Save Kingfisher and SCBU at Dorset County Hospital.


Breaking News 19/12/17:

Congratulations are due to the Kingfisher Mums and their supporters today, the CCG have finally capitulated.

Confounding  the many faces set against this campaign, including both of Oliver Letwin’s, with his ugly henchman Richard Grosvenor-Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax M.P., full consultant-led maternity and Paediatric services will be retained at Dorset County Hospital.

Full respect to the Mums who for three years now have maintained a relentless struggle in the teeth of abject treachery and deceit from local politicians and NHS officials, whilst bringing up their families and caring for some profoundly unwell and disabled children. We especially salute the tireless Naomi Patterson.

As history shall recall, Working Class women are a force to be reckoned with.

We didn’t even need to smash anything up, this time, but scroll down and check here to see what you have to do to get your point across:

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Wessex Solidarity wholeheartedly supports the campaign to retain Paediatric and Maternity services in Dorchester, but then so does everybody else in this part of the world, and even a few politicians (recently, M.P.s Letwin, Corbyn and Drax have expressed their support) so why are they still talking about shutting it?

You’ll not find any of our politics on this page, we critique these people elsewhere on the site; this is just a page for the Kingfisher parents and supporters to share their news, events and stories, until they have their own blog, or the C.C.G. see sense.

Update October 2016: Oliver Letwin has withdrawn his support. and now considers the Kingfisher campaign a “politically opportunistic bandwagon”.

Drax letter

Drax letter

As of 19th September this year, his colleague, Richard Grosvenor-Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, had this to say:

“As you know, I and Oliver Letwin continue to do all that we can to preserve services at DCH.


This is simply to let you know that we are still working hard on this and will continue to do so.”

More from Bridport & Lyme regis news:

MP snubs campaign to save maternity services because he’s been “persuaded” proposed changes will ‘lead to better care’

For news, comment and analysis on the campaign see the main blog.

Email CCG   Phone: 01305 368900  Twitter @dorsetccg   feedback   Facebook

Fundraising page SCBU

Fundraising page: Books for Kingfisher kids


Stuff the C.C.G! Stuff Oliver Letwin! Poole Park 15th October.



March to save Kingfisher and SCBU
Saturday 17 September 2016 13:00 – Note date has changed to avoid clashing with the county show. facebook event
Top O Town Car Park, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XT

“Again we need to show the CCG that they can’t play with our children’s lives we need Kingfisher and SCBU, not forgetting maternity. Please join us at 1pm at top o town car park with a view to be setting off at 1.30pm. Speakers TBC.  After the March the Dorchester Round tables have their cider festival with live bands and plenty of entertainment for your children, we will finish the March at the borough gardens in time for the festival to start.”


Christmas march for Kingfisher Ward.
12th December 11:00 facebook event
Top O Town Car Park, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XT

“Ahead of the January 2016 public consultation we want to organise another mass march through Dorchester to show the CCG we have not gone away. Meeting at 11am for departure at 11:30.”

Handing over petitions.
16th September at 13:00 facebook event
Dorset CCG Vespasian House, Barrack Road Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1TG

“We will be handing over all the petitions to the CCG on September 16th so please join us at 1pm with all your petitions or contact us to ensure every signature counts xx”

kf-gigBenefit gig

Robb Johnson and the Irregulars,

The Skones 

Jamie McDonald

4th September at 19:00

facebook event

T.A. Centre, Poundbury road, Stinsford Dorchester, Dorset, off the A35

Doors open 7pm,

Tickets £5

Available from Munchkins, Durnovaria and the Tourist Information Centre.

Campaign picnic:
5th August at 16:30 facebook event
The Borough Gardens, W Walks Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1RE

“This event will go live on the BBC news at 18.30 for the kingfisher campaign. Bring your picnics and join in on all the fun. Live music, arts and crafts and dancing. We even have some lovely princesses coming along.”

This is what it’s all about:

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