Hospital name (approx size)Dorset County Hospital (500 beds)
EmployerDorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Best person to contactAnne Roberts (Foundation Programme Coordinator)
01305 255943
24-hour library access with computer/IT facilitiesYes
Staff restaurant or similar where you can get food at nightYes, Damers restaurant is open 24/7 but hot meals only available around meal times. Sandwiches and panini/ baguettes/ toasties that can be heated up are available. The mess is topped up every Thursday with snacks.
On site accommodationYes
Type of accommodationHouse share between 2-4 people. Mix of long term rents and short term stays.
Monthly cost of accommodation£350
Bills includedYes
Average monthly cost of renting flat near hospital£800-1300
Onsite parkingYes. New multi-storey built. On site car parks and residential streets in surrounding areas.
Monthly cost of parkingFree parking for staff once you register on the parking portal on:
Cost of on site multi-storey TBC, currently free.
Doctors mess organises regular social eventsPaddleboards available from the mess to borrow, regular pay day parties and welfare events like pottery making.
Weekly socials including basketball, football and dancing.
Description of town/locationSmall, cosy town with a decent selection of shops and restaurants.
Good train transport and local bus routes to towns like Upwey, and beach towns like Weymouth and Bournemouth.
Range of sports facilities from gyms, sports centres with swimming pools, and martial arts centres.
Excellent walking/ running routes. Poor cycling lanes; roads can be narrow, especially heading out of the town where they become small country lanes.
Easier to get to places with a car as some areas lack a footpath.
Top 3 things about working here1. DGH small enough to get to know your colleagues well
2. Beautiful rural areas to drive to and close to beaches for days off
3. Supportive junior cohort with plenty of events and socials
Last updateFeb 2023 by Sabina Sadiq, Dorchester Foundation Doctor Rep