NHS Birthday Letter

The 73rd birthday of the NHS this week offers us all the chance to say a Big Thank You to primary care in Dorset.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their continued support for primary care in Dorset, as well as everyone working in primary care who are doing a fantastic job in caring for our local communities.

Did you know the primary care NHS family includes general practice, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacies?

Primary care in Dorset continues to rise remarkably to the challenge in keeping people safe and well during the COVID-19 pandemic, while coping brilliantly with an unprecedented and sustained surge in pressures.

At the same time, primary care has played a central role in the successful roll out locally of the largest vaccine programme in the history of the NHS which has seen more than 1 million doses of the life-saving COVID-10 vaccine delivered in Dorset.

Here are ten things you might not know about primary care in Dorset:

Did you know?

  1. Over the last year in Dorset, there have been three million face-to-face appointments at GP practices
  2. The new Oximetry@home service is now supporting patients with COVID-19 in the community – more than 1,350 have been supported by the service at home since its launch in December 2020
  3. 280,000 eConsults – which enable patients submit their symptoms or requests to their own GP electronically – have been submitted by patients to their GP practices in the last year
  4. 35,000 patients every month across Dorset now choosing to consult with their GP Practice online – that’s 700% up
  5. 36,600 flu vaccinations were provided in community pharmacies, in support of a surge in demand during the pandemic
  6. Over the last year there have been 14,000 video consultations held by GP practices
  7. GP practices will continue to offer online consultations and video consultations, as well as telephone consultations. These can be convenient and flexible ways to receive healthcare. Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients where there is a clinical need.
  8. A new minor ailments referral service went live at community pharmacies in Dorset for improved patient support – 144 community pharmacies have signed-up
  9. There have been one and a half million appointments via telephone at GP practices over the last 12 months
  10. 84% of the more than 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine delivered in Dorset have been delivered by primary care

As primary care continues to cope brilliantly with unparalleled demand on services, please do continue to be kind.

Thank you to primary care in Dorset.

  • Jenni Douglas-Todd, Chair, Dorset Integrated Care System (ICS)
  • Dr Maurice Dunster, Primary Care Commissioning Committee Chair
  • Tim Goodson, Chief Officer, NHS Dorset CCG
  • Katherine Gough, Chief Pharmacist, NHS Dorset CCG
  • Dr Karen Kirkham, Assistant Clinical Chair, NHS Dorset CCG
  • Sally Sandcraft, Director of Primary and Community Care, NHS Dorset CCG
  • Dr Forbes Watson, NHS Dorset CCG Chair