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Care Quality Commission - CQC

Weldmar is Outstanding

Care provided by Weldmar Hospicecare – which covers north, west and south Dorset – has been rated ‘outstanding’.

Care provided by Weldmar Hospicecare – which covers north, west and south Dorset – has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission praised the hospice’s work.

And staff at Weldmar said they were thrilled at the rating.

Caroline Hamblett, Chief Executive of Weldmar Hospicecare, said “The rating of ‘outstanding’ by the CQC is a fantastic result for Weldmar and, more importantly, a fantastic result for the people we care for. Patients are at the heart of all that Weldmar does, whether in our patients’ homes, in the community hospitals, within our Wellbeing Centres across Dorset or within Joseph Weld Hospice. We’re proud and privileged to provide end of life care to support Dorset. We receive very generous support in return. We could not provide our care without local people and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helps make Weldmar so special; our volunteers, all of our staff, fellow healthcare professionals and supporters”.

Weldmar Hospicecare cares for patients with cancer and other progressive conditions, such as motor neurone disease, who require specialist help. Patients in north, south and west Dorset have a seamless service, whether they require care and advice in the comfort of their own homes, at our Inpatient unit in Dorchester or in our Day services at Trimar House in Weymouth, the Inpatient Unit in Dorchester, Bridport Community Hospital, Blandford Community Hospital and Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury. All services are provided free of charge.

Stephen Baynard, Chairman of Weldmar Hospicecare’s Board of Trustees, said “I, and all of the Trustees of Weldmar, would like to congratulate all concerned for such an outstanding result. Our dedicated staff and team of tireless volunteers work together to provide exceptional care to the people of Dorset. I am proud to lead such an important organisation. Well done to you all, and thank you”.

In its report, the commission said that “people and families received outstanding care from exceptional staff and volunteers who developed positive, caring and compassionate relationships with them. The service promoted a culture that was caring and person centred. Staff worked together as a multidisciplinary team to provide seamless care for people.”

The report also quoted patients and relatives, who said:

The CQC report is under the registration name for Weldmar Hospicecare (Joseph Weld Hospice) as this is the organisation’s registered address, but the ‘outstanding’ rating is for all the services offered by Weldmar.


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