Dorset’s NHS services are currently facing increased pressure in the run up to the Bank Holiday weekend, including an rise in people using emergency departments (A&E).

With this in mind, we are reminding people that getting the right care in the right place can not only help local NHS services, but can also help you get the right care more quickly.

Dorset has a number of services across the county that are there to help you if you become hurt or unwell. These range from your local pharmacy for headaches, coughs and colds, to your local minor injuries unit or urgent care centre for sprains, strains and other non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

The StayWell Dorset website has a helpful guide to support you in finding the right service for your needs. If you are not sure where to go or need advice, call NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are visiting a hospital over the weekend, remember to wash your hands at the start and end of your visit, and if you have been unwell in the past 48 hours, we ask that you do not attend to help limit the spread of bacteria and protect vulnerable people in the hospital.