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Coronavirus Update - 6 May 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:

  • Bank holiday weekend information
  • Your NHS - Here For You 
  • NHS services - Here For You
  • Every Mind Matters
  • Carers' support
  • Volunteering and accessing volunteer support
Your NHS - Here For You

Bank Holiday weekend - 8 May 2020

NHS services are here for you this Bank Holiday weekend.
Pharmacies, minor injuries units, and hospital emergency departments are all available for people who need them, but you may have to access them in different ways. 
Find out more.
 
Dorset's NHS services - here for you

Leading clinical leaders across Dorset are encouraging local people to seek the medical advice and support they need during COVID-19.

Dr Karen Kirkham, Dorset GP and Integrated Care System Clinical Lead & Assistant Clinical Chair, NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The current guidelines from the Government ask you to stay at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and this remains the best way of reducing transmission of the virus. Interview with Doctor Karen Kirkham.  

“However whilst people are rightly concerned about contracting COVID-19, we want people living in and around Dorset to seek the medical help they feel they need, and not delay and potentially store up more problems."

Read more from Dr Karen Kirkham and other leading Dorset clinicians on:
child immunisations
advice for mums-to-be
pharmacy services
urgent care services
hospital appointments


Read the latest Government updates and guidance on COVID-19

NHS services - Here for you 

Cancer
If you have symptoms that you’re worried could be cancer it is important that you still seek advice, so please contact your GP surgery by phone or submit an online form using the e-consult form which can be found on GP websites.  The Cancer Matters website has more information.

For more information about what to do if you have cancer symptoms visit the Cancer Research UK website  
The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals and Poole Hospital NHS Trusts have provided advice for cancer patients currently under their care. 
Dorset County Hospital has published information about cancer care for patients under their care.
Macmillan Cancer Support and
Cancer Research UK have provided Corona virus guidance for people living with cancer.

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters - For simple steps to look after your mental wellbeing
Connection is a round-the-clock helpline for people of all ages in Dorset experiencing mental health problems
Livewell Dorset  looking after our emotional health and wellbeing
Dorset Mind - supporting local people with mental health challenges
Silverline – 24hr support and chat for over 55s Tel 0800 4708090
Independent Age - provides advice and information for older people including an online grief chat
Samaritans – tel 116123 or email jo@samaritans.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.

Support for carers 

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

Carer 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 admin@carersupportdorset.co.uk

Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) area

CRISP provides information, support and Coronavirus advice for carers. Contact them on tel 01202 458204 or email: carersupport@bcpcouncil.gov.uk 

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 

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Please do not hesitate to contact us at communications@dorsetccg.nhs.uk if you have any questions. 

With kind regards from all at NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group