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Regular exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle, even if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or severe asthma. You might feel like it is not safe, or even possible to exercise, but the right amount and type of exercise has many benefits.

If you’re feeling anxious still about leaving your house during these times, here are some really useful exercises that you can do within the comfort of your own home.  They have been put together by the Nurses and Physiotherapists from Abbey View Physiotherapy.  Take a look, they are amazing!

Introduction and breathing techniques

Exercise Video

NEW COVID-19 - Letter to Patients and FAQs


Please see our letter to patients and our list of FAQs which explains the changes we have implemented and how we will be working for the foreseeable future.  

Letter to Patients


What to do if you have symptoms

Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus - a new continuous cough OR a high fever OR a loss or change of taste or smell - should self-isolate immediately and not leave home. Other members of your household must also self-isolate.

You should ask for a test as soon as you have any of these symptoms. You can ask for a test online or call 119 if you have no internet access.

NHS Test and Trace

The NHS test and trace service:

  • ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus
  • helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus

How NHS Test and Trace will contact you

If you’re identified as a close contact of a confirmed case, NHS Test and Trace will contact you by email, text or phone. Text messages will come from the NHS. Calls will come from 0300 0135000. Children under 18 will be contacted by phone wherever possible and asked for their parent or guardian's permission to continue the call.

You'll be asked to sign in to the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing website at If you cannot use the contact tracing website, they will call you.

Be aware of scams

The NHS Test and Trace service will not:

  • ask for bank details or payments
  • ask for details of any other accounts, such as social media
  • ask you to set up a password or PIN number over the phone
  • ask you to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087


FAQs From the Chief Medical Officer for Patients regarding those who are at highest risk of Coronavirus

Please see the attached FAQs regarding those at highest risk of coronavirus here: FAQs

Guidance on social distancing

Gov. UK Social Distancing

Information from Wessex LMC for Patients queries regarding Covid-19 and Request for Doctors Note (Med 3 'Fit Note')

LMC Sick Note Guidance (Covid-19)

Requested letters for cancellations to gym memberships

We are aware that some gyms are asking for letters for their members from practices, please see the attached letter from the Partners

To whom it may concern


For more information and to arrange an appointment, please see the attached .


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

Self-management Health Coaching

Managing life with a health condition isn't always easy. We know that understanding and keeping track of medications, treatments, tests and appointments with healthcare professionals are important, but also that a health condition affects our emotions, how we feel about ourselves, our social life, hobbies and day to day routines at home. Feeling confident managing all of that can be a challenge.

At The Blackmore Vale Partnership,  we have a health coach and link worker as part of our team. Clinical healthcare professionals like doctors and nurses can be really important to help us manage the medical aspects of our health, and health coaches and link workers can help us manage the emotional and practical impact in our day to day life.

The health coaches are there to support people with health conditions to feel more confident, and have lots of experience talking about a whole range of subjects: 

  • Managing pain and fatigue
  • Preparing for appointments
  • Accessing information to understand conditions and treatments
  • Feeling more confident getting out and about
  • Building a network of support around you
  • Accepting and coming to terms with having a health condition

The link workers are there to focus on connecting people with long term health conditions to groups and activities available to them in their community, they will focus on:

  • Improving your social support network and feelings of isolation
  • Information sourcing and gaining confidence to attend groups
  • Identifying any other non-clinical support options that may be of benefit

Our health coach and link worker, is based at Abbey View Surgery on Wednesdays, and we have a health coach at Sturminster Newton Surgery every Tuesday. They are part of our team here to support you. Lots of patients and their carers say how hard it is when healthcare professionals only have ten minutes, but health coaches have up to 45 minutes for each session to listen to you and support you. Link workers have 30 minutes.

Your GP, Nurse Practitioner, Practice Nurse or any member of the reception team can refer you to see the health coach or link worker, so if you are interested in this, please mention it to one of the team.

Walking for Health News...….


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


Local Mental Health Support Group in Shaftesbury

 Support Group Details


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.

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 #PreventingType2 @NHS_England, @NHSDiabetesProg

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

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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