The Dorset Clinical Services Review (CSR) is a review of local health services carried out by the NHS in Dorset. It focuses mostly on hospitals (both acute and community hospitals) and community services. It does not include GP services or mental health services (although there may be changes to those services coming from other reviews).
In September 2017, it resulted in the decision to make some changes to services in the future, including:
- The Royal Bournemouth Hospital becoming a Major Emergency Hospital and having a new maternity unit.
- Poole Hospital becoming a Major Planned Care Hospital.
- 13 “Community Hubs” being created in locations around the county, where different teams of care professionals can work together and where people can receive care and be treated for some conditions for which they might before had had to go to hospital.
(Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester will continue to receive patients for both emergency and planned care.)
There have recently (October 2018) been some developments in the progress of the CSR, including a Judicial Review and the decision by Dorset County Council's Health Scrutiny Committee to refer the CSR to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
We've put together a short information sheet, which you can download below.