Before Bournemouth Hospital Charity, there was the Jigsaw Appeal.

Born out of a vision to create a new centre of excellence for oncology, haematology, gynaecology, breast care and early pregnancy for our Hospital, the Jigsaw Appeal saw thousands of supporters, donors and fundraisers join together over the course of almost a decade towards the cause.

As a result of all their efforts, the Jigsaw Building was officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on March 21 2016.

Providing state-of-the-art facilities for the treatment of cancer and blood disorders on the ground floor and the new Women’s Health Unit on the first floor, the Jigsaw Building has quickly become one of the most important hubs in the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, seeing thousands of patients every year.

The new facility has helped to reduce waiting times for patients, as well as improving outcomes. While on the first floor, the Women’s Health unit enables our teams to cater treatment to patients while maintaining their dignity and privacy.

Marie Miller, Senior Staff Nurse, says that the feedback she has received from patients has been very positive.

“The facilities here are fantastic, but what is also important is how spacious and light the building is,” says Marie. “It really is an amazing centre to work in and I know will help enormously with the treatment and care we give our patients.”

One of the Jigsaw Appeal’s lasting legacies is that the core team of fundraisers that helped to co-ordinate the appeal evolved into what is now Bournemouth Hospital Charity, helping to raise money for equipment and services that help our Hospital Trust continue to go above and beyond for our patients and our community.