Local Services




Age UK Dorchester 

Offer 'Reach Out' befriending for support and encouragement. Also will writing services, exercise classes and cognitive simulation therapy sessions.


Bumps (Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy) 

Provided by the UK Teratology Information Service and is funded by Public Health England. 


Co-dependents Anonymous Outreach

A twelve step support group focusing towards developing healthy relationship and freedom from turmoil in relationships with others and ourselves.

Email for general enquiries: enquiries@coda-uk.org


Dorset Community Action

Provide a professional business support service in assisting local community, voluntary and social enterprises.


Dorset Mind Your Head

Offer support groups, counselling, education and befriending for children.


Dorset Musculoskeletal (MSK) Services

Please click on the following link for details regarding this service: Patient Information Leaflet


Dorset Pain Management Service

Learn new skills to help you manage your pain


Dorset NHS funded Termination of Pregnancy Service

Dorset CCG have commissioned Marie Stopes to provide early medical abortion services which is up to a gestation limit of 9 weeks + 6 days.  Any later gestation, or for women opting for a surgical procedure will be referred back into local NHS services.

Patients can self-refer without the need for a GP appointment. The service is accessed through a Central Booking System, tel: 03457 304030.

Patients can call this number to access Marie Stopes services, talk through their options, book treatment or receive specialist clinical advice from our nursing team and counsellors.

They aim to provide initial consultations within 48 hours and have capacity to provide treatment in clinics in Poole and Bournemouth

See also
  • Poole clinic; Lifeboat Quay Medical Centre, Unit A Lifeboat Quay, Poole, BH15 1AE    (weekly Wednesdays and Thursdays)
  • Bournemouth clinic; Shelley Manor, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5 1LX  (weekly Mondays and Tuesdays)

Family Counselling Trust

A registered charity which provides early intervention counselling to children and young people (up to the age of 18) with emotional and mental health difficulties, particularly in families on limited means who would otherwise not receive a service.

Information about this service, including contact details, may be found here.


Family Services in Dorset



Designed to provide support and guidance through making lasting changes for a healthy lifestyle.

Click here to view their poster which includes further details and contact information.


Healthier Together

An NHS website providing the latest advice, support and reassurance for parents/carers who are worried about their child's health and wellbeing.

Click here to view their poster.


Help and Kindness

Access information about help and support offered across Dorset.


Hip and knee replacements

Click here to view Dorset Medical Decision Aids provided by NHS Dorset CCG for patients who are considering either total knee or total hip replacement.

The interactive programs include information regarding what the surgery would involve, the benefits and possible problems that may be associated with it. (You will need to register first).


'How Are You?' Health Quiz

  • Find out how your current life-style could be impacting your health
  • Get support to make positive changes, such as healthier eating, stopping smoking and cutting down on drinking or getting active
  • Receive a health score and personalised advice
  • Be signposted to a range of Public Health England apps to support your health and well-being

Click here to complete the quiz! 


LiveWell Dorset

A free advice and coaching service for adults (aged 18+) who live in Dorset.  The service is offered to support and advise people who would like to change their lifestyle. 

The services provided include:

  • Get Active
  • Lose Weight
  • Stop Smoking
  • Drink Less.  

Take your next steps to live well

Animation video about pre-diabetes:

Find them on facebook


Marie Stopes Clinics (sexual health and termination of pregnancy support)

Marie Stopes clinics are offered throughout Dorset via the NHS to patients who need support with anything regarding sexual health and pregnancy matters.  You can self-refer without visitingspeaking to a GP via telephone number 0345 450 3964.  


Maternity Matters Dorset

A guide to maternity options and services in Dorset.

If you have urgent concerns or think you are in labour please telephone 0300 369 0388.


My Health My Way

A service providing supported self-care for people who have a health condition which significantly affects their lifestyle. The service helps with building confidence and overcoming difficulties in many ways.


My Life My Care

Offer information, advice and help for living safely and independently in your home.


National Diabetes Audit

This Practice is taking part in an important national project called the National Diabetes Audit. It is about people who are at risk of diabetes and also diabetes care/treatment within the NHS.

Below are links to further information regarding the audit:


NHS Apps Library

Find digital tools which are designed to help you manage and improve your health.


NHS Community Medical Eye Service

Not all eye conditions need to be seen/treated in hospital. For certain eye conditions, you can be seen in an NHS community clinic sooner and at a more convenient time for you (the average wait for an appointment is currently within 4 weeks).

For details regarding this service, including contact details and conditions treated, please click on the following links: 


NHS Services

If you become unwell or have an accident, you can check that you and your family are using the correct service by clicking here to view advice from the Dorset CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group).

It can help you to save time and sometimes save lives by using the most appropriate NHS service.


People First Dorset

A charity for people who have learning disabilities, aiming to help with:

  • Learning important skills and becoming more confident and independent
  • Improving health and well-being
  • Improving services to better meet needs
  • Raising public awareness about learning disabilities

Click here to view the website.


Physiotherapy Self-Referral Service

You can now refer yourself to see a physiotherapist without needing to discuss with your GP first.  If you are registered with a GP practice in Dorset and are over the age of 16 years, visit MSK Dorset and complete the self-referral form.

Further information can also be read here


Picnic in the Parks

Visit the website to explore this Dorset-inspired park - find inspiration, discover new experiences, enjoy fun health and nature-related activities.


Stay Well Dorset

Information on how to keep well all year round.


Steps 2 Wellbeing

A free, NHS service available for people aged 18+ and is provided in the county of Dorset and also in Southampton. Referrals are accepted through the web and by telephone. You can either self-refer to this service or be referred by your doctor and other healthcare professionals.

A range of treatments is offered for problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc.



A community support and educational group for people who suffer with eating disorders and their carers.


Veteran Friendly

We are an Armed Forces Veteran Accredited practice and have processes in place to help all current and ex-service men and women.  Please let us know if you are an ex-serviceman or woman so that we can annotate your record and provide you access to any services.

The Veterans Gateway has now been made available via an App. Based on your location, you can access the support you need with finances, housing, employment, relationship, physical and mental health, and more.  The directory, which is intuitive and easy to use, groups all NHS facilities across the country, and over 2,000 charitable organisations. You can either use the map tool to look for organisations in your area, or search by name, post code, or descriptive words (e.g. financial support).  There is a range of Covid-19 advice available through the app.

Other resources can be read by clicking on the following links: Top tips for veterans and Patient charter

If you would like to read information from the NHS regarding Armed Forces healthcare briefing and latest updates on COVID-19, please click here.

Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service


WaitLess App

Designed to help you find the quickest access to the best care.

The app provides the current waiting times, opening hours and directions to all urgent care centres in Dorset, east Kent and Northampton.


Useful Documents