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Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS foundation Trust

Royal Bournemouth Hospital

This is a new hospital, which fully opened in 1992. Foundation status was achieved in April 2005. The bed complement includes 272 acute medical beds, of which 4 are on a gastrointestinal high care unit, 12 are on an Acute Stroke Unit (ASU), as well as 12 beds on CCU, 7 on ITU and 8 on HDU.

There is a 24 hour Accident and Emergency Department with 60,000 attendances annually, 16 operating theatres and a sub-regional Ophthalmic Unit with it's own Casualty. The hospital is built on two levels and is situated on a large "green field" site close to the main roads linking up with the New Forest, Southampton, Salisbury, Winchester, Christchurch and Poole.

A district wide strategic review has led to concentration of specialised services within particular provider units. The specialties at Bournemouth include regional cardiology, interventional radiology, advanced CT and MRI, vascular surgery, laparoscopic surgery, acute stroke medicine, endocrinology and metabolic medicine, haematology, ophthalmology, gynaecology, urology, elective orthopaedics, genitourinary/HIV medicine and histopathology.

The hospital is well equipped and has a new CT / MRI suite (4 scanners) 2 dedicated digital imaging labs for interventional radiology and state of the art PACs implementation. The new cardiology unit opened in April 2005 and currently has 4 catheter labs, 3 for angiography and PCI and 1 for Electrophysiology.

Christchurch Hospital

Two miles from the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Christchurch Hospital is set in attractive grounds, which are listed as a conservation area. There are 220 beds, including beds for general rehabilitation, a 28 bed Stroke Rehabilitation Unit, an Orthogeriatric Unit, and a small number of beds for continuing care and respite admissions. The Trust’s Stroke Service was awarded Beacon status in 2000 by the Secretary of State for Health. There is a 45 place Day Hospital.

An all-age rehabilitation service has been developed, though most patients are elderly. There is an excellent infrastructure to support rehabilitation with superb physiotherapy and occupational therapy facilities. Other units at Christchurch include beds for the young disabled, Dermatology, Rheumatology, and Macmillan Unit (palliative care). Christchurch Hospital has an excellent outpatient suite and several outpatient services are based at this hospital.

For a number of years our strategy has been steadily to develop Christchurch Hospital as a specialised rehabilitation centre and this process continues.