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Dorchester Health Village Opens


11th November 2021

There is an exciting new NHS volunteering opportunity starting from Monday at South Walks House (next to Dorchester Library). It is being temporarily transformed into a Health Village, an Outpatient Assessment Centre, primarily for orthopaedic patients.

It is envisaged that the Health Village will run for the next six months and it’s purpose is to clear the backlog of outpatient orthopaedic appointments caused by the pandemic and will benefit hundreds of patients from across the County. Patients will be invited to attend orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and physiotherapy appointments at the Centre, taking pressure off Dorset County Hospital. They will also be able to access a wealth of health and wellbeing information and advice while they are there.

The clinic will run from a Monday to Friday 9am til 5pm and will cater for around 300 appointments per day. In order to manage this, we need a team of volunteers to greet patients on arrival and direct them efficiently and safely through the Clinic’s one-way system. Most patients will attend for between 15-30 mins.

Shifts will only be a couple of hours, allowing a bit extra time for inductions, handovers etc. Volunteer roles are all indoors; refreshments will be available in a dedicated staff canteen area.

To help with this opportunity, please register as a volunteer on Volunteer Centre Dorset's platform. After your registration has been approved, you will be able to search for and apply for opportunities. Once approved for an opportunity, there is an online booking system where you can apply for any shifts you are able to help with.

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Volunteer Centre Dorset are thankful for the support from:

Dorset County Council
National Lottery Fund