Registering with your GP/doctor
A General Practioner (GP) is the first doctor you will see when assessing healthcare. To receive medical treatment, you and your children must register with a GP as soon as possible, even if you are not ill.
Find a GP and register
You will be asked to fill out a registration form and bring identification and proof of your address if you can. Immigration status is not needed to register.
You may be eligible to apply for the NHS low-income scheme for help with health costs such as prescriptions, dental care, and eyesight tests. You can ask your GP practice about this.
Registering with a dentist
You should register with a dentist as an NHS patient and let them know if you are receiving benefits, in which case your check-ups and necessary treatment will be free. If you need to get dental treatment before receiving Universal Credit you will be charged.
You can get additional money from Universal Credit if you have a health condition which means you are unable to work or prepare for work.
For life-threatening emergencies call 999 for an ambulance.
For urgent medical help use the NHS 111 online service or call 111 if you're unable to get help online.
See a list of local hospitals and other healthcare services on the Dorset Healthcare website.
Public Health Dorset provides a range of services to improve the physical and mental health of residents.
Other health and mental health services
Your GP will be able to give guidance and treatment on emotional and mental health as well as physical health.
If you need additional support with anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, you can contact:
If you are experiencing domestic violence and/or abuse in your relationship (physical, sexual, psychological, verbal, emotional and financial abuse), you can contact the National Centre for Domestic Violence on telephone: 0800 970 2070 or visit their website.
If you are in immediate danger, you should call 999.