NHS services are #HereForYou for you this coming Bank Holiday Monday with people being urged to get the help they need despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although there may be different ways to access services pharmacies, minor injuries units, and hospital emergency departments are all available for people who need them.

Weymouth’s Urgent Treatment Centre and minor injuries units (MIUs) at Bridport, Shaftesbury, Swanage and Wimborne hospitals are still running, but by appointment only.

Please call your local MIU, 01305 762541 or 111 and you will be given advice or booked in for a face-to-face appointment at the appropriate site.

You can no longer walk into these services.

If you or someone you are with has an emergency or is in a life-threatening situation, don’t hesitate call 999. For everything else, call 111 or go to 111 online.

Pharmacists and their teams are an essential part of the NHS and need your help and support during the coronavirus pandemic. Always treat our staff with respect, they are doing their best to provide you with the medicines and advice you need.

Please check the NHS website or your pharmacy’s own website for details.

Dr Karen Kirkham, Dorset GP and Integrated Care System Clinical Lead & Assistant Clinical Chair, NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“Whilst we are grateful to everyone who is following the government guidance on social distancing and limiting contact with other people to reduce the spread of the virus, this has to be balanced with the need to access urgent help if people feel they need care this bank holiday weekend.

People can use 111 on-line or by telephone for non-emergencies and the 111 team will advise you on what to do, or call 999 for life threatening situations. Please do not delay to seek help in an emergency.

Your local NHS is there to support you.”

For the most up to date opening times for Weymouth’s Urgent Treatment Centre and Dorset’s Minor Injuries Units please visit the Dorset HealthCare website.

As well as looking after your physical health, looking after your mental health is equally important.

If you need support, there are a number of ways you can get help.

Visit the Dorset HealthCare website www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk for more information or call the 24/7 Connection helpline on 0300 123 5440.

Online support is also available on the Steps2Wellbeing website – www.steps2wellbeing.co.uk

For the latest on COVID-19 visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.