When We Are Closed

outofhoursIf you are unwell or need to obtain medication urgently  in the evening, overnight or at the weekend or during Bank Holidays you have the following options.

Contact the Urgent Care Service on: 111

This service is for urgent medical situations – if you, a member of your family, become ill and you are concerned. It is not for routine enquiries, such as booking an appointment with your GP, repeat prescriptions, test results etc.

If you have a life threatening medical emergency please dial 999

When you ring the NHS 111 Service call centre a trained member of staff will answer the phone and take some details from you. They will pass your details straight over to a doctor or nurse who will ring you back to ask you more about the problem and, with you, will decide the best option for you. Depending on the seriousness of your condition, this might be:

  • Advice over the telephone,
  • A visit to a local treatment centre, or
  • A home visit by a nurse, doctor or paramedic

Calls to the NHS 111 number are free from both landlines and mobiles (although pay-as-you-go mobiles must have at least 1p credit)


SWANAGE HOSPITAL MINOR INJURIES UNIT –offers a walk in service covering the Purbeck area. Nurse led service assessing and treating non-life threatening injuries to adults and children as follows:

  • Injuries to upper and lower limbs •Broken bones, sprains, bruises and wounds to shoulder, upper limbs knee, lower leg, ankle and foot •Bites – human, animal and insect
  • Burns and scalds •Wound infections •Minor head injuries •Foreign bodies in eyes, nose and ear •Minor Ailments - check with the MIU first •Emergency contraception •Minor Asthma attacks.

 The Swanage Minor Injuries Unit is open every day from 8am - 8pm EXCEPT CHRISTMAS DAY WHEN THEY WILL CLOSE AT 3.30PM

To contact the Minor Injuries Unit please telephone: 01929 422282 

Swanage Community Hospital, Queen's Road, Swanage BH19 2ES



Visit a local pharmacy (chemist). Your local paper will have details of pharmacies opening late on weekdays and on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.



If your injury or illness is severe, or you have had a serious accident, or you have a life threatening medical emergency you should call 999 and ask for an ambulance. Or you can visit your local A&E department.


Suspected heart attack, heavy blood loss, suspected broken bones, deep wounds,severed breathing difficulties, a head injury, chest pain or patient is unconscious.




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