When the Poole A&E department will close in a major shake-up
The accident and emergency department at POOLE Hospital will close in 2026 – two years after the opening of its largest replacement facility at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Work is underway at the site off Castle Lane East on the BEACH Building (Births, Emergency Care, Et, Critical Care and Child Health).
The Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s existing emergency department (ED) is due to move into the new building in autumn 2024.
As a result, Poole Hospital A&E will close at the end of 2026, based on current schedules.
The BCP Council’s Adult Health and Social Care Monitoring and Control Committee has been told that the new emergency department at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital will be larger than the combined size of the existing departments at the two hospitals.
As part of the Clinical Services Review, Poole Hospital will become the main planned care hospital for East Dorset and the Royal Bournemouth Hospital will become the main urgent care hospital.
This will result in the closure of the accident and emergency department at the Longfleet Road site. It will instead have a new emergency treatment center and 14 theaters to help reduce wait times and prevent canceled surgeries for patients requiring planned care.
At the March 7 committee meeting, Liberal Democrat Councilor and Canford Heath Borough Councilor Sandra Moore asked the head of Dorset University Hospitals Steve Killen when Poole’s A&E would close.
“In October 2024, the Bournemouth Emergency Department (ED) will move into the new (BEACH) building and will have a significantly larger ED than our current Poole and Bournemouth EDs combined,” Mr Killen said.
“At that time we will maintain Poole for another two years as a consultant-led emergency service and after that we will continue to have a 24/7 emergency treatment centre, in accordance with the clinical services review.
“As I have told friends and colleagues, I live in Poole so for the majority of things, like my children injured playing football at Whitecliff or whatever, I will continue to take them to this service in Poole.”
The hospital services overhaul, which has been led by the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), also includes the closure of five of Dorset’s 13 community hospitals – including sites in Wareham and St Leonard’s.
Dorset CCG said the reorganization will ultimately save lives and result in a £147million investment in acute hospital services.
Health bosses had to overcome a legal challenge by a campaign group. This resulted in a judicial review in the High Court in 2018, which sided with Dorset CCG.