ARE YOU A CARER?
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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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
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?
- 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
Schedule for Carers Surgery 2019
Call the surgery on 01258 474500 to make an appointment
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
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.