Coronavirus update

We want to stay in touch with the local people and communities that we regularly link with.

We’ll be using our Feedback Bulletin to keep you updated on COVID-19 developments and, importantly, to share information with you, from confirmed reputable sources, to help you and your families stay well and in the best of health during this difficult time.

We welcome any feedback from readers and any suggestions for inclusion in future editions.

Accessing GP services about non-COVID-19 health concerns

Dorset GPs are asking the public not to let concerns about COVID-19 prevent you from contacting them about other health concerns. Please don’t attend in person but contact your surgery by phone or online using the e-Consult forms found on your practice website. GPs will discuss your concerns with you and will invite you to come to the surgery where necessary.

Children’s immunisations – please call your GP if your child is due to be immunised.

Doctor Karen Kirkham’s BBC Radio Solent interview

Changes to GP services in Dorset to help manage COVID demand

Read the latest Government updates and guidance on COVID-19 

COVID 19 advice leaflets are available in alternative languages

Healthwatch Survey – share your experiences of accessing health and care services during the COVID-19 outbreak

A big thank you to everyone in the care profession – clap for our care workers 

Police, ambulance, councils and others unite to tackle #Unacceptable verbal abuse, assaults and attacks on key workers

Our NHS is here for you

The NHS continues to provide the services that you need.

In life-threatening or emergency situations please call 999 or attend our Accident and Emergency Departments as usual.

If you need urgent care – please contact us by phone or try to use our online services. Minor Injuries Units and GP practices are open to provide advice. Where necessary they will ask you to attend in person.

If you need help now, but it’s not an emergency you can also visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111.

Hospital appointments – it is important that you attend your hospital and antenatal appointments unless these can postponed or can be carried out online. Your clinic will be able to provide advice so please do contact them.

Health apps – prescription orders, online consultations, and more. We’ve reviewed the best health apps available.

NHS.uk website also has advice on how to access online health services.

Minor Injuries Services in Dorset – contact numbers, temporary changes and opening hours.

Visit Maternity Matters for information and tips about caring for yourself, your baby, attending your antenatal appointments and read how maternity services are operating during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Urgent dental care service.

Support for carers

We’re in this together.

We know that in the current situation carers are under enormous pressure. We hope that the information resources below will help carers across the county access the help and information they need.

Dorset Council area

Carers Support Dorset provides information, support and coronavirus advice for carers. You can also contact Dorset Council’s Carer Support Team on 0800 368 8349 or email admin@carersupportdorset.co.uk

Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) area

CRISP provides information, support and coronavirus advice for carers. Contact them on 01202 458204 or email: carersupport@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Carers UK provides national coronavirus updates.

HM Government advice on looking after your own mental health, and those that you care for, including children, young people, and people who have physical disabilities, learning disabilities and autism.

Your mental health and wellbeing

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is going to affect everyone’s daily lives, including our mental health and wellbeing. We hope that the information here will help.

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Please do not hesitate to contact us at communications@dorsetccg.nhs.uk if you have any questions.

With kind regards from all at NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group