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Practice Closed dates for Clinical Training

The whole practice along with all of the practices within North Dorset will be closed for Clinical Training.

During this time, emergency and urgent cover will be provided by the Out of Hours service, please call 111. Please note, they will not be able to deal with routine enquiries, bookings or prescription requests.

If you have a life threatening medical emergency, please dial 999

Thursday 25th April 2019 13.30 - 16.30

Thursday 23rd May 2019 15.30 - 18.30

Thursday 18th July 2019 15.30 - 18.30

Thursday 26th September 2019 15.30 - 18.30

Tuesday 22nd October 2019 13.30 - 16.30

Wednesday 27th November 2019 15.30 - 18.30

Tuesday 28th January 2020 15.30 - 18.30

Thursday 27th February 2020 15.30 - 18.30


Practice Closed dates for staff training

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 12.00 - 14.00

During this time if you require urgent medical attention, please ring the surgery as an alternative number will be provided.

If you have a life threatening medical emergency, please dial 999


RECRUITMENT

For a current list of Job Vacancies, please look at our "Further Information page" below or click here.


PPG Meeting dates for 2018/2019

Sturminster Newton & Marnhull PPG 7.30pm

  • Wednesday June 26th
  • Wednesday September 25th
  • Wednesday December 4th

Shaftesbury & Fontmell PPG (Held at Abbeyview) 7pm

  • Tuesday April 2nd
  • Tuesday July 2nd
  • Tuesday October 15th

Walking for Health News...….

22 March 2019

Blackmore Vale Community Health Initatives - Click on the link for more info

Church

Sturminster Newton Rotary Club

21 March 2019

A free "Know Your Blood Pressure and Wellbeing Event" is being held in the Atrium of the Exchange in Sturminster Newton on Saturday 13th April, 9am - 1pm. Lots of information and advice on keeping yourself healthy and well!


 

Comments Books

8 March 2019

Dr Horner and Dr Greenup will be retiring at the end of this month. We have placed a well wishes / comments book in both corresponding practices. These will be available for patients to write in as of Monday 11th. Thank you


Carers....

25 Feb 2019

Who Cares for you?

If you....

  • Help someone with their medication
  • Need to ring someone several times a day to check they are ok
  • Need to help someone choose the right clothes to wear
  • Help someone with their day to day finances

Then we would like to offer you the opportunity of a one to one health check and one to one time for support and advice about your caring role in our Adult Carers Surgery.

The surgery will run on the last Tuesday of every month. Appointments can be up to 40 minutes.

The next carers surgery is at the Sturminster Newton Medical Centre

Tuesday 26th March 2019 from 1.30pm

For more information, please see the below factsheet and schedule for 2019

Carers Factsheet

Schedule for Carers Surgery 2019

Call the surgery on 01258 474500 to make an appointment


Looking for an Osteopath or Acupuncturist?

15 Feb 2019

You’ll be familiar with Michael Brown’s smiling face from his posters and leaflets around our surgeries. He is an Osteopath and Acupuncturist – he also provides exercise and lifestyle advice as appropriate. After 4 years at Abbey View, seeing patients with neck pain and headaches to foot problems, Michael has moved to Edwards Farm on Foyle Hill in Shaftesbury. He will also continue to see patients of his predecessor Dr Richard Gribble. His ‘Free Assessment’ means you have nothing to lose! Michael is also happy to discuss any painful condition with no obligation to make a visit – so why not get in touch? 01747 855137, info@bouncebackhealth

https://members.iosteopathy.org/find-an-osteopath/58260/59384

https://goo.gl/maps/VvGrd44AZH52


Yellow Fever

31 January 2019

As of the 31st March 2019, we will be ceasing to offer the Yellow Fever vaccine

We have a few vaccines left in stock should patients require them (please call to check availability). Once our stock has run out, you will be directed to a private travel clinic where you will be able to arrange to have the vaccine .


Calling all Carers!

25 January 2019

Are you caring for someone with Dementia?

