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.

Latest coronavirus government guidelines

Read the latest government guidelines on how to control the coronavirus, protecting yourself and others, health and wellbeing, employment and working safely

Your NHS is Here For You

NHS services are #HereForYou this coming bank holiday Monday, 25 May, with people being urged to get the help they need despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although there may be different ways to access services, pharmacies and minor injuries units are all available for people who need them.

Weymouth’s Urgent Treatment Centre and Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) at Bridport, Shaftesbury, Swanage and Wimborne hospitals are still running, but by appointment only. You can no longer walk into these services. For the most up to date opening times and contact details please visit the Dorset HealthCare website.

For local pharmacy information please check the NHS website or your pharmacy’s own website for details.

Child vaccinations – Clinicians in Dorset are urging parents to attend regular vaccination appointments with their children in order to protect their health and reduce the risk of outbreaks of serious diseases.

Looking after your health

Mental Health Awareness Week

Kindness is the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week – 18-24 May

In these difficult times, it’s never been more important that we’re kind to ourselves and support our family and friends with their mental health.

Every Mind Matters – 10 tips to help you if you are worried about coronavirus.

Dorset Mind’s great new online platform offers virtual tours of different Dorset locations to help you relax. During the tours, you can listen to music, see on-screen prompts, inspirational quotes, and animated directions focused on breathing.

Connection – a 24/7 helpline for all Dorset residents or people visiting of any age call direct on 0300 123 5440 or access via NHS 111.

Are you getting your 5 a day? Take the Livewell Dorset 5 Ways Challenge to supercharge your wellbeing.

Support for carers

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

Carer 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.

Volunteering and accessing volunteer support

Dorset
All you need to know about volunteering or accessing volunteer support in the Dorset Council area

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP)
All you need to know about volunteering or accessing volunteer support in the BCP Council area

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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