Visitors to Dorset are being asked to support the NHS over the half term by choosing the right health services during what is usually a busy holiday period.

With hospital emergency departments continuing to see extreme pressure, local health and care partners are asking both residents and visitors to the area to think about the most appropriate service for them before they seek help.

Use NHS services wisely to get the right treatment, in the right place, at the right time. Our hospital emergency departments are under extreme pressure.

Use a local pharmacy

To find a pharmacy in Dorset use the national NHS service at

Think NHS 111

If you have an urgent need that cannot wait until you can access your usual GP, visit or call 111.

When you use the 111 service you will be given advice or booked in for a face-to-face appointment at the right place for your needs.

We are not currently experiencing outbreaks of measles in Dorset but if you are visiting and are concerned your child may have come into contact with someone who has measles, or they are displaying symptoms get help from NHS 111.

Contact your usual GP practice

Contact your own GP practice for support or advice on your ongoing or minor health issues.

Only ever call 999 in a medical emergency

Call 999 and ask for an ambulance when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.