We have 2 Trolleys that go out twice a day on different routes. We always have 2 people on each Trolley. 



The Shop is open from 8.30am to 4.00pm.



A big part of being Friends of the Dorset County Hospital is fundraising and this can't be done without our volunteers and you!

Welcome to the Friends of Dorset County Hospital

Our Charity was founded in 1956 to provide comfort and help to patients in the old Dorchester Hospital.  Today’s modern hospital is very different, but the original purpose remains at the core of the organisation.  We have over 120 volunteers and employ a full-time Manager.  We run a shop in the hospital as well as a trolley service, with 2 trolleys visiting the wards twice a day.  With the profits from these services we are able to provide facilities and equipment that are not always available through NHS funding and are greatly valued by both staff and patients.  We have a team of Trustees which receives requests from hospital departments and makes decisions about where to spend the funds.



Monday-Friday 8.30am-2.30pm

​Saturday and Sunday - Closed

We are now open on reduced hours we hope as restictions are lifted we will open longer and hopefully be able to start Trolley rounds again. 

Before lockdown we committed to our new fundraising project to purchase an ultrasound machine for the Rheumatology Department.

Even though our fundraising has temporarily stopped we are still supporting this.

If you wish to help by making a donation, please click the 'donation' button at the top of this page. If you are interested in fundraising for us then please contact us. 

Many thanks for your continued support.


Upcoming Fundraising Events

Gifts to the Hospital


Colorectal Surgery


Lightbox for Diagnostic Imaging


Shed for Blood Bikes


Ward Refurbishments

These are just some of the ways in which we have helped in the last few years. Not only do we raise money for high value items we are also here for the smaller but equally important things. This is only a small section of items we have funded. See our Gifts to the Hospital page to see more. Our funds reach a wide range of Departments and we are proud to have been able to provide an average of £50,000 per year over the last few years.

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