Following the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, the Government has declared 19 September will be a Bank Holiday.

Some health services may be affected by this, so please ensure you know how to get the right care if you need it.

Find out in advance if your usual practice will be open

Some GP practices in Dorset will be closed for appointments on 19 September. Please visit your practice website to find out if this affects you.

Use NHS 111 and your local Minor Injuries Unit

If you need urgent medical help for something that is not life-threatening and can’t wait for you to see your GP 111 is available 24/7 via or by calling 111.

Minor injuries units and urgent care centres can help. To find your local Minor Injuries Unit visit

Dental treatment

If you need urgent dental treatment this bank holiday, contact your regular dentist, if you cannot contact your dentist use NHS 111 online for information about your local out of hours service.


Some local Pharmacies may have different opening hours during a bank holiday search “find a pharmacy NHS” to find an open pharmacy near you.

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Be prepared

Get your repeat prescriptions in advance if possible and always have a well-stocked medicine cabinet.

Use Digital Health services

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

The Our Dorset Video Library provides advice and guidance on a range of conditions and general health

Healthier Together provides advice for parents, young people and pregnant

Call 999 in a medical emergency

This is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.

Please stay at home if you are unwell with Covid-19 or experiencing symptoms of any infectious illness.