Our Team

The team at Forest Holme is led by three part-time Palliative Medicine Consultants: Dr Saskie Dorman, Dr Amy Pharaoh and Dr Beverley Lee along with specialist doctor Dr Kevin Bolster.  All work within the hospice, hospital and community settings.

The team also includes:

  • Hospital and community specialist palliative care nurses,
  • Health care assistants (in-patient ward only)
  • Therapists in occupational therapy, lymphoedema and complementary therapy
  • A psychological support team which includes counsellors, bereavement support and social work support.

Each week, a MDT (multidisciplinary team) meeting takes place.  Patients who are under our care may be discussed at this meeting from time to time with some of the team members above, to ensure that they are getting the best management. Any outcome from these consultations is discussed with the patient.

Community Specialist Palliative Care Team

There is a team of specialist palliative care nurses who are based upstairs at Forest Holme Hospice. They link with GP surgeries in Poole, Wimborne, Cranborne and Isle of Purbeck areas and will see people at home, in clinic and in community hospitals. They have regular meetings with the primary health care team including your GP.

They are generally available Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4.30pm and can be contacted on their own individual telephone line. Your community specialist palliative care nurse will provide you with this number when they first meet with you.

For more urgent queries, a 24hr advice line is available on 0300 019 8115.

Community palliative care team
Hospital palliative care team

Hospital Palliative Care Team

This team consists of specialist palliative care nurses and facilitators in end-of-life care.  They are based upstairs in Forest Holme. They visit in-patients at Poole Hospital.

The team is available from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Lymphoedema Team

The lymphoedema team provides advice and management of secondary lymphoedema, which is caused by cancer or its treatment.

The team is based upstairs at Forest Holme and is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Referrals are usually via the GP, consultant, community or hospital nurse.

Lymphoedema team
Counselling Team

Counselling and Psychological Support Team

The counselling service is based at Forest Holme and provides support and counselling to people under the care of the hospice or living with a diagnosis of cancer, as well as for those who have experienced the bereavement of a loved-one.

Complementary Therapy

The Complementary Therapy team is based at Forest Holme and provides a variety of therapies to help reduce the stress and anxiety associated with cancer or other serious illness.

Complementary Therapies Team
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Forest Holme In-Patient Unit

Forest Holme Hospice has twelve beds, enabling us to provide expert care to people with advanced disease causing complex problems. The ward has a mixture of single and shared rooms, all equipped to the same specifications with televisions. En-suite facilities are available within the five single rooms.

There is a comfortable lounge area, a kitchen and an overnight room for relatives. A quiet courtyard garden provides a peaceful and relaxing environment for all.