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Who’s Who in Health Directory

The highly successful Who’s Who in Health directory of health and care services for the  Sherborne area  has been updated for 2020 and is available throughout the town free of charge.

The 2020 edition lists almost one hundred and fifty local providers of advice and support from day activities to dental care, healthcare services to help in the home in Sherborne and local villages. It has grown from four-pages to sixteen pages to include a short description of each group or organisation and that they can offer.

Roger Marsh- Chair of The Grove PPG said.:

“ The primary purpose of the directory is to enable people to find the right support when they need it for themselves, family or neighbours.

“10,000 copies of the new directory are available free of charge from all Surgeries, dentists, library, town council offices and various shops around the town.

“ Built upon the success of last year’s edition we have developed a distribution network, not only in Sherborne, but in the local villages through both parish councils and community magazines”

Produced by  members of The Grove Medical Centre Patient Participation Group,  with funding by Sherborne Town Council and the committee of the Sherborne Summer Festival, who are delighted to be involved with this excellent and local community project.

Grove PPG Chair Roger Marsh concluded:

“Another important benefit of the directory is the contact with more than forty different health groups, who can offer free support at a ‘Spring Clean Your Health’ event run by the Sherborne Area Primary Care Network to be held in the Digby Hall, Sherborne on the 21st.April.

“In addition, and more recently a weekly community health hub has been set up in Sherborne Library on Thursdays that has resulted in the opportunity to personally hand out the directories at the same time as promoting health and wellbeing.”

Willows Wins National Award

Yeatman Willowsl ward wins national award for exemplary, holistic end of life care

The Willows ward, committed to providing care on a par with a hospice to all patients approaching the end of life and their relatives, has been named the first ever Gold Standard Framework Hospital Ward of the Year.

The dedication of the whole team at The Willows ward at Yeatman Community Hospital in Sherborne, to ensure patients and their families have the best possible experience, enhanced by sympathetically designed, state of the art new facilities, won over the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre judges.

Julie Armstrong-Wilson, GSF Chief Nurse, said: “All the hospital wards we have reaccredited are providing excellent end of life care. What marks out The Willows at Yeatman Community Hospital is the extraordinary lengths to which they have gone to create the very best possible environment, which really is above and beyond what is to be expected in a community hospital.

“Not only have they really grasped the ethos of GSF, but they have also dedicated significant resources, time and consideration to supporting families as well as their patients. Their holistic approach really is an example to all.”

As well as introducing a raft of changes to their systems and ways of working, Matron Anne Hiscock and her team have also been instrumental in transforming the ward’s physical environment, making it even more conducive to caring for people at the end of their life.

The ward already had one end of life care suite with its own bedroom, en-suite bathroom, kitchen, living area and designated garden. But the competition for this was high. Anne approached the hospital’s League of Friends and secured funding for a second suite with all the same comforts as well as some modern touches like sensory lighting and a music system.

She said: “I do feel very proud. It’s hard work but amazing to get this national seal of approval and recognition for the staff, as without them none of this would have been realised. Having a team who are passionate about their work and with a genuine regard and compassion for patients makes this all possible. I have been blessed with the best team in Dorset.

“I think it’s given us the confidence to do things differently and to sense check against what people would do in a hospice and provided us with a structure. Through GSF we have been able to put those in place and they are now the tools to allow us to do everything else we have implemented here.”

Shirley Richardson, Barbara Ludio, Anne Hiscock all of Yeatman Hospital and Dr Premila Fade of British Geriatrics Society

Sherborne Literary Festival

The Sherborne Literary Society hosts their annual Sherborne Literary Festival from October 23 -25.

They have very kindly donated 100 tickets for the hospital staff and the Friends of the Yeatman as a thank you for all the hard work they do in our community.

As Vice-Chairman Jill Warburton commented “This is a very generous offer and recognizes our wonderful Yeatman Hospital team.  Everyone from the medical and nursing staff, social workers and health visitors, Patient Hub team, ancillary staff and secretaries, porters, hotel services and kitchen staff all do such an amazing job!”

David Hayes and Jill Warburton inside Winstone’s

Yeatman Babies’ Party

The Friends of the Yeatman Hospital organised a party for those who were born at the Yeatman or who gave birth there.

More than 120 mothers and their babies, born at the Yeatman before 1986, met to celebrate and thank the Hospital Staff in Sherborne on Saturday evening, September 21, 2019.

125 birthday guests attended, aged from 91 to 36, who either gave birth or were born at the hospital including our current Sherborne Mayor, Cllr Jon Andrews.

Guests included 92 year old Jean Luffman, the oldest party-goer, who was a nurse at the Yeatman, together with her daughter who was born there.

Then there was Peggy Poole who celebrated her 80th birthday at the event. Mrs Poole came with her sister and her two daughters who were also born at the Yeatman. The youngest Yeatman baby present was Sacha Pascal who was born in 1986.

David Hayes, Chairman of the Friends of Yeatman, welcomed the guests and reported that the Friends were proud of the Hospital’s history, especially the clinical care that the doctors and nursing staff provided for successful births.

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We thank Waitrose and Oxford’s Bakery who provided the wines and birthday cakes for the evening’s celebration.

AGM 13 September

We warmly invite you to our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Friday, 13 September at 7:00pm in the Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road.

Share hospitality with us and find out about the progress we have made this year, new initiatives for 2020 and elect this year’s Officers and Trustees from the following nominations.

