A spokesperson for NHS Dorset CCG “There are significant pressures on the NHS as a result of the severe weather. We are keen to keep patients and staff safe. We have asked General Practices to ensure patients are able to access essential services but some patients who are booked in for routine appointments are likely to be asked to attend their surgery once the severe weather has passed. The severe weather is likely to have an ongoing impact on services so we would advise people to check with their local practice before attending any appointments. If you need care or advice please consider calling 111 and in an emergency please continue to call 999.”