The NHS may have changed how some services are delivered in response to COVID-19 but it is still here to help, and local partners are asking people who need help over the Christmas break to help by choosing the most appropriate care.   

If you do become ill, go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111 for help or advice.  

You will be given advice or booked in for a face-to-face appointment at the appropriate site.  

This could be a Minor Injuries Unit or Urgent Treatment Centre.  

If appropriate you may be offered a timed arrival slot at the local Emergency Department. 

Pharmacists and their teams are an essential part of the NHS are doing their best to provide you with the medicines and advice you need. 

To find your nearest pharmacy visit www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy. 

Following the announcement from the Government on Sunday 12 December, GP practices across the country are stepping up their efforts to deliver life-saving COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to patients. Dorset is no exception. 

As a result, routine and non-urgent primary care appointments may be moved or postponed until the new year. 

If you have an urgent need, you will still be able to make a face-to-face, phone or video appointment with a member of your practice team. Urgent tests and screening will also continue. 

Visit your practice website to find out they best way of accessing services, or if you aren’t online give them a call.  

If you or someone you are with has an emergency or is in a life-threatening situation, don’t hesitate call 999 

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