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Future of our hospitals

The Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) will become the major emergency hospital for east Dorset, with more consultants being available more of the time who specialise in urgent and emergency care.

This means consultant-led urgent and emergency care services will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will provide the most rapid access and high-quality treatment, which published evidence shows will save lives across Dorset every year. We will also deliver some specialist services for the whole of the Dorset population.

Poole will become a major planned hospital. In the future, Poole Hospital will provide rapid treatment of elective operations without the disruption or delay that can occur from high volumes of emergency cases. It will have an Urgent Care Centre which will provide for people who are less seriously ill. Urgent care will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This will see the majority of the type of cases that are seen there already.

What are the benefits?

Royal Bournemouth Hospital

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  • A brand new, state-of-the-art Emergency Department which will be three times bigger than the current one
  • Purpose built and designed maternity and children’s departments
  • Expansion in critical care beds, increasing from 12 to 30 beds
  • Improved transport access: multi storey car park near outpatients and the main entrance, more cycle routes and cycle sheds, better drop off zone for visitors, (plus new road junction from Wessex Way already approved and funded)

Poole Hospital

  • Modernised, larger operating theatres allowing rapid treatment of elective operations
  • Increased number of cutting edge planned operating theatres