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.

Your NHS – #HereForYou

Local partners providing health and care services across Dorset have launched a new campaign #HereForYou to encourage people to seek and get the help they need during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign has been launched following concerns that people may not be seeking the help they need for themselves and their families because of COVID-19.

The aim is to reassure people that whilst the way services are being delivered may be different, patients should still access services when they need to, and not delay because of a fear of accessing services.

Whilst GPs have changed the way they work – making the most of available technology including online consultations and video conferencing – patients should still talk to their GP when they feel they have a medical need and the most appropriate consultation will be offered to patients.

Your GP will be carefully advising patients individually on any routine or urgent procedures and blood tests that should go ahead and are doing all they can to ensure that if patients are brought to the surgery, it will be done in as safe a way as possible.

If any person has a symptom that could be suggestive of a stroke or heart attack, or could be a sign of a cancer, it is essential that they don’t delay seeking advice.

It is also really important that parents of children should still ensure that their children are immunised during this time.

Mums to be must also ensure that they keep scheduled appointments with their midwife and if you are worried with anything to do with yourself and your baby; for example, your baby is not moving as much as normal, please do not delay and get in touch with your local maternity service.

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

Urgent dental care service – urgent dental centres have been set-up to support people with an urgent or emergency dental condition. To access treatment you should contact your dental practice by phone to discuss a referral. Anyone currently unregistered with a practice should call 111.

Read the latest Government updates and guidance on COVID-19

COVID-19 advice leaflets are available in alternative languages

Stay well – the best in health apps

We’re in this together.

We’ve reviewed the best health apps available.

Health Apps – prescription orders, online consultations, and more.

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

Young People’s support

We’re in this together.

We know that young people are finding the current restrictions on their lives really difficult. Reinforcing social distancing and stay at home messages is hard for parents who may also be worried about their teen’s mental health and wellbeing.

We hope that the information here will help.

Every Mind Matters – supporting your teen’s wellbeing during coronavirus.

Chat health –  a confidential text messaging service for 11-19 yr olds in Dorset to send health related questions via text to the School Nursing Team. Text number is: 07480 635511.

Kooth – confidential online counselling and advice for young people, aged 11-18 with online live chat.

Childline – counselling for young people with webchat or tel – 0800 1111.

HM Government advice – on looking after children, young people, and people who have physical disabilities, learning disabilities and autism.

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

Carer support Dorset provides information, support and Coronavirus advice for carers.  You can also contact Dorset Council’s carer support team on tel 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 tel 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.

Every Mind Matters

We’re in this together.

Every Mind Matters – Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

We hope that the information here will also help.

Livewell Dorset  looking after our emotional health and wellbeing.

Dorset Mind – supporting local people with mental health challenges.

Silverline – 24hr support and chat for over 55s tel 0800 4708090.

Samaritans – tel 116123 or email jo@samaritans.org

Domestic abuse – Dorset Police and your local council are here to help. Safelives also has a local helpline tel 0800 032 5204 and a National 24hr helpline (run by Refuge) tel 0808 2000 247.

Alcoholics Anonymous – finding help for drinking problems, wherever you live.

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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