Nomination Received :

David Hayes                 Chairman

Jill Warburton              Vice-Chairman

John Thompson           Treasurer

Elizabeth Turnbull       Honorary Secretary

Celia Harvey                 Trustee for Friendship

Peter Neal                    Trustee

Mike Sandy                  Trustee

Tony Meehan              Trustee

St Peter’s Church, Chetnole

St Peter’s Church Chetnole has chosen the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital as their local charity.

St Peter’s Church, Chetnole

Our Chairman, David Hayes and our Admin Secretary, Linsley Withers, were welcomed warmly by the Reverend Richard Kirlew, and the congregation, on Sunday 4 August.

David gave an address in which he said that the Parishioners of St Peter’s are very much part of our Friends of the Yeatman Hospital community.

He also told them that ‘…we look forward to retaining a very close and positive mutual relationship with the good folk of Chetnole, and perhaps we may have an opportunity to return to your delightful Church, made all the more so by the company therein. ‘

Thank you for your support, St Peter’s!


Dorset HealthCare Rated ‘Outstanding’

Dear Colleague,

We are writing to tell you that today, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the national quality regulator for NHS organisations, has published their report of the recent inspection of our services. They have announced that Dorset HealthCare has achieved the highest possible overall rating of ‘outstanding’.

We are the first combined community and mental health Trust in the South of England to be rated ‘outstanding’ and only one of a small handful in England. The full inspection report can be found on their website at

Thank you for your work to make our services outstanding – we are proud to be a part of Dorset HealthCare and we hope that you are too.

Dorset HealthCare


Anne Hiscock, Matron

As a Dorset HealthCare member of Staff and Matron of the Yeatman Hospital I am so immensely proud that our services across the Organisation have been rated overall ‘outstanding’ by the CQC this week.

This achievement is down to the care compassion and commitment of all our staff in every role and at every level. It has been a challenging journey, but so well worth it.

The next challenge will undoubtedly be maintaining our status and standard of delivery, which is so very much at the heart of what we strive to do for our patients families and local communities.

To be finally recognised for the fantastic work that our teams do every day is extremely rewarding for us – it has given Staff a real boost and sense of collective achievement.

From the bottom of my heart to ‘Team Yeatman’ thank you and very well done – keep up the good work.

Anne Hiscock
Yeatman Hospital

Yeatman Babies

Were you born at the Yeatman?
Did you give birth at the Yeatman?


If you were born, or gave birth at the Yeatman Hospital, then the Friends of Yeatman Hospital want to invite you to a birthday party at the Digby Church Hall, Digby Road in Sherborne on the 21 September 2019, 7pm – 10:30pm.

Admission is free and by ticket only.

You can apply for free tickets in Sherborne at Winstone’s Bookshop, Cheap Street or The Sherborne Tourist Office in Digby Road.

All Yeatman birthday babies, mothers and fathers will be welcomed with a glass of fizz and nibbles. The band for the evening is “Word Gets Out”.

Invitations are open to all those who were born or gave birth at the hospital – irrespective of the date of birth.
Numbers are limited – so please get your application in quickly!

Waitrose is a Yeatman Community Partner

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The Grove Medical Centre

  • The Grove Medical Centre opens its doors to patients today
  • A new look and approach to providing patient healthcare in Sherborne.

As of July 1, 2019,  The Grove Medical Centre opened its doors for the first time and welcomed its first patients.

Previously the Newlands and Bute House surgeries, The Grove’s 60 staff of doctors, nurses, dispensary chemists, patient services and administration teams have completed the merger of both practices to deliver excellence and expanded clinical services to its 12,500 reregistered patients.

Dr Rob Childs, senior partner commented;

 “ Our primary focus and objectives remain unaltered, which are to provide the best clinical services to all of our patients. To achieve what is best for the patient, we have to adapt and use the best clinicians and communication skills in the practice.

 “The merger allows this new Sherborne practice to meet the ever-demanding challenges of today’s primary care within the NHS. The reality is many of the traditional practices and patient expectations built around the “personal connection” with “your GP” are things of the past.

“ The NHS of today, and of the future, is focused on how best can we improve patient care and who within the clinical practice is best suited to treat the patient. It is no longer about an historic and sometimes invisible relationship.

“At The Grove we are fortunate to have 8 highly qualified doctors, each with a wealth of experience and clinical interests. Similarly, our 2 Advanced Nurse Practitioners and 11 Practice Nurses, 7 dispensers and 15 Healthcare Assistants bring their own skills and disciplines to the practice. In fact, we wish to increase our staff members and a new GP, Dr Nick Berry, will be joining us in September.  We are also recruiting new staff for our patient services and administration teams. Ask at reception for information.

“We all recognise that a number of our patients may have worries regarding some of the changes we are introducing. This is natural and expected. However all of our patients can be sure we are committed to providing them with the best clinical care available.”

The Grove’s Managing Partner – Alex Kimber continued;

“One of the new services is the introduction of a fully trained Patient Services Team. These staff members will be the patient’s first point of contact in the practice. The role of this team is to gather information about the patient’s needs.  We can reassure patients they are not looking for or wanting the detail of the issue, just enough to enable them to guide to the most appropriate member of the team.”

Another new services to be introduced at The Grove Medical Centre is a new online patient service, eConsult is the first step in our approach to online consultation. This allows those patients who have a non-urgent need or query, the ability to find reliable advice and information about their issue or communicate directly with the clinical team online who will respond within 48 hours by email or telephone with advice or next steps. More information can be found on our website