Dorset's NHS services open for Bank Holiday

Dorset's NHS services open for Bank Holiday

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:01am 23rd May 2020. (Updated at 3:54pm 23rd May 2020)

We are being reminded that NHS services across Dorset are still open for us to access this bank holiday weekend.

The #HereForYou is reminding us pharmacies, minor injuries units and hospital emergency departments will all be open.

Dr Karen Kirkham, Dorset GP and Integrated Care System Clinical Lead & Assistant Clinical Chair, NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

"Whilst we are grateful to everyone who is following the government guidance on social distancing and limiting contact with other people to reduce the spread of the virus, this has to be balanced with the need to access urgent help if people feel they need care this bank holiday weekend.

"People can use 111 on-line or by telephone for non-emergencies and the 111 team will advise you on what to do, or call 999 for life-threatening situations. Please do not delay to seek help in an emergency.

"Your local NHS is there to support you."

You can visit Weymouth's Urgent Treatment Centre and Minor Injuries at Bridport, Shaftesbury, Swanage and Wimborne hospitals - but you'll only be seen by appointment.

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Walk-in services are not available at these sites, for opening times please check the Dorset HealthCare website.

You can call 01305 762541 or 111 to visit an MIU and you will be given advice or booked in for an appointment.

If it's an emergency or life-threatening situation then you should call 999, for everything else, call 111 or go to 111 online.

If you need support, there are several ways you can get help.

Visit the Dorset HealthCare website www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk for more information or call the 24/7 Connection helpline on 0300 123 5440.

Online support is also available on the Steps2Wellbeing website:  www.steps2wellbeing.co.uk