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 – Here For You

Technology – Making the NHS more accessible

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, GPs throughout Dorset have been asking people to consider alternative ways of contacting them in order to help reduce the spread of the virus amongst local communities and minimising their own personal risk.

This has included online, video and telephone remote consultations along with eConsult – an online system which enables patients to complete a confidential online form which is then sent to their GP practice who will respond by 6.30pm the following day to offer advice, provide a prescription or an appointment if necessary or arrange for referral to a different service. Short video.

NHS England have developed a plain English guide which summarises how to access usual NHS services during the coronavirus outbreak.

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.

Child Safety Week 1 – 7 June

Child Safety Week is an annual community education campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT).

In response to COVID-19 the trust is changing the way they do things to meet the changing needs of families and the frontline staff who support them.  Their 2020  Parents’ Pack – Keeping Children safe during lockdown and beyond, helps parents take on child safety and win, even when they’re feeling under pressure.

#QuitForCovid

As new evidence comes to light which suggests that smokers are at greater risk from COVID-19, Public Health Dorset is joining health professionals in calling on smokers to #QuitforCovid and offering free stop-smoking support through LiveWell Dorset.

What you need to know about Covid-19 and smoking.

The Smokefree Action Coalition brings together over 30 organisations, all committed to reducing harm caused by smoking. They offer resources and advice to help smokers to #QuitforCovid.

Carers Week 8 – 14 June 2020

Making Carers Visible
In next week’s Feedback bulletin we will be supporting Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring. The theme for the 2020 campaign is ‘Making Carers Visible’.

Carers week 2020

Carers Support
If you care for someone please do access the support that is available to help you.  We hope that the information resources below will help you do this.

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.

Looking after your mental health

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.

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