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Please join us on 30th September


NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will present its annual accounts online on Wednesday 30 September 2020 from 9.30am. A short video detailing the accounts and key activity from the last 12 months will be shown along with local GP Dr Christina Hawkins talking about her experiences of working in primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic and what steps are being taken to ensure care is still available. Questions are being invited during the video presentation which will be answered by Chief Officer Tim Goodson, Chief Finance Officer Nikki Rowland and Director of Nursing and Quality Vanessa Read. Those questions not [...]

Please join us on 30th September2020-09-16T15:04:02+01:00

Primary Care “We’re here for you”


That’s the message from GPs in Dorset to local people as they are being reminded that primary care services are still there for them – although how they are accessed may have changed. Despite the threat of COVID-19 decreasing in many areas it is still present in local communities so measures introduced earlier this year are remaining in place to reduce the risk of passing the virus to practice staff and patients. Local GPs are reminding patients that they are open and if you have health concerns you should get in touch. If you have concerns, contact your practice via their [...]

Primary Care “We’re here for you”2020-09-01T09:50:06+01:00

Social prescribing is here for you


Patients registered with practices who are members of the Jurassic Coast Primary Care Network (PCN) covering West Dorset, who have a non-clinical need, are benefitting from closer links with the Town Council and local voluntary organisations through Social Prescribing, another example of how local health services are #HereForYou. There is emerging evidence that social prescribing can lead to a range of positive health and wellbeing outcomes for people such as improved quality of life and emotional wellbeing. Schemes can involve a variety of activities which are non- clinical and are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations, or professional health [...]

Social prescribing is here for you2020-08-26T09:36:46+01:00

Here for you this Bank Holiday


The NHS may have changed how some services are delivered in response to COVID-19 but it is still here to help you when you need it. If you do become ill over the weekend, go to or call 111 for help or advice. If appropriate you may be booked in for a face-to-face appointment at the appropriate site. This could be an out of hours primary care appointment, Minor Injuries Unit or Urgent Treatment Centre. Pharmacists and their teams are an essential part of the NHS and are doing their best to provide you with the medicines and advice you [...]

Here for you this Bank Holiday2020-09-01T09:50:39+01:00

We want your experiences of community mental health services


Local partners have today launched a survey to get people’s views on mental health services within their communities. The survey is open to anyone aged 16 or over and asks people what they think is good about services, what could be improved and what ideas or hopes they would have for services in the future. Dr Sudipto Das, Consultant Psychiatrist with Dorset HealthCare “Everyone working in health wants people to have access to the services they need, however despite our best efforts we recognise that sometime they don’t meet everyone’s needs. We are seeking views on how services can be improved, [...]

We want your experiences of community mental health services2020-08-14T11:12:21+01:00

Hot weather warning issued this weeked


With hot weather arriving at the end of this week, Public Health England (PHE) has issued advice for staying safe. Parts of the country are likely to feel very warm and there will be pockets of very high temperatures in the East of England, London, Southeast England and the Southwest. Read more on  

Hot weather warning issued this weeked2020-08-07T08:54:23+01:00

Supporting our system partners during the pandemic


Staff at NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group have been supporting their local partner organisations and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, with some people swapping their day jobs for roles on the front line. The CCG employs many clinical staff who have voluntarily returned to support care in a variety of settings, such as hospital wards, community nursing and residential care homes. Along with physical deployment through the three acute hospitals in Dorchester, Poole and Bournemouth, members of the CCG also took the lead in other areas, including supporting local care homes and other organisations with guidance on infection control and education, [...]

Supporting our system partners during the pandemic2020-09-02T13:01:18+01:00

Virtual consultations on the increase across Dorset


The COVID-19 pandemic is seeing health services across the county adopt new ways of working, making the most of online technology to ensure patients continue to get access to the care they need; something that will continue in the future. Local GP practices are making more use of online triage via eConsult forms which – once completed – help ensure patients are directed to the most appropriate care. Since the start of lockdown eConsult use has more than doubled with nearly 18,000 being completed in June compared to around 5000 in February. The main NHS providers in Dorset are also seeing [...]

Virtual consultations on the increase across Dorset2020-07-28T14:40:17+01:00

Communities and visitors urged to enjoy summer holidays in Dorset safely


communities and visitors to the county to enjoy the summer holidays safely. With the school summer term due to finish for many this week, councils, emergency services and other organisations have been busy preparing for a wave of visitors arriving to experience all that the county has to offer. However, with the ongoing public health situation residents and tourists are being encouraged to remain conscious of the need to act responsibly when out and about this summer and respect their surroundings and local communities. Assistant Chief Constable Sam de Reya, of Dorset Police, said: “The majority of our communities and visitors [...]

Communities and visitors urged to enjoy summer holidays in Dorset safely2020-07-16T14:31:05+01:00
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