About Our Dorset Digital

Our Dorset Digital develop and embed digital healthcare tools and technologies to support Dorset residents, NHS staff and frontline teams.

Our mission is to empower self-care and enable the people of Dorset to confidently manage their health, mental health, wellbeing and
long-term conditions.

Long-term Condition Management
Health and Care App Library
Self-Diagnostic and Screening

Find out more about other digital services

Our Dorset Health and Care Video Library
Dorset Care Record
WaitLess App
My MHealth
Self-test for Kidney Disease Trial


The myCOPD app can better help you self-manage your condition, especially in light of COVID-19.

The app offers many features including: education courses, inhaler videos, symptom tracking, medication diary and self-management planning.

If you have been referred to myCOPD by your clinical team, please watch these short videos to learn more about the platform and how using myCOPD helped Paul.

Visit the myCOPD website

Online Health and Care App Library

Apps and digital health solutions are growing as a natural part of the day-to-day management of health and care conditions. This provides apps that are secure with your data privacy and have been proven in clinical safety to support you in your own home.

Visit the Health and Care App Library

The NHS App

This app enables you to check your symptoms and find help when you need it urgently with 111 online, as well as links for health information. You can also view your GP medical record securely and order repeat prescriptions.

Download the app
Download the app
Find out more about the NHS App

Online Consultations

Our online consultations are powered by the platform eConsult. This allows patients to submit their symptoms or requests to their own GP electronically, and offers around the clock NHS self-help information, signposting to services, and a symptom checker.

Find out more about eConsult

Online Video Consultations

Your GP or healthcare professional may offer you a video consultation as an alternative to face-to-face consultations. This can help make life easier for you by reducing the need to travel to a clinic for appointments, saving you money and time.

  • 95% of patients would be likely to recommend video consultation to a friend or family member
  • 95% of patients found their appointment easy or very easy to access
  • 93% of patients felt that video consultation was an appropriate alternative to a face-to-face appointment
  • Over 50,000 video consultations have taken place in secondary care since March 2020.

“I’m really appreciative of the video consultation option. As my mother’s carer, it’s fantastic not to have to disturb her by taking her all the way into hospital. I hope this will remain an option, as it’s really brilliant for those of us who have internet access and enough IT skills to handle it.”

“Avoided perceived worries regarding COVID-19”.

“Although I wasn’t confident in my technology capabilities, the video consultation was really straightforward and helpful. Would definitely do it again rather than travel to hospital.”

“I have twins and taking them both to hospital is very difficult unless my husband takes time off work.”
“I felt more [comfortable] to talk about anything as I was at home. I did not have the ‘white shirt’ problem”.


What is Hypertension?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension or raised blood pressure, is when your blood pressure, the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels, is consistently too high. Around a third of adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many will not realise it. The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked. High blood pressure rarely has noticeable symptoms, but persistent and untreated high blood pressure can increase the risk of several serious and potentially life-threatening health conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.

Remote monitoring for people with high blood pressure with Hypertension Plus

Dorset GP practices are running a trial funded by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership to provide blood pressure cuffs to a cohort of patients living with uncontrolled high blood pressure across Dorset, alongside an app that will support them to monitor their condition remotely. The programme team are working with GPs to identify the patients who would benefit most from joining this programme and whose health outcomes and life chances will be dramatically improved as a result. The objective is to inform how we manage these services in the future.

Register for Hypertension Plus

We are working with health care professionals across Dorset with support from LiveWell Dorset in delivering the Hypertension Plus service to patients.

Not only training and educating patients on how to use this service, but helping them to better understand their condition and help them make positive lifestyle choices.

To find out more, check if your GP practice is participating by clicking on the list of practices and using the link to register.

Register now

What happens once I’ve registered?

Once you have registered you will be contacted by LiveWell Dorset to be shown how to use a BP monitor and submit your first readings.

A week later, you will be contacted to discuss how LiveWell Dorset can help you to manage and reduce your blood pressure through healthy lifestyle changes.  You’ll receive a personalised plan to support you to lose weight, get active, give up smoking or reduce drinking, which may include options like weight loss vouchers and 1-2-1 sessions with a LiveWell Coach. This service is absolutely FREE to every adult living in Dorset.

Learn more about Hypertension
Find out more about Hypertension Plus
Find out more about LiveWell
Find out how ORCHA rates Hypertension Plus

Our Dorset health and care video library

The library contains simple and engaging videos to help our patients access quality and assured health information, which have been developed and approved by NHS clinicians. These videos offer a practical alternative to written information and aim to help our patients take better control of their health, and provide education and support to manage long-term health conditions.

Visit the Our Dorset health and care video library


What is inflammatory arthritis?

The term inflammatory arthritis describes a number of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. These conditions are all caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking joints leading to inflammation which patients experience as pain, swelling and stiffness. The causes of these conditions are complex but they are relatively common, affecting about 1% of the population. Almost all patients require long-term medication to manage their condition with the support of a rheumatology team.

Rheumatoid arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis
Ankylosing spondylitis

The MyArthritis app helps you to:

Available support:

Patients interested in the app will be supported by their rheumatology team. Some features will only be available to Christchurch patients in the trial phase.

However, we would like all patients across Dorset to download the app, selecting their hospital during the app registration process, and you will be notified when your hospital goes live on the app.

Learn more about Ampersand Health and the MyArthritis App

Discover more about the rheumatology services at University Hospitals Dorset

Find out more for Android and Apple iOS users.

Download the MyArthritis App. Make sure to select your local hospital during the registration process.