CARE watchdog Healthwatch Dorset is reminding people it is here to help them as local health services come under increasing pressure due to coronavirus.

The county's independent health group gathers public feedback about health services while providing an information and advice service to help people find out about support.

Healthwatch Dorset manager Louise Bate said: “Coronavirus is having a huge impact on how health and social care services are being delivered locally. These are challenging and unsettling times for everyone.

"We recognise that keeping up to date with information and advice can be difficult in such a fast-changing situation, but we are here to help. We are in regular contact with health and social care providers in Dorset, so that we have the most up to date information to share with the public about how to access the services and support they need.

"Sometimes just talking to someone about what to do and where to go can be reassuring, so please get in touch if you need our help.”

As part of its ongoing work promoting public feedback to influence positive change in local health and social care services, Healthwatch Dorset wants to hear from local people about how coronavirus has affected their access to care.

Feedback will be analysed to help highlight what works well and to identify where things need to be improved.

For information, call 0300 111 0102 or email enquiries@healthwatchdorset.co.uk.