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Golden sunshine for golden celebrations

Celebrations took place today (11 July) as staff throughout Poole Hospital celebrated 50 years since Her Majesty The Queen officially opened the new hospital, with further events planned to coincide with the hospital’s Annual Member’s Meeting in September.

Cakes bearing a replica of the cover of a commemorative brochure created half a century ago to mark the Royal occasion were given out to all wards and departments.

Elsewhere, the garden next to Durlston ward was officially re-opened by chief executive Debbie Fleming following the removal of a temporary walkway put in place while the hospital’s new main entrance was constructed. Debbie thanked the staff and volunteers working on Durlston and the adjacent Sandbanks ward, for all their patience during the building programme, and their hard work in tidying up the garden.

In the Dolphin restaurant courtyard, Debbie teamed up with chairman David Moss to plant a tree, kindly donated by Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown. A nearby plaque now marks the event and the significance of the new cercis tree, which fittingly has the common name “Cascading Hearts”.

In bright sunshine, a staff BBQ, with proceeds going to Poole Hospital Charity, proved to be a great success, with the day’s events concluding with a special golden edition of the hospital’s weekly bulletin issued to all staff.

Debbie said: “It’s a real honour to be able to mark the occasion and to thank all our staff, volunteers and supporters for all their commitment, and for the great care they provide, everyday, for our patients.

“It’s also a time to reflect on the contribution that the hospital has made over the past fifty years in providing excellent care for local people, and look forwards with optimism to the next 50 years and beyond.”Tree planting Dolphin Restaurant

Chief executive Debbie Fleming and chairman David Moss pose with staff and volunteers after the planting of the 'Cascading Hearts' tree

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