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Advice over Christmas and New Year

The Christmas and New Year period are always busy times for A&E departments, and this year is set to be no exception. As ever, we would ask the public to use health services appropriately and responsibly to ensure that our valuable resources can be prioritised for those in need of urgent life-saving care.

Poole Hospital exteriorFor non-emergency care, a range of alternatives are available, including extended opening hours at some GP practices, drop-in sessions at health centres and minor injuries units, pharmacies and the NHS 111 telephone service. Full details of these can be found on

We ask the public not to attend hospital if they have, or recently had, flu or other winter illnesses like norovirus.

To support the hospital to provide effective care, nearly 90 per cent of frontline staff have had a flu vaccination this winter, helping to protect not only themselves but their patients, colleagues and family too.

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