The Campaign

Thanks for visiting our website and reading about our campaign. Our vital children's health services in Dorchester are at risk due to a major overhaul of Dorset's healthcare services. Our maternity ward, Kingfisher children's ward and SCBU (Specialist Care Baby Unit) at Dorset County Hospital are at threat of major proposals to move these services over to East Dorset - the Bournemouth or Poole area.

This means that children in the West Dorset area including Dorchester will have to travel at least 45 minutes (at quiet times) to the new proposed site. For patients suffering seizures or requiring urgent medical attention this adds a huge amount of extra risk and stress for both the parents and children. The Kingfisher Ward provides around the clock care for children with short and long term illnesses. SCBU look after premature babies and those born with complications. The maternity ward cares for new and expectant mothers with their newborn children. As residents of West Dorset we deserve to keep these services where they are - and where they have been for many years.

We are a group of everyday people who either use these vital services ourselves, use the services frequently through our children who are bravely battling illness, or through our friends and family who are going through these circumstances. Our campaign started in early 2015 and we will continue to protest against The Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group's proposals until our voices are heard.





Support

We have been fortunate to receive a huge amount of support from many people - including local residents, people across Dorset and many from across the UK who are fed up with NHS cuts and talk of austerity affecting our vital services. We cannot afford to lose these and we rely on the support of our expanding circle of friends who are joining us to fight these proposals. Please join us on our mission.

You can see how many people are currently supporting us on Facebook below. Why not click "Like" and join us?






Below are a list of figures whom have supported our campaign from well known famous personalities to esteemed medical practitioners, we are grateful for their time and voice.

(Left to Right)
- Billy Bragg, Musician. Councillor Ros Kayes, Doctor Jon Orrell, Councillor Paul Kimber


"Having a seriously ill child in the middle of the night is one of the most frightening experiences a parent can have. Knowing that the Kingfisher Ward is here and available locally - that's why so many people are out here marching today." - Billy Bragg




Help Support Our Campaign
Amazingly, there are FIVE ways that you can help support our campaign. Here they are -


(1) Facebook - join us on social media and keep up to date with the latest protests, marches and news. You can see our Facebook page by clicking here.

(2) Walk with Us - we are always arranging marches and events, if you're in the area why not join the hundreds of others that walk with us?

(3) Sign our Petition - it only takes a minute to pop an email address on our petition to save our services. Click here to sign our online petition.

(4) Write to your local MP - bring our campaign to the attention those that can help make a difference. Get contact details for Dorset MPs by clicking here.

(5) Facebook header / cover graphic - download our FREE Facebook header/cover graphic below and set it on your page to show your support.




If you wish to download this image, simply right-click on it and select "Save Image As"
For help on how to set your Facebook header / cover photo, please click here
.





Press
Our campaign has featured in many different news outlets and online articles, you can find just a few of them below.



:: 19th September 2016 - Billy Bragg Joins March To Save Services At Dorset County

:: 18th September 2016 - Hundreds March In Support Of Children's Services at DCH

:: 18th September 2016 - VIDEO: Billy Bragg joins campaigners for march in support of hospital services


:: 17th September 2016 - Hundreds protest against possible cuts to 'lifeline' hospital services

:: 16th September 2016 - March To Save Childrens Services At Dorset County

:: 15th September 2016 - Campaigners organise walk for Dorset County Hospital this Saturday

:: 19th May 2016 - Major hospital changes in Dorset move forward

:: 12th April 2016 - Question mark over maternity and children's care in Dorset hospitals

:: 12th December 2015 - Hundreds march over threat to children's ward at Dorset County Hospital

:: 12th December 2015 - More Than 2,000 March Through Dorchester To Save Kingfisher!

:: 10th December 2015 - 'It will cost lives': Parents fear children's service could leave Dorchester hospital

:: 16th July 2015 - HANDS OFF OUR WARDS: Governors of school throw weight behind campaign

:: 13th July 2015 - Dorset County Hospital protest attracts hundreds

:: 11th June 2015 - Support grows for hospital campaign

:: 4th June 2015 - KEEP KINGFISHER AND SCBU: Campaigners to march against hospital proposals





Save Kingfisher, SCBU & Maternity Wards at DCH.
Copyright 2015 - Present. Website donated by Adapted Media

Disclaimer: We are not a charity, we don't ask for donations, we're simply a free movement of ordinary people who understand the necessity and desperate need to keep our vital children's health services at the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester. Please help support out cause by joining us on Facebook and by helping to make our voices heard to oppose these terrible proposals.