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Health and Wellbeing

Longer, happier and healthier lives

We all want to live longer, happier and healthier lives and promoting the health and wellbeing of our residents is an important part of what we do. 

Many factors combine to affect the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, not just the use of health care services. This includes individual circumstances and the local environment such as where we live, inherited characteristics, income, education, life experiences, behaviours and choices, and our relationships with family and friends. These factors are often referred to as the "wider determinants of health".   

We are in a good position to influence many of these factors not just through our core services but also our wider leadership role supporting communities and influencing other organisations. Through our work, we want to create a more vibrant and healthy place for people to live and work.  

There are many ways to stay healthy and active in the Dover district. For example, did you know that we look after more than 200 parks, open spaces, play areas, allotments, commons and woodlands? Please see our  Leisure & Tourism pages for further information on how you can get active in the district.  

Take control of your health

It's never too late to take control of your health. Take Public Health England's 'How are you' online health quiz to find out how you are doing.

Get the right treatment when you need it

Read the NHS Kent and Medway guide to local services and how to access them. 


There are no coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in the UK. 

If you have coronavirus (COVID-19) you should try to stay at home.

Get NHS advice about COVID-19, including its symptoms, looking after yourself at home, how to avoid catching and spreading it, treatments, vaccinations and long-term effects.

Get information about NHS COVID-19 services such as vaccination services, testing, the NHS COVID Pass, research and 119.

Find the latest government coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and support on GOV.UK. 

The UK Health Security Agency are encouraging the public to continue to follow the latest guidance to protect themselves and others. This includes reporting NHS lateral flow test results on GOV.​UK. This will allow the NHS to contact those eligible for a COVID-19 treatment. 

Integrated Care

All organisations involved in health and social care working together in different, more joined-up ways. 

Care and Support Jargon Buster

A plain English guide to the most commonly used words and phrases in health and social care (external link). 

Living well

Making small changes now can improve your health right away. 

Ageing well

Continue living active, independent and fulfilled lives.  

Children and young people

How children and young people can be happier, healthier, safer, more fulfilled and ready for adult life

Port Health and Environmental Services

Our Port Health & Environmental Services team deal with a wide range of health-related issues including air quality, food safety and health and safety at work.

Leisure and Tourism

How you can get active in the Dover district.

Beat the Heat

Top tips for a healthy summer. 

Stay well this winter 

Top tips for a healthy winter.



Email:  policy@dover.gov.uk