs and nurses.  In future, no “blue-light” ambulances will go to Poole Hospital, and there will no longer be any emergency inpatient services based on the Poole site. Maternity and paediatric services would be moved from Poole to Bournemouth, along with other emergency specialties such as trauma orthopaedics and cardiology.

Instead, Poole Hospital would be established as the major planned care hospital for the east, providing outpatient services, diagnostic services, ambulatory care and routine elective procedures.  The site would also be developed as a “Community Hub with beds”, providing a range of community services to meet the needs of the local population.

Commenting on the proposals, Dr Gary Cumberbatch, clinical director for emergency services at Poole Hospital, said:

“There are many challenges that lie ahead for the healthcare sector in Dorset and the NHS needs to make financial savings as it cannot afford to continue as it does at the moment. In order to do this, the CSR proposes to have one single emergency hospital in East Dorset which the CCG has recommended should be at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, with a planned care hospital at Poole.

“As clinicians we have concerns that many of the general public are still to respond. It’s vitally important the public understands the significant effects on hospital services the outcome of this review will have and, with the public consultation period ending in  a few weeks, we urge the public to look closely at the detail of the proposed changes and to make their views known.”

Poole Hospital is working closely with the CCG to publicise the CSR and encourage feedback from the public. A joint event for the public is planned at the hospital on Friday 10th February between 10am and 2pm. This event is in addition to a series of public events organised by the CCG over the consultation period.

Information about additional CSR public events and the online consultation document can be found on

The consultation ends on 28 February 2017 after which all views will be considered before final proposals are considered later in the year.


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