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Charity (no. 268218)

Macmillan Caring Locally

"To provide specialist palliative care at our hospice and in the community in Dorset and Hampshire."

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

The Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital is a Specialist Palliative Care Unit for patients in South East Dorset and South West Hampshire. The charity, Macmillan Caring Locally, works in partnership with the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to provide the services at the Macmillan Unit and in our community. The unit is supported and funded by Macmillan Caring Locally providing an exceptional standard of care and a homely environment for patients, their families and visitors. The charity also provides nursing and medical equipment to improve patient treatment and comfort.

Attached to Christchurch Hospital, our specialist palliative care unit provides patients and their families with a retreat and a place where they can get the support and care that is so vital when suffering with a life limiting illness. The Macmillan Unit has an inpatient ward caring for 16 patients, a team of 12 palliative care sisters who visit up to 400 patients in the community, a family support team, a physiotherapy department, a day centre accommodating 15 people, a chapel and a hospital support team who see patients in the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and in their homes.

Referrals to the palliative care unit at Macmillan Caring Locally have continued to rise year on year and have more than doubled in the last ten years – there were 750 referrals to our service in 2010 and 1510 referrals in 2019.

At Macmillan Caring Locally, we believe caring for our patients and providing them with a place where they feel supported, relaxed and respected is paramount.  The staff and volunteers who run the unit are dedicated, incredible people who give so much for our patients and this is reflected in the feedback received by the unit.

"Yours is a wonderful job – very demanding and often sad, but very necessary and hugely appreciated. Your dedication is humbling and your professionalism is impeccable."

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What We Do

Patients with life-limiting illnesses who are referred by their GP have access to our services.

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Please contact us if you wish to volunteer for Macmillan Caring Locally - there are various roles in the Unit and the community. 

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