Bank Holiday Checklist

1. USE NHS SERVICES WISELY

1.USE NHS SERVICES WISELY

Use NHS services wisely to get the right treatment, in the right place, at the right time. Our hospital emergency departments are under extreme pressure.

2. THINK NHS 111

2. THINK NHS 111

If you have an urgent need that cannot wait until you can access your GP visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111.   We’ll do our very 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 speak to our teams.

3. SPEAK TO YOUR GP

3. SPEAK TO YOUR GP

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.

4. GET PREPARED!

4. GET PREPARED!

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.

5. USE DIGITAL HEALTH SERVICES

5. USE DIGITAL HEALTH SERVICES

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

  1. 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 https://ourdorset.orcha.co.uk
  2. The Our Dorset Video Library provides advice and guidance on a range of conditions and general health https://healthvideos.ourdorset.nhs.uk
  3. Healthier Together provides advice for parents, young people and pregnant women Home: Healthier Together (what0-18.nhs.uk)

6. STAY HOME IF YOU HAVE COVID-19

6. STAY HOME IF YOU HAVE COVID-19

Covid-19 restrictions have ended but cases are still very high. Stay at home if you are unwell with Covid-19 or experiencing symptoms of any infectious illness.

  • Get vaccinated– for the latest information visit dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-service
  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors– meeting outdoors is safer
  • Consider wearing a face covering
  • Stay at home and avoid contact with others if you’re feeling unwell to avoid passing Covid-19 and other infectious diseases on to other people, particularly those who are most vulnerable
  • Wash your hands regularly and cover coughs and sneezes

7. ONLY CALL 999 FOR EMERGENCIES

7. ONLY CALL 999 FOR EMERGENCIES

Only ever call 999 in a medical emergency – this is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.

Dr Forbes Watson, local Dorset GP and Chair of the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Please stop and think this weekend if you need medical help.

“The NHS and its partners are under continued pressure as demand remains incredibly high and at the same time Covid-19 continues to impact local services.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure services remain available to everyone in Dorset when they need them. By using them appropriately you can really support both us, and those people who need our help”.