A DORSET surgery has closed "as a precautionary measure" due to concerns of a suspected coronavirus contact.

Wareham Surgery announced on Facebook they have shut temporarily and online booking is unavailable "during the coronavirus outbreak".

The post read: "Wareham Surgery is temporarily closed as a precautionary measure because of concerns of a suspected Covid-19 contact in the surgery.

"We will update as soon as we have any further information.

"Please note online booking is unavailable during the coronavirus outbreak - please use econsult to access services."

A spokesperson for Wareham Surgery said: "An individual who has been identified as a possible COVID-19 case has recently attended Wareham Surgery.

"To protect other patients and members of the public, in line with Public Health England (PHE) guidance, the surgery closed for cleaning to remove any potential risk for patients.

"Once the cleaning is complete, the practice will reopen and we anticipate we will be able to open as usual today (March 10). Patients and staff can be reassured that their safety is the top priority, and patients are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual. 

"Call 111 if you need help or advice."

Further updates will be made available via the Wareham Surgery Facebook page and website.

There are currently three confirmed coronavirus cases in Dorset.

Over the past 24 hours, it has been reported that positive tests have come to light concerning a student from Bournemouth University, a staff member at Clarks in Poole and a member at The Gym Poole.