If you find yourself falling ill over the winter period and are unsure who to contact, you can call 111 to seek both medical and dental advice. Why not sign up to our Health and Wellbeing newsletter to hear the latest ways to stay well this winter. Other options include:
Visit your GP
Did you know that many GPs can offer advice over the phone and can arrange a referral to a hospital specialist if it is required. Contact them first to book an appointment or to have a chat if you can not get to the surgery.
Some local GPs will be running additional weekend clinics which are available to anyone registered at a GP practice in Dorset.
Visit your local Minor Injuries Unit or Walk-in Centre
Minor Injuries units should be visited if you have sustained an injury that is not serious or life-threatening. Visiting the MIU means that A&E staff can concentrate on those patients who need help urgently first, and may save you a long wait to be seen.
Find your nearest and check the opening times of your Minor Injuries Unit.
Get protected against flu
Every year the NHS offers a free vaccination against flu to people who are considered to be at risk. If you're in one of these risk groups, you're more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia a lung infection. Check now to see if you are eligible for a free flu jab or speak to your local GP/pharmacy.
Visit the pharmacy
The majority of colds and flu like illnesses will be over in a few days and your pharmacist can help you manage the symptoms and give you practical advice. There are over 150 pharmacies in Dorset, within communities, in out of town shopping centres and the high street. Many are open evenings and weekends. Pharmacies offer a wide range of services; many also have private consultation rooms if you would like to speak in confidence. If you're picking up a prescription, give your pharmacist a day's notice in order to prepare. Find your local pharmacy.