About the trust


PH_007Poole Hospital is an acute general hospital with 621 beds. The hospital has a 24-hour major accident and emergency department and is the designated trauma unit for east Dorset, serving a population of more than 500,000 people.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides award-winning and highly regarded services to the population of Poole, Purbeck and east Dorset – around 280,000 people – as well as a range of additional services such as maternity and neonatal care, paediatrics, oral surgery and neurology to a wider population including Bournemouth and Christchurch.

In addition, the hospital’s flagship Dorset Cancer Centre provides medical and clinical oncology services for the whole of Dorset, serving a total population of more than 750,000.

Poole Hospital provides pioneering services across a range of clinical specialties. The hospital is a centre of excellence and training in keyhole surgery; our elderly care unit has received national acclaim for its pioneering model of multidisciplinary care, while our nurse-led medical investigations unit has been highlighted as a benchmark in nursing innovation.

Poole Hospital has a unique philosophy – The Poole Approach – which sets out to ensure that we provide friendly, professional, patient-centred care with dignity and respect for all at all times.

We employ more than 4,200 staff, and our annual income is around £210m.

Each year we provide care to around:

  • 47,000 inpatients
  • 29,000 day patients
  • 75,000 new outpatients
  • 130,000 follow-up outpatients
  • 61,000 emergency department patients
  • 4,500 babies in our maternity hospital, as well as 130 home births.

For more about Poole Hospital, please visit our website.