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    On radio channel 1 of the Hospedia bedside unit in Dorset County Hospital and Online (see above). Now and upcoming…

    Start The Day With A Smile
    Ridgeway Radio’s Breakfast Show with Peter and Heather Foster.
    Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!
    a celebration of the County Town with Dorchester Town Crier Alistair Chisholm.
    Music Sweet and Easy
    Full programme schedule here

    Latest News

    A new fundraising initiative at Dorset County Hospital will allow for clearer and quicker procedures for patients with pleural diseases.

    The initiative is being driven by the Friends of DCH, who have pledged to raise £17,000 for a new ultrasound machine for the Respiratory Department.
    A main benefit of the machine will be allowing the respiratory team to diagnose patients suffering from pleural effusion more efficiently.

    Pleural effusion is a build-up of fluid between the lung and the chest wall and causes breathlessness and chest pain and can be found in conditions including cancer, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, heart or liver failure and kidney disease. (more…)

    • Scallop Wars – a West Country trawler skipper tells of his experiences of being threatened and attacked by French fishermen
    • “Cyril the Squirrel” gets his moment of fame, as told by vet Malcolm Welshman in this edition of ‘Pet Patter’
    • We visit Mad Hatter day in Bridport and talk to a lady “sheep hatter” who takes biodiversity to the extreme. And no, she’s not mad!
    • Where do all the phrases with the word hat in them come from? We explain, at the drop of a hat.
    • One man (and his tank) who collects buckets of money for Help For Heroes – a report
    • Dorset is famous for collections of historical military vehicles. We find an enthusiast who rebuilds WW2 Jeeps from the wheels up.

    Air Ambulance charities across the country are once again coming together to celebrate National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) which takes place between 10th – 16th September 2018.

    Operational every single day, air ambulances are funded by the generosity of the public and treat over 25,000 patients throughout the year. On average, an air ambulance is deployed every 10 minutes; bringing the hospital to the patient and treating the most critically ill or seriously injured in their time of need.

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance will be using National Air Ambulance Week to raise awareness of their life-saving work via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@DSAIRAMBULANCE). Many supporters are already holding events, dressing up, or going to school in mufti to raise funds and it is not too late to get involved.

    Tracy Bartram, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Communications Manager said: (more…)

    A hoard of knitted ducks invaded Dorset County Hospital this summer – and they had an important message.

    The Little Yellow Duck Project was taken on by the Renal Dialysis department at the hospital in efforts to raise awareness of organ donation, as well as keeping their patients upbeat and positive.

    Linda Woodsford, Deputy Sister at the Haemodialysis Unit, said: “Our patients are here three times a week. Dialysis takes a lot out of their personal and social lives so we organise all kinds of things here to keep them positive and motivated.

    “We asked our patients to knit the ducks and name them and then our staff would take and place them somewhere in the hospital ready for someone to find.” (more…)

    • Why are 30 Weymouth b&bs up for sale? Is the town over-bedded? Many small hotels are struggling despite the summer sun.
    • Weymouth Council leader says the town’s crown jewels  (that’s the properties and facilities it owns) will not be nabbed by the new Unitary Authority. Really?
    • There’s a stink brewing about the new Esplanade unisex superloo planned for 2020. It’s the gender issue.
    • We hear about a Dorset charity called Mosaic which helps children cope with bereavement of someone close.
      Contact details: Tel 01258 837071, web – www.mosaicfamilysupport.org, email – laura@mosaicfamilysupport.org
    • Six trillion discarded cigarette butts – dropping one could cost you up to £1,000 if you ignore a fixed penalty fine for littering.

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    Ridgeway Magazine 22nd August 2018

    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…