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the former radio station for Dorset County Hospital
KeeP 106 logo The community radio station from Dorchester has been up and running for some months now and listeners in Dorset County Hospital are able to listen via the Internet on their personal devices such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop with headphones/ear buds etc, or, of course, an FM radio on 106.3. 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

Latest News

  • The Magazine ‘visits’ New Delhi, Beijing and Sao Paulo, three of the world’s most populated cities and samples the atmosphere courtesy of five pods in which the atmospheric conditions were replicated. They were installed in Portland and all were invited to take the ‘poisonous’ air
  • The first 100 days of the new unitary authority which merged five Dorset councils into one in April. How has Weymouth fared since the change? The Town Clerk speaks
  • General Lord Dannatt tells RM how he created the charity Help for Heroes. It all started in his flat
  • A survey indicates how men are forced to use up less space in the house as women take over the drawers and wardrobes and then demand a clean-up and clear out. True or False?
  • Roses can be tricky to grow. Our gardening expert offers some advice

Local residents are being invited to hear more about Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s plans to develop the hospital site during a drop-in event.

The Trust is hoping to expand its Emergency Department (ED) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as well as establish an Integrated Care Hub as part of a long-term project to deliver the recommendations of Dorset’s Clinical Services Review.

In order to free up space on the hospital site for the development of clinical facilities, the Trust is proposing to build a multi-storey car park to improve parking for patients, visitors and staff. The Trust is also working in partnership to develop the land it owns on the site of the former Damers School and the current Trust Headquarters to raise income to (more…)

This weekend, DCH will be hosting its first Summer Spectacular! It will be held on the former Damers School field next to the hospital on Saturday 6 July from 2pm until 5pm.

It will be a traditional fete with stalls and games, as well as a performance arena and a grand raffle – fun for all the family!

As a result of the success of the Cancer Appeal​, the Trust now plans to upgrade the hospital’s existing Chemotherapy Unit in line with the quality of outpatient and radiotherapy services now available in the Robert White Centre.

The Summer Spectacular will therefore be raising funds for the Chemotherapy Appeal as well as other good causes!​

The top prize for our raffle is a Duchee Hamper! Other prizes include tickets for Swanage Steam Railway, Falmer Palmers, Cineworld Weymouth, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and Weymouth Bay Rib Charter!

There are some amazing prizes from local businesses for their Grand Raffle, including tickets to top attractions and restaurant vouchers. Tickets are £1 and available now from the hospital’s main reception, the chief executive’s office at Trust HQ or by calling Lee Armstrong on 01305 253437.

They have finalised their performances for the day which are as follows: (more…)

  • Blood Bikes save lives. Who are the Yeovil Freewheelers to whom Simon Gudgeon of the Sculpture By The Lakes near Dorchester has donated a £15,000 motorcycle? More info at yfwbloodbikes.org
  • Two initiatives from Weymouth’s Business Investment District. One is about responsible crabbing and the other will promote Weymouth and Portland’s many heritage sites
  • We meet a housekeeper (male) who is all at sea as he looks after the needs of 3,800 passengers and crew
  • While D-Day is in the news, John visits Norway to learn about an unsuccessful (but gallant) naval landing in 1940 which failed to thwart the Nazi forces and their occupation of the country
  • Can it be true? Were all US forces dead repatriated to their homeland? Perhaps not so, as historian Roger Guttridge reveals
  • Another instalment of Pet Patter from retired vet and author Malcolm Welshman entitled ‘Madam Mountjoy’

It was an evening of glam and glitter as Dorset County Hospital staff and volunteers were recognised for their hard work and dedication at the 2019 GEM and Long Service Awards. The awards are presented annually to recognise the people who have excelled in the Trust values – Going the Extra Mile – and to those who have achieved 25 years of NHS service.

Colleagues, patients and relatives were asked to nominate hospital staff and volunteers for a number of awards (more…)

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