Would you like to attend a FREE Dementia Workshop in either Blandford or Shaftesbury?

If so, please find more details on the attached

Carers course Blandford

Carers course Shaftesbury

18 January 2019

 

Caring can place huge demands on your time and energy and for many carers, stress is simply a fact of life. It's important to take breaks for your own health and wellbeing. It can be easy to forget to do this, so think about how you are going to organise taking a break (often called respite care).
If you just want to get away for a few hours, the Short Break Service may be able to help you. This is a sitting service rather than full care. The service is free of charge and there is a limit on the number of hours that can be booked. If you would like to use this service you will need a carers assessment with the council.
Follow the below link to the Dorset for you site , then once on the Respite care page, click on the link for "carers assessment"
 

18 January 2019

IS IT Wheely Wednesday?

Starting on Wednesday 6th Feb, IS IT Wheely Wednesday? Suitable for slower or less confident cyclists wishing to enjoy the outdoors in the company of other to Ride your bike....get fresh air...have a chat...coffee stop...back by lunch.

For more information click here

 


Local Mental Health Support Group in Shaftesbury

 Support Group Details


7 September 2018

KOOTH

We have been advised about a brilliant new service that is for young people 11-18 year olds, it is free and anonymous and is called KOOTH. Young people can contact them online and receive advice, support, counselling and guidance on any matters that are causing young people concern. This service has been commissioned by Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group. They are available 365 days of the year and you can chat to them online until 10pm. Do take a look, they are all qualified counsellors or phsycotherapist.

#timetotalk #younglivesmatter #itsgoodtotalk

https://kooth.com/index.html


Fundraising

We are delighted to receive the following certificate from the Stars Appeal at Salisbury Hospital for raising a further £1,461.97 towards their new MRI scanner.  This has been achieved by our book exchange and a Tombola that is held during our flu clinics.  Well done to the team and especially Sarah Barford-Pike, a sterling effort! Fundraising Certificate


FLU VACCINATIONS

 

We are now booking FREE flu vaccinations for those patients 65 and over and in at risk groups - click here for further details.  Saturday clinics are being held on the following dates:


Cervical Screening

CS poster


DEVELOPMENT OF URGENT ON THE DAY TEAM

The Blackmore Vale Partnership is changing its appointment system and developing an Urgent Care on the Day team consisting of GP's, nurse practitioners a paramedic and a pharmacist. This will improve capacity and access for patients with an urgent on the day Health need (Urgent being defined as a new problem that has developed within the previous 2 weeks) - for more information please click here


GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) - for further information on how that effects you click here


Preventing Type2

Type 2 diabetes can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, limb amputation
and early death. Find out if you are at risk by visiting diabetes.org.uk/risk #PreventingType2 @NHS_England, @NHSDiabetesProg


Improved Access for Appointments

We are working to improve access to appointments for patients, in particular in the evening and at weekends.  If you would like to be offered one of these appointments, please ask at reception or when you call.  These appointments are likely to be offered at other sites within the local community.  Mostly at Westminister Memorial Hospital or Blandford Community Hospital but there are others available around Dorset that can be booked.


5 March 2018

Swimming for the Brain

‘Swimming For The Brain’ sessions will take place on Thursday mornings 11am – 12noon, at Riversmeet Leisure Centre in Gillingham and these will continue until APRIL 26th.

This is a session for the benefit of anyone living with memory loss, or associated diseases, and those wishing to enjoy a quiet swim or just to enjoy the benefits of the water therapy. It’s been proven that swimming helps those who have any form of Dementia, and those who have already attended the sessions have seen the lasting benefit of their time in the water.
The sessions are well supervised, with all the right aids in place if access to the pool is a problem for anyone. The pool and the surrounding areas are warm and inviting. Wheelchair users are welcome but just need to report to the reception desk for assistance.

The sessions are free for the person living with the condition, plus one other friend/carer. No medical referral is required.

