Following new guidance, issued by Public Health England (PHE) a few days ago, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is now fully prepared and available to treat and convey patients by air, including those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 illness.
Previous guidance specifically excluded the carriage of known or suspected COVID-19 patients in air ambulances across England. However, over the last few weeks, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has been working intensively with Public Health England, Specialist Aviation Services (and through them, the Civil Aviation Authority) and the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust on developing new guidance in relation to all air ambulances being able to convey suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients. (more…)
A new Wi-Fi network at Dorset County Hospital will enhance the experience of patients, allowing them to stay better connected to loved ones during their stay.
The Trust is partnering with WiFi SPARK to launch a free NHS network for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy a faster and more reliable online connection.
The network will allow patients and visitors to browse online, use email and check in with social media.
An additional chargeable premium service will also be available to allow for online gaming and streaming. (more…)
This edition was broadcast near the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May 2020. Whilst Europe celebrated victory the Channel Islands had to wait two more days. We explain why • Lassie the Wonder Dog and film star is 80 years old. There was another famous Lassie closer to home – in Lyme Regis – and David Tucker tells the story • Our gardening expert Ruth Hayes talks at length about lawns and their care • Historian Jane Tapley tells us about the history of knives, forks and spoons • We begin a new series about the origin of musical instruments with the drums • From the archives Kate Adie talks about her book about women and war.
A coronavirus patient is on the road to recovery after spending a week in intensive care at Dorset County Hospital.
Malcolm Cumber, 60, from Dorchester, was admitted to DCH via the Emergency Department at the end of March after suffering from intense fatigue and shortness of breath.
After not responding to initial treatment, Malcolm was transferred to intensive care and had to be put on a ventilator.
Malcolm said: “I had been feeling absolutely rotten, (more…)
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