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Coronavirus Update-3 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:

  • An urgent appeal from Dorset doctors
  • Your mental health and wellbeing
  • How you can volunteer
  • How you can get volunteer support
  • Volunteer Support for pharmacies

Dorset Doctors Urgent Appeal. 
Anyone can spread Coronavirus
Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives in Dorset.

Our call to you comes as NHS services in Dorset are gearing up for changes to help people affected by the Coronavirus and every hospital, NHS service, and GP practice is preparing as fast as we can to support our community.

All agencies in Dorset and nationally are working together to take all the necessary steps to contain and delay the spread of the virus and to ensure we are well prepared for increases in cases across Dorset.

We’ve been totally overwhelmed by the local support for the NHS and its staff – your support means so much. But we need your help further.

We’d like to appeal to you personally to help your NHS frontline by staying at home. You can save lives

Read more and listen to Dr Karen Kirkham's appeal
Read the latest Government updates and guidance on COVID-19 

Your Mental Health and Wellbeing 
Volunteering in
Dorset council and BCP council areas

We're in this together. 
The response to national and local appeals has been tremendous but we still need more help to support vulnerable people in our communities.  Could you help with:

  • Collection of medicines from pharmacies
  • Shopping for food and other essential items
  • Providing information and advice
  • Befriending an elderly or vulnerable person by making regular telephone calls to reduce their feeling of isolation. 

All you need to know about volunteering in Dorset Council area
Register as a volunteer with Dorset Volunteer Centre or call 01305 269214 or e-mail: 

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP)
All you need to know about volunteering in BCP Council area or Community Action Network
Register as a volunteer with Community Action Network  or call: 01202 466130 or e-mail:

Do you or someone you know need volunteer support?

We're in this together. 
Please use the contacts below to request the support that you need.  Volunteers can help you with shopping for food and other essential items, medicines collections and a good friendly telephone chat. 

Dorset council area
Dorset Council are coordinating requests for help . Call them 7 days a week on 01305 221000 or email  Alternatively you can contact Age UK 01305 269444 or email  
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP)
BCP and Community Action Network are coordinating requests for help and have a dedicated helpline 0300 123 7052 . 

Pharmacy volunteer support

We're in this together. 
Pharmacies needing volunteers in the Dorset council area should complete the form sent to them by Volunteer Centre Dorset (VCD), who will match them with an appropriate volunteer supplied by VCD.

Community Pharmacies needing volunteers in BCP Council area should complete the form they have been sent on PharmOutcomes.  The request information is then sent to Community Action Network (CAN), who will match them with appropriate volunteers supplied by CAN. 

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Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions. 

With kind regards from all at NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group