A hint that Weymouth may get a new ferry service to the Channel Islands. We talk to a Weymouth councillor who is leading initial investigations • When a dog is lost, is there an organisation which the owner can turn to for help. The answer is Yes! • Ruth Hayes brings us more gardening tips and retired vet Malcolm Welshman reads an extract from his new book • We wander down Memory Lane with Red Star Parcels…
Staff at Dorset County Hospital want to express their heartfelt thanks to the community after being overwhelmed by donations and messages of support and kindness during the coronavirus pandemic.
Since the country entered lockdown, communities have rallied together to show their appreciation for the NHS and to help support staff through what may be the most challenging time of their career.
The Trust has received hundreds of donations and staff would like to take the opportunity to express their gratitude. Every single donation has made a huge difference. (more…)
Antibody testing for healthcare staff in Dorset has begun to see if they have had the virus that causes COVID-19.
The specialist laboratory at Poole Hospital is providing the antibody tests – which are used to detect antibodies to the COVID-19 virus to see if you have previously had the virus. The testing of healthcare staff is taking place as part of the government’s national antibody testing programme.
The antibody tests are currently being prioritised for NHS staff. As testing laboratory capacity increases, the testing is set to be rolled out more widely.
The test works by taking a blood sample and testing for the presence of antibodies. There is no strong evidence yet to suggest that those who have been proven to have had the virus and to have produced antibodies are immune. If you receive a positive antibody result (more…)
A new state-of-the-art CT scanner has been installed at Dorset County Hospital and is the first of its kind across the whole of the south.
The scanner is the latest technology available and will greatly improve patient experience as it has the ability to perform scanning in a way that was not previously possible.
Wrist and elbow scans can now be performed with the patient sitting in a chair, rather than lying in an awkward position; imaging can be performed in 4D; cardiac scans can be acquired in a single heartbeat and not only the location but the type of kidney stones a patient has can now be determined, allowing more targeted treatments.
The scanner can also produce a ‘heat map’ of where the contrast is going in a patient’s body and will give radiologists greater certainty as to where a clot may be. (more…)
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