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    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…)

    This annual service, held on 6th June 2018 outside The Keep, was recorded by Ridgeway Radio. The service was led by the Very Reverend Alan Woods with contributions from The Mayor, Cllr David Taylor, Les Cuff from the Royal British Legion and George Osborne from the Royal Naval Association. Musical accompaniment by the Durnovaria Silver Band directed by Liz Carter who also played the Last Post and Reveille. Peter Foster sets the scene for Ridgeway Radio. Listen to the recording here

    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

    Nursing staff gather in Dorset County Hospital’s Education Centre to celebrate Nurses’ Day.

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    Dorset County Hospital is in the top 15 trusts in the country according to the results of the latest national inpatient survey.

    The results have been published as nursing staff gear up to celebrate International Nurses’ Day on 12 May 2018, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

    The annual survey asks inpatients about all aspects of their stay in hospital, from admission to leaving.

    DCH scored significantly better than the national average in 15 areas, with positive feedback about nursing staff particularly strong. Three out of the five questions about nursing scored significantly better than the national average.

    DCH nurses were praised for giving clear answers to questions, inspiring confidence and trust, and not talking in front of patients as if they weren’t there.

    There were also high scores for the cleanliness of wards, hospital food and patients being treated with dignity and respect.

    DCH’s Director of Nursing and Quality Nicky Lucey said: “We are really pleased with the survey results, which reflect the amazing care our nursing teams and staff throughout the hospital provide every day.

    “As always, we never get complacent and we will be looking at any areas for improvement highlighted by the survey results and taking swift action.

    “Nurses’ Day is a great opportunity to take some time to reflect on what it means to be a nurse today and how it has changed as a profession over the years. Our nursing staff work incredibly hard in a challenging environment and I’m immensely proud of what they achieve in order to provide the very best service possible to our patients.”

    Community Radio News

    OFCOM allocate our frequency

    As some of you will already know OFCOM have allocated 106.3 Mhz FM as our frequency. This is a good allocation as the only stations using this frequency in the south of the UK are a station in Bridgend in South Wales and according to OFCOM a station in the Exeter area but I was unable to find this stations listed. Neither of these station will affect reception in the local area. (more…)

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    We are planning that the new community radio station, KeeP 106, will start broadcasting in June or before but, naturally, it all costs money and already some local grants have contributed generously to the cause. But we have to raise even more so we are planning a huge sale of music….and by that we mean old vinyl records, CDs, music DVDs and cassettes. We have not yet set a date for the sale (watch this space) but we are collecting music now. If you can help with donations of your unwanted LPs, CDs and cassettes please contact Ridgeway Community Radio secretary, Rob Mott, on 07900 027917 or at the Little Keep Studios on 01305 267545 or use this form.

    Ridgeway Community Radio

    Newsletter No 3 and Membership Form

    December 2017

    Ofcom logoOFCOM  awards Ridgeway CIC an FM licence

    As most of you will know by now OFCOM contacted us to inform us that we have been awarded the Community radio  FM licence for 5 years for Dorchester and surrounding area. (more…)

    In the news is this report by Trevor Bevins in the View from Dorchester, Wednesday 22nd November 2017, reporting the new community radio station.

    Ridgeway Community Radio has today (8th Nov 2017) been awarded a radio licence to broadcast to Dorchester and surrounds on FM and online. The licence regulator OFCOM congratulated the group on their success.

    The new radio station will broadcast from the historic Little Keep in Dorchester, (more…)

    Ridgeway Community Radio C.I.C.

    The community radio station for Dorchester and the surrounding area

    by Rob Mott, Ridgeway Radio CIC Company Secretary.

    The Little Keep Studio Complex

    On Tuesday the 24th of October we took possession of our proposed studio complex (more…)

    An application has been sent to OFCOM for a Community Radio Licence for the Dorchester Area broadcasting on FM and the Internet. We would like to hear from potential sponsors or anyone who would like to be involved with this project. If you are interested please get in touch by using this contact form. (more…)

    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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