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Updated 20 January 2023

During the Royal College of Nursing industrial action on 18 and 19 January we will be making sure that we have adequate staffing levels to keep patients safe. Here is some key information about our services and how you can help us continue to provide care for those who need us most.

Visiting Guidance

Relatives and friends of patients in hospital will be able to visit general inpatient wards at any time between 10am and 8pm during Wednesday 18 January and Thursday 19 January, rather than being restricted to the usual ward visiting hours.

While all our wards will be safely staffed during the industrial action, additional support from families and friends would be welcomed during this time so that our nursing staff can focus on clinical care - for example, to assist with mealtimes.

For all other visiting guidance please visit our visitor guidance webpage.


We will be continuing to run as many of our services as possible during the industrial action on Wednesday 18 January and Thursday 19 January.

Please attend your hospital appointment as planned unless you hear from us directly.

Any patients affected will be contacted by us. Please do check your voicemail before attending your appointment as we may leave a message if we are unable to reach you.

Patient Discharge

Help us get patients who are ready for discharge home so our hospital beds are available for people who need them most urgently.

Most patients will continue to recover at home once they leave hospital. In fact, many patients need to leave hospital to be able to complete their recovery fully.

Staying in hospital for longer than necessary has a negative impact on how well patients recover.

Please speak to the ward team if you need more information and respond quickly to any calls from us about your relative leaving hospital.

You can find more information on our website here on our visitor guidance page.

Emergency Care and Minor Injuries Units

Emergency care will continue to be available during the industrial action.

For a life-threatening emergency you should still call 999.

If you need medical help, but it's not an emergency, visit 111.nhs.uk  or call 111 for medical advice.

Minor injuries care will be available from three sites in Dorset during the industrial action. Read more.