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Relocating to Dorset

Webbyj
Webbyj

Hi all,

Here’s to a better 2020 for us all!

I am considering relocating to Dorset and my husband is worried about my ongoing treatment for MPA (currently on remission not on any meds) and also following my heart attack in November 2019. (Now back on a variety of meds)!

Does anyone know where in Dorset there is a good hospital which can cater for my needs?

This will help us to decide which area to move to! Ideally not too far from the sea!

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INot an easy question to answer as we all have different experiences. I am searching for diagnosis two years on to symptoms and ongoing, living in London before I’d say healthcare better there but that’s not to say you wouldn’t find the right support here.thats only my experience and others will have differing opinions. Experiences are different for everyone and specialists work in different areas all the time so your best bet might be to ask a medic you see now but there really is no simple answer , it’s part luck of the draw and you are afforded healthcare wherever you are it’s just how you experience and interpret it .

Does anyone know? I think only you would be able to judge for yourself. Good and bad anywhere and everywhere, one person may recommend ,another not but good luck if you do move , any hospital should cater for your needs .👍

Nowhere in Dorset is far from the sea 😂👍

Webbyj
Webbyj
in reply to stiff19

Thank you for replying. It’s more a case of knowing what’s hospitals cater for Vasculitis so I can concentrate on looking in that area. Whereabouts are you based?

stiff19
stiff19
in reply to Webbyj

Southampton and Poole are the bigger of hospitals. Dorchester is where I am but there are other hospitals. A lot of people do travel to specialist if need be out of area 👍 and I have travelled to Poole/Bournemouth and southampton myself as they are the biggies that the smaller hospitals seem to refer you too and with closures of local services as is happening everywhere I believe.

I can't help with info about the Dorset hospitals but I would say go to the east rather than the west which is very poorly served with major hospitals and an emergency would entail a journey along very busy roads at any time and during the holiday season even blue lights means it can be an hour to A&E.

A friend of mine attends Portsmouth for cardiac problems and says they are amazing. However - she still is in contact with her previous rheumatologist from when she lived in Basingstoke but I don't know if that is a reflection of the local rheumatology services.

Webbyj
Webbyj
in reply to PMRpro

That’s a good point! From my research it does appear as though the only hospital with a nephrology unit is Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester !

PMRpro
PMRpro
in reply to Webbyj

My daughter is a paramedic and lives in Whitby in a flat we rent to her. It would be a delightful retirement or holiday flat - she has forbidden us to even think of using it!! It is 45 mins on blue lights across the moors on a good day to either hospital - not ideal for a patient having a stroke or MI. And let's face it: you do have to think of these things when you have a chronic illness or are getting older. Having driven from west to east Dorset via Dorchester it is a long drive to visit more than once in a while even in the depths of non-holiday season!

stiff19
stiff19
in reply to Webbyj

Even in holiday season and very busy have not had delays getting to hospital , again personal experience, even with suspected ha, I guess london is like here holiday season day to day. Husband had emergency last year holiday season but blue lights got through 👍🙏

I’m cared for by a brilliant team of Rheumatologists at the Bath Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD). Nothing too much trouble

I should think moving to Dorset will make you feel better straight away. A beautiful county. I wish I could move there. We holiday there every year. Wishing you best wishes for 2020

Webbyj
Webbyj
in reply to lou1972

That’s the plan! 😁

If you moved to West Dorset or East Devon you could attend the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital where there are two Vasculitis specialists.

Webbyj
Webbyj
in reply to tmg20

Oh great that’s very useful info thank you. I will look into it.

I think there is a Vasculitis support group in Portsmouth...perhaps you could contact them via the Vasculitis UK website?

Webbyj
Webbyj
in reply to Pollie

I’ll look into it thank you

Portsmouth's Queen Elizabeth Hospital is the Wessex regional centre for Vasculitis. I am being treated there and I can't praise it highly enough. I've been treated by consultants from several different specialities and they seem to communicate very effectively with one another.

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