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Bournemouth Hospital's new building plans

The proposed design for the Jigsaw building Credit: Stride Treglown

Architects and medical staff gave a virtual tour of the new Jigsaw Building to share their plans for improved facilities at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

The proposed 2000m squared Jigsaw Building will be based at Royal Bournemouth Hospital between the Eye Unit and the Derwent Suite for Orthopaedics.

Split over two floors, the building will be a centre of excellence for oncology, haematology, gynaecology, breast care and early pregnancy.

Subject to planning approval, initial work could start in October with a potential completion date of late 2014.

Rachel Hall, RBH Haematology Consultant, said: "Our patients have had a lot of discussion on ideas for the new chemotherapy bay and with their feedback, it will be a much more comfortable, private, spacious place to be."

Paramedics on the front line

Video: More than a million ambulances are called out to emergencies in the South EVERY year. Our paramedics are on the front line - dealing with sick and injured patients and, at times, putting themselves at risk.

In the second of our reports - as part of the 65th anniversary of the NHS - Tom Savvides spent a night with an ambulance crew to see how challenging the job can be. His report contains flashing images


NHS staff saving lives for 65 years

Click video. It was set-up in 1948 - its mission to provide free healthcare for everyone, rich or poor. And now the National Health Service is celebrating its 65th anniversary.

We've been given access to frontline NHS staff to see the life-saving work they do. In the first of a series of reports, Tom Savvides spent a day in a busy Accident and Emergency Department.

Salisbury hospital win ArtCare award

Rebecca Seymour from Salisbury Hospital with a patient on the project Credit: Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Salisbury District Hospital has won an award for its creative work with older hospital patients.

The hospital was commended at the Arts and Health South West Awards for its 'Young at Heart' project for providing stimulating activities for elderly patients.

Peter Ursem, Head of Artcare said: "These awards were created to celebrate inspirational arts and creative projects that improve the health and wellbeing of people within their wider community.

"Young at Heart enables patients to take part in story telling, singing and craft, which can keep their minds active,lift their mood and provide an enjoyable distraction from hospital life."

Life-saving equipment donated

A defibrillator has been donated by the South East Coast Ambulance Service to the island of St Helena.

The donated defibrillator is the only readily available unit on the island outside of the hospital.

The life-saving equipment can be used to restart someone's heart if they suffer a cardiac arrest.

A defibrillator that was donated to St Helena Credit: SECAmb

The defibrillator transfer was made possible by Kent Police Safety Trainer Sharon Graham and Resuscitation Officer Mike Dadd.

Following South East Coast Ambulance Service's help, the police and prison service plan to set up a defibrillator training programme and hope to spread it across the island.

SECAmb Chief Executive Paul Sutton said: “We are passionate about increasing the access to defibrillators across our region, as they are such a vital and valuable tool in treating cardiac arrest.

I am delighted that this passion has now been extended across so many miles to benefit the residents of St Helena.”

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