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    In July 2018 the NHS celebrated its 70th anniversary and a special party was held at Dorset County Hospital to celebrate the occasion. Peter Foster went along and spoke to some of those attending the party and you can hear the interviews here

    • The business side of the Sea Food Festival; worth millions to Weymouth, says its chairman
    • We pay our final visit to Croatia and find out what’s for dinner
    • Our feature “Pet Patter“ with vet Malcolm Welshman who has succumbed to “Obsessive Dog Disorder”
    • The “doggy bus” from Spain and how Ralf the spaniel, sentenced to death at the Malaga dog pound, found a new home with John’s daughter
    • When a “water resistant” watch gets a dunking in the sea; advice on how to dry it out that might just save it from rusting

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    Ridgeway Magazine 25th July 2018

    The annual Armed Forces Day Celebrations were held in the Dorchester Borough Gardens on Saturday 7th July 2018. Listen to our recording of the live broadcast featuring the Civic Service and musical entertainment. Commentary by Jim Davis. Listen to the recording here

    K designAfter an overwhelmingly high response to our organ donation artwork brief by over 100 artists, we are delighted to have awarded the commission to Andy Kirkby, a Dorchester -based sculptor whose portfolio includes many exciting sculpture trails and projects across Dorset and beyond.

    Arts in Hospital has been working closely with The Organ Donation Team to rejuvenate a courtyard with a striking new artwork that celebrates the gift of organ donation and sparks significant conversations about subject. Andy has come up with a sensitive but impressive design using a venerable Dorset oak tree and a Japanese tradition of the loving repair of broken ceramics. (more…)

    PHOTO: Orthopaedic surgeon Tim Crook, third from left, with the DCH GRIP 2 clinical trial team

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    Dorset County Hospital has been chosen as one of just four hospitals in the UK to take part in the trial of an innovative new surgical procedure for patients with osteoarthritis of the thumb joint.

    DCH places a strong emphasis on getting involved in research opportunities for the benefit of patients.

    The GRIP 2 clinical study will evaluate the effectiveness of a synthetic cartilage implant for the treatment of thumb joint osteoarthritis pain.

    Thumb arthritis is the second most common form of osteoarthritis affecting the upper limb. Also called basal joint arthritis, thumb arthritis occurs when the cushioning cartilage wears away from the adjoining ends of the bones that form the first joint.

    The traditional surgical procedure involves taking out a bone from the joint. The new procedure involves inserting an implant to resurface the joint instead. The Cartiva implant is a hydrated polymer that is designed to mimic the properties of natural cartilage.

    DCH consultant orthopaedic surgeon Tim Crook, who will be performing the groundbreaking procedure, said: “This trial offers patients with pain at the base of their thumb the option of a more conservative and anatomical operation. This innovative new procedure preserves bone and maintains strength in the thumb.

    “It is hoped that the natural joint structure can be restored in order to relieve pain and provide normal function and a faster return to normal activity.”

    Suitable patients are now being sought to take part in the trial. Anyone interested in finding out more should contact the DCH Research and Innovation Team on 01305 253356. You can also find out more at www.gripstudy.com

    Community Radio News

    KeeP 106 logoThe new community radio station from Dorchester is now up and running and eventually Ridgeway Radio will be relaying some of it’s programmes to our listeners in Dorset County Hospital.


    You can listen to KeeP 106 either by tuning in to 106.3 FM or by logging on to keep106.com and click ‘Listen LIVE online’.

    If you would like to be involved with KeeP 106 there are many ways to do so. We need volunteers including presenters, technicians, production assistants, fundraisers and local event reporters.

    For more information about KeeP 106 follow these links:

    If you are interested in sponsoring the new community radio station for Dorchester, or would like to be involved with the station in some way, please use this contact form

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    For up to date visitor information go to the Dorset County Hospital website. Click the logo…