For more information contact Riversmeet Leisure Centre 01747 834013


1 January 2018

Walking for Health

Keith Harrison is our Community and Wellbeing Officer for North Dorset in conjunction with our patient group is setting up free weekly accessible health walks. The first one will start at Sturminster Newton on 8th January 2018 at 2pm. This will be led by trained volunteer Walk Leaders.

The target group is anyone who is currently not active enough or who needs the motivation of a supportive group to get them moving more regularly. Our clinical staff might recommend the health walks to patients with a medical need to increase their levels of regular activity.

We hope in the future to set up walks from all four of our sites.

If you would be interested in attending the first one, please do give Keith a ring to book a place on 07825 691508 or click on the link below for even more details.

Walking for Health

Shaftesbury Health Walk  Sturminster Health Walk

 

19 October 2017

Dining Club

Albert's Dining Club is a lunch club in Sturminster Newton for older people. Diners are provided with a two course, home cooked meal with tea and coffee for a reasonable charge.
They are now expanding the service and can deliver a freshly cooked hot meal to your home for £6 each.
Contact details for Alberts Dining Club : https://www.mylifemycare.com/alberts-lunch-club

Home Meal Service


14 September 2017

Calling all carers!! Do you need a bit of "You time"?? Take a look at the details of monthly drop-in sessions dedicated to YOU!

My Time


20 June 2017

MENINGITIS IN TEENAGERS -

Are you leaving school or college?

Contact the surgery to get your MenACWY vaccine

Have you had the Vaccine?? Do you know the symptoms?

A group of 6th formers at Clayesmore School have set up a social enterprise as part of a Youth Enterprise project to raise awareness of meningitis in teenagers.

Please take a moment to look at the leaflet they have created to help raise awareness.

Meningitis awareness

Latest Friends and Family Results April 2018 HERE

We welcome your feedback - click here to take The Friends & Family Test


#Kidsjabs

Childhood vaccinations cover the range of vaccinations delivered from at around 8 weeks old up to when a child first goes to school at 5 years old.

There are three good reasons to have your child vaccinated:

  • vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective
  • once your child has been vaccinated against a disease, their body can fight it off better
  • if a child isn’t vaccinated, they’re at higher risk of catching – and becoming very ill from – the illness

Kidsjabs


Zero Tolerance

The practice fully supports the NHS policy on zero tolerance. Anyone who attends of calls the surgery and abuses the GPs, staff or patients be it verbally, physically or in any threatening manner whatsoever, will risk removal fromt he practice list. In extreme cases we will summon the Police and have offenders removed from practice premises


Enhanced Data Sharing Model (EDSM)

Patients registered with a GP in The Blackmore Vale Partnership are set to benefit from a new way of sharing information about their care between NHS health professionals.

Going live on 8th August 2016, the Enhanced Data Sharing Model (EDSM) allows health professionals who are directly involved in an individuals’ care to view specific information contained within their GP health record; e.g. District Nurse, another GP, Physiotherapist.  This is done with the individual’s consent.  The individual has the right to refuse/withdraw consent at any time. 

Examples of who might be able to access information include: 

  • Accident and emergency services;

  • GP practices;

  • Walk in centres;

  • Minor injury units;

  • District nursing teams.

The EDSM system offers real benefits for local people. For example if you are receiving treatment from three different services, they can now share information and make decisions based on what other treatment you are already receiving.  In the past they would have treated a patient but would not have had access to their full medical record.

Weymouth, Portland & Purbeck localities have already successfully implemented the Enhanced Data Sharing Model. Practices across Dorset have been working closely for some time to be able to achieve this too and we are delighted that we can now offer local people improved care both within the locality and across the rest of the country.

Information shared can only be accessed by health care professionals, other than your GP, when required and only with the patient’s permission. Patients who do not wish to share their information are advised to speak with their local GP Practice. If you have already opted out of sharing your record, this will still be case.

All information is held on a national secure electronic computer system called SystmOne which is currently home to around 37 million patient records. Access to these records is audited and can only be done with agreement from the person concerned.

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