Find out more about local health services in Dorset.
Know where to go and where you can access health and wellbeing services and support.
If you have an urgent but not-life-threatening medical need, make sure you visit NHS 111 online first rather than going straight to A&E. NHS 111 online will help you right away and, if needed, a healthcare professional will call you.
NHS e-Referral service
The NHS e-Referral Service is a national electronic referral service that allows you to choose the place, time and date for your first outpatient appointment. You may be able to book it in the GP surgery at the point of referral, or later at home on the phone or online. You can find out more about e-Referral Service on the NHS Dorset website.
Your choices in the NHS
In many cases you have the legal right to choose where you have your NHS treatment. The NHS is offering more and more options to enable you to make choices that best suit your circumstances, giving you greater control of your care, and hopefully better results.