As people enjoy the upcoming long weekend and celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, local health and care staff will be working hard to offer people the right care when they need medical help.

Treating anything from a minor ailment through to a life-saving emergency a range of services are available – often 24/7.

There are however, things that local residents and visitors can do to help over what is expected to be a very busy weekend.

Seven ways you can help:

Use NHS services wisely to get the right treatment, in the right place, at the right time

Think NHS 111

111 is available 24/7 throughout the Jubilee weekend.

The team will do their best to answer your call as quickly as possible though it may take a little longer due to the current demand. Please be patient and kind when you get speak to an advisor.

Speak to your GP where you live if you are visiting Dorset

Contact your own GP practice for support or advice on your ongoing or minor health issues.

Get prepared

Contact your own pharmacist or GP practice for ongoing or minor health issues or to get your repeat prescriptions – make use of online services such as eConsult and remote consultations.

Use Digital Health services as an on-demand alternative to in person services

The Digital Health App Library recommends apps that help with a wide range of health conditions, from managing joint and muscular problems, to how to improve mental wellbeing

The Our Dorset Video Library provides advice and guidance on a range of conditions and general health

Healthier Together provides advice for parents, young people and pregnant women Home :: Healthier Together (

Stay at home if you are unwell with Covid-19 or experiencing symptoms of any infectious illness

Covid-19 restrictions have ended but we are still living with the virus.

Only ever call 999 in a medical emergency

This is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.