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Treatment and service information for the bank holiday weekend

The bank holiday weekend is almost upon us. If you require healthcare services or treatment over the long weekend it is important to know what and where they are and how to use them correctly. Sometimes your nearest hospital may not be the most appropriate place for your needs.

Please see below the care provision available to you in Dorset over the bank holiday weekend:

Pharmacies

Pharmacies offer a lot more than just a place to collect a prescription – they can advise you on how to treat a variety of minor illnesses or conditions. There are over 150 in Dorset alone so you will always have one near-by. What’s more pharmacies in Dorset have private consultation rooms so you can speak with them in confidence if you need to.

No matter where you are, you can search for your nearest pharmacy on http://www.nhs.uk/.

Need to see a doctor? NHS 111 can help

If you need to see a doctor but can’t get to your local practice you may be able to be seen outside of normal practice hours.

Call 111 and if appropriate, the advisor will be able to schedule you an appointment with a GP – it may not be your usual one - at a local venue. If you could be better treated elsewhere, they will be able to direct you to the best place to suit your needs. 111 is free to call at all times.

Experiencing a mental health problem?

If you are affected by a mental health issues over the bank holidays and are not already known to local mental health services, call 111 or contact your GP. If you are a service user already, you can access services via your Community Mental Health Team or the out of hours GP service.

Accessing social care out of hours

Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council both offer out of hours’ access to social care for adults and children. These services can provide emergency cover and access to essential services at times when other services may be closed.

Further information can be found on their respective website or by calling

Dorset Council – 01305 858250

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) - 01202 657279

Emergency care

If you or someone you are with finds themselves in a life-threatening situation call 999 and ask for an ambulance. You will be taken to most appropriate place for your needs which in some case may not be your nearest hospital.

For more information on the full range of health services and how to access them visit www.nhs.uk/staywell.


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