Some useful things to know this Easter Weekend



Bus Travel

Bus operator First will be operating its services in Dorset throughout the Easter period, with more buses running than ever before on Easter Sunday.

Sunday services will run on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday with a normal Saturday service on Easter Saturday.

For Service 1 on the Sunday, there will be buses from Weymouth to Portland every 10 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes in the evening.  Service 2 to Littlemoor will operate every 15 minutes during the day and on a 20 minute frequency in the evening.

Other Easter Sunday services comprise:
•    Service 3 to Westham will operate every 30 minutes with the last bus at 1750.
•    Service 4 for to Preston will operate every 30 minutes with the last bus at 1920.
•    Service 8 to Chickerell goes every 30 minutes with the last bus at 1830.
•    Service 10 to Dorchester runs every 30 minutes with the last bus at 1900.
•    Service 31 from Weymouth to Axminster will run every two hours with the last bus at 1855.
•    Service X53 between Poole and Exeter via Weymouth will also run every two hours with the last bus at 1830. This is the first running of the service for the summer period.
•    Service 502 from Weymouth to Littlesea Holiday Park will operate every 30 minutes with the last bus at 1820.
•    Service 503 from Weymouth to Waterside Holiday Park goes every 30 minutes with the last bus at 1830.


As the bank holiday weekends approach, people in Dorset are being given some simple advice to make sure they get the care they need and ease pressure on local healthcare services.

111 or 999

Launched in April 2013, 111 is for anyone requiring medical help that is not life threatening. It’s free, open 24 hours a day and all calls are dealt with by a trained advisor.

999 and emergency departments should only be used for life threatening situations and to treat those with the most serious illnesses or injuries. Using emergency services only for emergencies means those people in genuine need can get seen promptly.

Be prepared

Make sure you request any prescriptions earlier than normal. Plan ahead and if possible try to ask for your repeat prescription from the GP at least a week before you are going to run out of medicines. Some GP practices also offer the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), which allows the prescription to be sent electronically to a pharmacy of choice choose, saving time.

Know when your local services are open and where they are

Details on opening times of local health services including hospitals, GP surgeries and dentists, can be found online via NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk using the simple tool on the home page.

Local GP and member of NHS Dorset CCG Dr Patrick Seal reinforces the message that if people choose well they can help both themselves and other people. He said “The advice we give is based on the national Choose well campaign and is all about helping people make the right choice when they have a situation where they need help. Don’t be afraid to seek advice for a genuine emergency situation but take a moment to think if your needs could be better dealt with in another way such as over the counter medicine. If you are uncertain call 111”.


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