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"We're always preparing for winter" says Dorset CCG

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Published at 8:41am 7th December 2018. (Updated at 10:16am 7th December 2018)

Dorset CCG say they never stop preparing for winter but the public can help to ease the strain.

Dr Simon Watkins is a local GP and chair of the Urgent Care Group "As a healthcare system we never stop planning for winter because we know we are going to face increased attendances to all of our NHS establishments, for example through increased respiratory illnesses, or people having trips and falls due to the bad weather.



However, they say there are a few things people can do to help relieve the pressure on hospitals.

1: Make sure to get a flu jab

The flu virus strikes in the winter and it can lead to serious complications like bronchitis or pneumonia. The jab is free if you're over 65 or if you've got a long-term health condition.

You can find more information here.

2: Visit your local pharmacist instead

Did you know you can visit your pharmacist when you start to feel ill? The CCG say it's a quick way to get seen by a professional.

You can find your nearest pharmacy at www.nhs.uk. 

3: Make the best use of your local services

Primary Care appointments in Dorset are available from 8am until 8pm. You can book an appointment at your local practice or by dialing 111.

4: Call 999 in an emergency

For more information on how to stay well during the winter months visit www.staywelldorset.nhs.uk.

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