NHS services are here for you this coming Bank Holiday – Friday May 8 – for those that need them despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pharmacies, minor injuries units, and hospital emergency departments are all available for people who need them, but you may have to access them in different ways than you have in the past.

Weymouth’s Urgent Treatment Centre and minor injuries units (MIUs) at Bridport, Shaftesbury, Swanage and Wimborne hospitals are still running, but by appointment only. You can no longer walk into these services.

If you have an ailment or injury which requires urgent care, 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.

And 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.

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 at 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

Many community pharmacies will be open for a minimum of three hours on Friday 8 May with some pharmacies being open longer. Please check the NHS website or your pharmacy’s own website for details.

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.

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

“We are grateful to all the people who are following the government guidance about staying at home and socially distancing and this has been critical to reducing the spread of the virus, and protecting the NHS.

“However, 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.”

Bank holiday opening times for Weymouth’s Urgent Treatment Centre and Dorset’s minor injuries units (MIUs). 

For the most up to date information  please visit the Dorset HealthCare website.


Service Fri 8 May Bank holiday Sat 9 May Sun 10 May
Shaftesbury MIU 0800 – 2000 0800 – 2000 0800 – 2000
Swanage MIU 0800 – 2000 0800 – 2000 0800 – 2000
Wimborne MIU 0800 – 2000 0800 – 2000 0800 – 2000
Weymouth UTC 0800 – 2000 0800 – 2000 0800 – 2000
Bridport MIU 09.00-18.00 09.00-18.00 09.00-18.00