People from the New Forest are being urged to attend important drop in meetings about changes to NHS healthcare in Dorset.

Local GPs are encouraging residents to make sure their voices are heard in the consultation.

There are three drop in sessions in February:

  • Tuesday 7 February – Ringwood Meeting House, 5 – 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 8 February – Ringwood Meeting House, 10am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 February – Bransgore Village Hall, 4 – 7.30pm.

Professor Johnny Lyon-Maris, a New Forest GP and locality lead for NHS West Hampshire CCG, said:

“The NHS needs to change to face the challenges ahead and the case for change in Dorset is strong.  That’s why people who care about NHS service in Dorset should tell us what they think about these plans.

“I appeal to everyone who lives near the Dorset border to find out about these possible changes, how they would be affected and take part in this consultation.”

Last December, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a three-month consultation on proposals that could see major changes to hospital and community care services in the county:

  • Royal Bournemouth Hospital to become the major emergency hospital with an  emergency department for major injuries or illness
  • Poole Hospital to become the major planned care hospital with a 24-hour urgent care centre to treat most minor injuries.

To find out more about the consultation visit  where there is an interactive online map.

Those who do not use the internet can find out where to find out more by calling 01202 541946.