NHS partners have today launched a campaign to encourage people holidaying in and around Dorset to find the best place to get treatment should they need it.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the different options available when people need care and where they can best be treated. Choosing the right care can help people be seen quicker and can help ease pressure on local services, ensuring urgent care is available for those people most in need.

As part of the campaign, Stay Well postcards are being distributed to local accommodation venues which give details of what is available in the county.

  • Pharmacy

Pharmacists can help with a range of things including sunburn, coughs and colds. They can also help with access to medicines that you may have previously been prescribed.

  • NHS 111

NHS 111 offers help and advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Advisors can also make you an appointment with a local GP service if appropriate.

  • Urgent Care

Local urgent care services can help with urgent care that isn’t life threatening along with other common ailments. There are 8 Minor Injuries Units in Dorset along with an Urgent Treatment Centre in Weymouth.

  • Emergency Care

Emergency Departments (also known as Accident and Emergency or A&E) should only be used in a life threatening situation. Please call 999 and ask for an ambulance.

The campaign is also encouraging visitors to download WaitLess – a recently launched app which combines travel and waiting times, allowing people to choose which service to use when they need urgent care. WaitLess is available for both Apple and Android devices via the appropriate app store.

For more information on local services and how to get the right care at the right time visit www.staywelldorset.nhs.uk.