We would like to take this opportunity to address some inaccuracies that are circulating in an open letter to NHS Dorset CCG from Mr. Jeff Williams recently published on the Dorset Eye website. Chief Executive Tim Goodson has responded to Mr. Williams directly and this response can be read in full online. We would also invite people who use health services in Dorset to find out more about the benefits of having specialist hospitals by reading our Patient Benefits Case available from Dorset's Vision. DCCG Response (PDF) Mr. Williams' Letter Patient Benefit Case [...]
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If you’re taken ill over the Bank Holiday weekend, make sure you know what options for care you have in your local area. Our guide to out of hours care provides information on local services available to you over the Bank Holiday, including a map of where to find your nearest emergency department, minor injuries unit/urgent treatment centre, and pharmacy. For more information on out of hours care for you and your family, visit the Out of Hours page on the CCG website.
Type 2 diabetes is a common condition that causes the level of sugar in the blood to become too high. Caused by problems with insulin in the body it can often be linked with being overweight or physically inactive, and if left untreated it can lead to serious problems with your eyes, heart and feet. The good news is that people can reduce their risk by making changes to their lifestyle. Over the coming months, people in Dorset who have raised blood sugar and have therefore been identified as being at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by their GP will [...]
As we head into the weekend, Dorset's NHS services continue to be under pressure as a result of the extreme weather conditions, and staff are urging people to stay safe and think ahead if going out in icy conditions. A spokesperson for NHS Dorset CCG “We want Dorset residents to stay safe this weekend, and would advise people to avoid going out into the icy conditions if possible. Icy roads and pavements make the risk of slips, trips and falls greater, and these can result in sprains, fractures and broken bones, so please take care. If you do need to [...]
NHS services are encouraging friends and family of people in hospital not to visit while the severe weather continues. A spokesperson from NHS Dorset CCG said: "we are keen to keep patients and their friends and family safe, and while the severe weather continues we would advise those thinking of visiting friends and family currently in hospital to stay home unless absolutely necessary. As well as the risk on the roads, the weather could cause visitors to become stranded, so please don't make any journeys that can be avoided until the weather improves. "If you need medical care or advice, [...]