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Nearby residents fury with Priory Hospital


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RESIDENTS living close to the new Priory Hospital which opened a year ago in Heddington Drive are furious that assurances given before the facility opened are not being met. The hospital, which replaced the Shottsford House residential unit for severely disabled patients over the age of 18 and had in turn replaced Phoenix House, now provides a community independent learning disability unit for up to 16 acute Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services patients. The complaints of nearby residents, who have asked the Care Quality Commission to inspect the facility, include the witnessing by their children of young patients in distress at first floor windows, and noisy handovers.            Read more…

   Blandford’s 27th Georgian Fayre

BLANDFORD’S 27th Georgian Fayre on Bank Holiday Monday was topped off with the announcement shortly  before it closed of the birth at 5.26am that morning of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ first child, then un-named but now known to be Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. MC Arthur Bush, who was congratulated at the start of the day by Mayor of Blandford Roger Carter on the role he has played for the Fayre ever since it started over 25 years ago, commented that last year Fayre-goers had been anticipating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just a few weeks later.         Read More…

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