Christchurch Hospital, Dorset

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Christchurch Hospital
The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
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Location Christchurch, Dorset, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Specialized - rehabilitation
Emergency department No Accident & Emergency
Beds 218
Founded 1948
Lists Hospitals in the United Kingdom

Christchurch Hospital is part of the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


The hospital is located in Fairmile in Christchurch, Dorset, England. It is served by bus routes operated by Wilts & Dorset, Transdev Yellow Buses and Shamrock Buses.


The buildings began their life as the Christchurch Workhouse, built in 1881. The same buildings were used as a military hospital during both World War I and World War II - several wards were added during this time.

Christchurch Hospital was first opened as a public hospital in 1948 following the abolishment of the Poor Law and the creation of the NHS.

Following the opening of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in 1992, acute services were moved there. The hospital was rationalised and older buildings were sold for development - a large proportion of the site was turned into housing in 1995.[1]

It developed as a centre for rehabilitation. There has been a complete refurbishment programme and new building work for that purpose. The Secretary of State for Health, Alan Milburn, awarded the trust’s stroke service Beacon status in 2000.

The Hospital Trust gained Foundation status on 1 April 2005 following three consecutive years of being rated as a three star performing trust.[2]


An all-age rehabilitation service is available, though most patients are elderly. To support rehabilitation there are physiotherapy and occupational therapy facilities. There are 218 beds and a 45-place day hospital. Other units include beds for the young disabled, dermatology resource unit, rheumatology, and Macmillan unit (palliative care).[3]

See also


  1. Newman, Sue (2009). Images of Christchurch. The Mill, Brimscombe Port, Stroud, Glos.: Tempus Publishing Limited. p. 61. ISBN 0-7524-1050-4. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "The Christchurch Hospital". The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Trust. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Hospital guide: Christchurch Hospital". Dr Foster. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Lindner, Reinhard (1998). From a Workhouse with Infirmary to an NHS Hospital: Historical Study of the First 10 Years of Christchurch Hospital as an NHS Hospital. ISBN 0-9531830-0-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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