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Forest Holme Charity

Forest Holme HospiceTucked away in the centre of Poole, Forest Holme Hospice provides exceptional palliative and end of life care for over 1,000 people across Dorset each year.

Our specialist teams help to relieve the suffering of local people who are facing a life-limiting illness such as advanced cancer, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Heart Disease and Respiratory Illness.

We offer care and support for patients in a variety of settings such as their own home to ensure family life remains as normal as possible, in nursing and care homes, in hospital or in our homely hospice itself. Our aim is to support people through the most difficult time of their lives in any way we can. Importantly, we support more than just the patient; we offer services to help the whole family.

The charity is reliant on donations to ensure that we can continue to provide the best care possible for patients when they need us most. As one relative described “I hold Forest Holme so very dear to my heart, not just for taking care of the two most precious people in my life when they needed to feel cared for and safe, but because of the consistent, unconditional care they quietly provide to those who need it.”

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Poole Hospital Charity

Poole Hospital Charity

Whilst the NHS receives enormous public resources, there is always more we can do to support our patients and their families. Funds raised by Poole Hospital Charity help to pay for additional equipment, finishing touches and ‘extras’ that complement the high quality care we provide to all patients and their families. Money raised for us at Upton House Music Festival will be used to enhance our elderly people services.

Dignity in Dementia is a pioneering charity project to support Poole Hospital patients with dementia by making improvements to the physical environment in certain areas of the hospital.

Going into hospital can be a frightening and disorienting time for people with dementia. Research has shown that by making changes to the physical environment, it is possible to significantly reduce anxiety and distress. Improving a patient’s surroundings can also make a big difference to their speed of recovery, as well as helping their sleep patterns and encouraging appetite. The trust fund was initially used to support improvements to Lulworth Ward in the hospital. It was such a success that we would now like to extend it throughout the trust, to make a difference to more patients with dementia.

Previously, funds raised have also been used on innovative therapies and equipment such as digital reminiscence therapy: a touch-screen computer onto which photos, music, and much more can be loaded. It has been proven to improve mood, reduce the need for prescribed anti-psychotic drugs and open up communication between patient and care-givers.

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Project Q - Autumn Trust

#UHMF CharityProfessor Tas Qureshi, MBBS FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Gen Surg) is a consultant surgeon at Poole Hospital. Mr Qureshi is the lead for laparoscopic (keyhole) and robotic surgery at Poole Hospital. He is also a national and international trainer in these techniques.

Mr Qureshi’s dream was to bring robotic surgery to Poole and this dream became a reality when, in October 2015, Mr Robert Braithwaite CBE DL, Founder of Sunseeker International, and a patient of Mr Qureshi, donated £3.4m and purchased a state-of-the-art da Vinci XI Robotic System to the community and he funded it’s maintenance for three years.

What that gift has meant?

“Thanks to the donation of this machine by Robert Braithwaite, Professor Tas Qureshi was able to perform major surgery on my husband earlier this year with great success. Here's to more amazing work from the team and the da Vinci Robot and I personally thank you all. No words really can express our gratitude and appreciation, but anyone that is on the same journey you’re in some of the best hands...x" Zoe Clayton-moss

Mr Qureshi said “The robot comes with more sophisticated instrumentation, allowing better access to areas difficult to reach. Coupled with the high definition and three dimensional views, the result is much greater precision during cancer surgery compared with traditional laparoscopic procedures. Ultimately this should mean a reduction in the need for chemotherapy and radiotherapy as well as better long-term functional and quality of life outcomes.”

The Dorset Cancer Centre is based at Poole Hospital and is the major specialist cancer treatment centre for adults in the county. Mr Qureshi went on to say “As the designated Cancer Centre for Dorset, this development represents a natural extension of the treatments that Poole Hospital is able to offer to its patients, keeping Poole at the forefront of cutting edge technology. The latest National Cancer Patient Experience Survey put Poole Hospital in the top 20% of trusts in the country for the overall standard of care, for the third consecutive year.”

As a result of Mr Qureshi's work, Poole Hospital is now recognised as a European Centre of Excellence for Robotic Surgery. PROJECT Q and The Autumn Trust aim to support Robert Braithwaite's gift of the da Vinci Xi Robot into the future and to develop laparoscopic and robotic surgery locally nationally and internationally.

Building a better future...

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Robot Charity