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Patients Asked To Help Themselves


8:40am 26th July 2013

People living in Dorset with long term health conditions are being asked to do more for themselves.

A new service, commissioned by the local NHS, launches next month.

It's aimed at people with conditions like diabetes, dementia and arthritis. Health officials say they're keen for people with long term illnesses to "take control of their lives".

NHS Dorset has helped put together a new support service to help people get going. It includes advice over the phone, internet advice websites and guidance from a Self-Management Coach.

It's all about self-management which they say "can help them - people - regain some of that control and enjoy a better quality of life."

Local patients helped develop the service providing feedback and views from a patient perspective.

The multi-service launches in September and will be rolled out across all of Dorset next year.

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