Covid - 19 Info Hub
NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group Coronavirus Update 17 April 2020
We want to stay in touch with the local people and communities that we regularly link with.
We'll be using our Feedback bulletin to keep you updated on COVID-19 developments and, importantly, to share information with you, from confirmed reputable sources, to help you and your families stay well and in the best of health during this difficult time.
We welcome any feedback from readers and any suggestions for inclusion in future editions.
In this edition:
- Local news and updates including accessing GP services about non-Covid-19 health care concerns - listen to Doctor Karen Kirkham's BBC Radio Solent interview
- Our NHS - here for you
- Carers support
- Volunteering and accessing volunteer support
- Your mental health and wellbeing
Local news and updates
Accessing GP services about non-Covid-19 health concerns
Dorset GPs are asking the public not to let concerns about Covid-19 prevent you from contacting them about other health concerns. Please don't attend in person but contact your surgery by phone or online using the e-consult forms found on your practice website. GPs will discuss your concerns with you and will invite you to come to the surgery where necessary.
Children's immunisations - please call your GP if your child is due to be immunised.
Listen to Doctor Karen Kirkham's BBC Radio Solent interview
Changes to GP services in Dorset to help manage COVID demand
Read the latest Government updates and guidance on COVID-19
COVID 19 advice leaflets are available in alternative languages.
Healthwatch Survey - Share your experiences of accessing health and care services during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Our NHS is here for you
The NHS continues to provide the services that you need.
In life-threatening or emergency situations please call 999 or attend our Accident and Emergency departments as usual.
If you need urgent care - please contact us by phone or try to use our online services. Minor Injuries Units and GP practices are open to provide advice. Where necessary they will ask you to attend in person.
If you need help now, but it’s not an emergency you can also visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111
Hospital appointments - it is important that you attend your hospital and antenatal appointments unless these can postponed or can be carried out online. Your clinic will be able to provide advice so please do contact them.
Health Apps - prescription orders, online consultations, and more. We've reviewed the best health apps available.
The NHS UK website also has advice on how to access online health services
Minor Injuries Services in Dorset - contact numbers, temporary changes and opening hours
Visit Maternity Matters for information and tips about caring for yourself, your baby, attending your antenatal appointmens and read how maternity services are operating during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Urgent dental care service
Support for carers
We're in this together.
We know that in the current situation carers are under enormous pressure. We hope that the information resources below will help carers across the county access the help and information they need.
Dorset Council area
Carers support Dorset provides information, support and Coronavirus advice for carers. You can also contact Dorset council's carer support team on tel 0800 368 8349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) area
CRISP provides information, support and Coronavirus advice for carers. Contact them on tel 01202 458204 or email: email@example.com
Carers UK provides national coronavirus updates.
HM Government advice on looking after your own mental health, and those that you care for, including children, young people, and people who have physical disabilities, learning disabilities and autism.
Volunteering and accessing volunteer support
We're in this together.
All you need to know about volunteering or accessing volunteer support in the Dorset Council area
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP)
All you need to know about volunteering or accessing volunteer support in the BCP Council area
Your Mental Health and Wellbeing
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is going to affect everyone’s daily lives, including our mental health and wellbeing. We hope that the information here will help.
- Livewell Dorset's looking after our emotional health and wellbeing
- Dorset Mind - supporting local people with mental health challenges
- Action for Happiness - daily actions for April 2020 .
- Kooth - confidential online counselling and advice for young people, aged 11-18 with online live chat
- Childline - counselling for young people with webchat or tel - 0800 1111
- Silverline – 24hr support and chat for over 55’s Tel 0800 4708090
- Samaritans – tel 116123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Domestic abuse - Dorset Police and your local council are here to help. Safelives also has
- a local helpline tel 0800 032 5204 and a National 24hr helpline (run by Refuge) tel 0808 2000 247
- Alcoholics Anonymous - finding help for drinking problems, wherever you live
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Please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Local Area Support
The Longburton Facebook Group is good area to ask for or offer help to fellow residents and to keep up with all of the local news: https://www.facebook.com/groups/679623532461401/
About coronavirus (COVID-19)
Read general information such as: