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.

Local people are being asked not to turn up at their GP practice without an appointment, but to contact the practice by phone or online via an eConsult form which is on all the practice websites.

Anyone can spread Coronavirus.

Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives in Dorset.

Read more and listen to Dr Karen Kirkham’s appeal

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.

Support for carers & carer survey

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 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. You can also contact CRISP on 01202 458204. Email: carersupport@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Carers UK  provides national coronavirus updates.

If you have received an NHS letter or are caring for someone who has, you can register for further support or call 0800 028 8327, the government’s new dedicated helpline.

Please participate in their survey to learn about carers’ experiences during the coronavirus.

Carers hospital visiting 

Please check individual hospital websites below.  For more advice on visiting patients please contact:

Karen Uphill, Carer Support and Patient Information Advisor Tel: 01202 448714 mail: carersupport@poole.nhs.uk

Alison Male, Patient & Public Engagement Lead, tel: 0800 7838058 email: pals@dchft.nhs.uk

Patient engagement and voluntary services, tel 01202 704161 or contact Pals 01202 303626 or email pals@rbch.nhs.uk

Caring for people living with dementia

The Alzeimer’s Society have published information on coronavirus for people affected by dementia.

To connect with other people affected by dementia, visit the Alzheimer’s Society online community Talking Point.

You can also call the Alzheimer’s Society Helpline tel 0300 222 11 22 or speak to a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse on Dementia UK’s Helpline, tel 0800 888 6687.

Dorset’s memory advice and support service can be contacted at tel  0300 123 1916 or email dorset@alzheimers.org.uk

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.

Domestic Abuse – www.safelives.org.uk  – local helpline tel 0800 032 5204. National 24hr helpline (run by Refuge) tel 0808 2000 247

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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