Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

 Stay Well

The following information will help you to find out more about how you, your family and friends can ensure you use the most appropriate healthcare for your needs in Dorset - Stay Well.

Find out what to do if you do become ill and how to stay well. We also highlight some further resources that may be of interest.

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If you do become ill


Treat yourself better - visit your local pharmacist as soon as you feel unwell

The majority of colds and flu like illnesses will be over in a few days and your pharmacist can help you manage the symptoms and give you practical advice. There are over 150 pharmacies in Dorset, within communities, in out of town shopping centres and the high street. Many are open evenings and weekends. Pharmacies offer a wide range of services; many also have private consultation rooms if you would like to speak in confidence. Find your local pharmacy

Pharmacy opening times over the Easter, May and Summer Bank Holidays 2017 across Dorset. 

Call NHS 111

You can call 111 when you need medical advice or are not sure who to contact. This includes dental advice. 

Visit your local Minor Injuries Unit or Walk-in Centre

If your injury is not serious, you can get help from a minor injuries unit (MIU) or a walk-in centre, rather than going to an A&E department when your GP surgery is closed. This will allow A&E staff to concentrate on people with serious, life-threatening conditions and will save you a potentially long wait - check opening hours of your nearest Minor Injuries Unit

There is a walk in centre in Boscombe open 8am-8pm weekends only.

Alternatively there is a Community Urgent Care Centre in Weymouth. 

Contact your GP

Many GPs can offer advice over the phone and can arrange referral to a hospital specialist if you need it.

Dial 999 if it's a life threatening emergency

A&E is only for emergencies - if you’re not sure whether it is an emergency, call 111 first.                                                         



How to Stay Well


Get protected against flu

Every year the NHS offers a free vaccination against flu to people who are considered to be at risk. If you're in one of these risk groups, you're more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia a lung infection. Check now to see if you are eligible for a free flu jab or speak to your local GP/pharmacy. 


Make sure you have your medicines

If you receive regular medicines, please make sure you give your local pharmacist twenty-four hours to prepare your prescription.


Further resources


Staywell leaflet - Bournemouth edition

Staywell leaflet - Poole edition

Staywell leaflet - Dorset edition

Government - keep warm keep well booklet