Dorset’s NHS services, particularly our emergency departments (A&E), are currently facing increased pressure in the run up to the weekend.

With this in mind, we are reminding people to use the right NHS service for their needs. This can help to free up emergency services for people who really need them, and could mean you get the right care more quickly.

Dorset’s NHS services are here to help you if you become hurt or unwell, and range from over 150 pharmacies across the county (for help with colds, coughs and headaches, etc) to minor injuries units and the urgent treatment centre in Weymouth for sprains, strains and other non-life threatening conditions.

Your local GP practice may also be able to offer you an out-of-hours appointment, which can be booked directly or through NHS 111, and at a time and place that works for you.

You can also call NHS 111 if you are not sure where to go, or if you need advice – or visit the StayWell Dorset website for more information.