Specialist care for adults in Dorset with a life limiting illness

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Weldmar’s Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Service

One common misconception about Weldmar is that we only treat people with cancer – but adults in Dorset with other life limiting conditions can be cared for by us, and that includes Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

The MND Service is led by Jane Smith (Lead Practitioner) and Charissa Bartram (MND Nurse).

Our care for those with MND begins at the point of diagnosis and throughout the trajectory of the illness.

Our aim is to support those individuals, and the people that care for them, with advice including benefits, planning, and symptom management. We see people in their own homes, in care homes, and in hospitals, working very closely with other health professionals, with the aim that those with these conditions have the right support at the right time.

Motor Neurone Disease

Weldmar has always supported people with MND and their families, and our clinical team has an in-depth knowledge of symptom management. We work closely with our colleagues in the NHS and liaise with the local MND Association.

Weldmar holds a regular MND clinic – in this video, the team explain more about the support available.


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Jim was in his 80s when he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

He attended regular MND clinics at our Inpatient Unit in Dorchester..

His daughter Philippa says, “One day, there was something about his diagnosis that I was upset about, and Neurology Nurse Specialist Rose Elliott gave me so much time on the phone. 

People were so endlessly reassuring and kind.  They gave him a good deal of support, not only emotionally and medically, but they also gave support to all the family, and I can’t begin to tell you how grateful we all are.”

MND Clinic

We have previously been involved with a pioneering home adaptation campaign for MND patients.

Specialist Occupational Therapist Jane Smith was involved in a pilot project called Act To Adapt, alongside the MND Association.

This looked at ways to improve the process by which local councils deliver home adaptations for people with Motor Neurone Disease. West Dorset is one of three pilot areas in the country to be involved.

Read more about this here

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