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Please take a look at the following guidance for patients regarding what to do if you suspect you may have Wuhan Coronavirus.  It is important that we try to control the spread of this virus, if you think you have these symptoms, please DO NOT visit the practice.  Please call us or use and eConsult via this site and let us know your symptoms.  You can find good quality information  HERE

Prescription changes

We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from 30th January 2020.

Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.

You will receive your prescriptions in the same way as you do now.

Read more about EPS on the NHS website.


We now have clinics set up specifically for patients who are carers.

We have some appointments available on Tuesday 21.1.2020 in Sturminster Newton. Half hour appointments with a clinician to discuss anything about your health and then a half hour appointment with the Carer's Caseworker for a carers assessment from Dorset Council. These appointments are usually the last Tuesday of the month. You will be greeted by a member of our Patient Participation ...Group, who will offer you a cuppa before your appointment. They can also sit with your cared for person during your appointment.

We have started clinics at Abbey View in Shaftesbury, these are every four weeks, with the next one being on Wednesday 15 Jan 2020 and then Weds 12 Feb 2020 and so on.

If you are a carer please let us know so that we can put you in touch with our Carer's Lead, Debbie Martin who can advise you on support available and can register you for online access to your records and those of your cared for person. We are keen to work with young carers too.

Give the Patients services team a call if you would like to book an appointment. We still have Flu Vaccines available for anyone registered as a carer.

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


Tuesday 28th January 2020 15.30 - 18.30

Thursday 27th February 2020 15.30 - 18.30

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October 2019


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

PPG Meeting dates for 2019/2020

Thursday 19 June 2019 at 7.00pm - Joint Patient Participation Group Meeting at Sturminster Newton Medical Centre, Guest speaker Dr Rob Childs, Sherborne GP and deputy locality lead GP for North Dorset.

Sturminster Newton & Marnhull PPG 7.30pm

  • Wednesday 4 December 2019

Shaftesbury & Fontmell PPG (Held at Abbeyview) 7pm

  • Tuesday 15 October 2019


IS IT Wheely Wednesday?

11 July 2019

An interesting opportunity presented itself to the July IIWW with the closure of A357 at Durweston. Meeting at Shillingstone Old Station on 1st Wed each month gives us the opportunity of pedalling east or west along the Trailway. On Jul3, we detoured via the link path and over the little iron bridge which took us over the Stour, without wetting our wheels, to Durweston Mill and onto the A357. Usually, this... road is one to avoid if a you're a slower moving traveller but on this day in July even our novice cyclists were happy pedalling the short stretch to observe the 'archeological dig' resulting from major repairs to the Durweston Flood Arches which has revealed the old brickwork arches presumably constructed long ago to raise the road above the Stour's flood plain and hence the drive to the old Lodge dips down from the road: things you only notice from a bike and with time to stand and stare!
Our next ride is Wed7 Aug but on Wed4 Sept another opportunity arises when we can take in the North Dorset Coffee morning at Stourpaine Village Hall.
IIWW ticks many boxes: getting active in fresh air, sharing stories with new folk, improving cycling skills in safety of a group and enjoying a coffee stop together.
COME and JOIN US - all you need is a bike or trike and ability to cycle it.
£2. charge + £coffee.
We welcome the slower or less confident rider.

Contact: Dilys Gartside 01258 860157

Self-management Health Coaching

20 May 2019

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



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 dates for the carers surgery at the Sturminster Newton Medical Centre are as follows:

    • 29 October 2019
    • 26 November 2019
    • 31 December 2019

All start at 13.30pm

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

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 .

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.

Cervical Screening

CS poster


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 #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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