Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience. We actively work to ensure that our website is accessible and usable by people of all abilities.
Web standards and technologies
This website has been built to comply with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. These technologies are relied upon throughout the site. The site displays correctly in all popular browsers, and degrades gracefully in older browsers.
Viewing as 'Text Only'
To view all of the pages as text only, click on the link 'Text only' shown at the top of every page. This will present all pages without images, in highly visible text.
Please note: To return to normal viewing of pages you must select the link 'View the full, graphic site' shown at the top left of any page.
Increasing the font size
To increase the font size, click the required "A" character shown at the top of every page. Alternatively, you can do this in your browser:
Internet Explorer: choose the drop down menu at the top of the window of the browser marked 'View'. A list of options will appear in the drop down menu - choose 'Text Size' and select your preference
Firefox: choose the drop down menu at the top of the window of the browser marked 'View'. A list of options will appear in the drop down menu - choose 'Zoom' and then 'Zoom In'
We are continually working to maintain the accessibility of this website. If you experience any problem accessing the site then please contact us.
If you are feeling very distressed, despairing or suicidal and need immediate help please contact your GP and request an emergency appointment, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
If your GP surgery is not open, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. If you feel at harm to yourself or from other – go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency.
If you are concerned that someone else is very distressed and might be considering suicide please encourage them to contact their GP and make an emergency appointment. Alternatively you might wish to encourage them to speak to the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are concerned that someone is about to act on thoughts of hurting themselves you might wish help them attend the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. Alternatively, you may choose to contact the Police on 999.
Similarly, if you become concerned that someone is at risk of hurting somebody else
If you feel you need to talk to someone in confidence, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on:
Tel: 116 123
(TEXT MESSAGE ONLY number available on 07725 909090)
There are also local Samaritans branches across Hampshire and Dorset.