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Short Term Disruption to Routine Blood Tests

Due to factors beyond our control we will be limiting the number of routine blood tests that we are able to take. We have been asked to reduce our numbers by 25% due to a capacity issue at the pathology laboratories at Dorset County Hospital and a world-wide shortage of blood tubes that are required for taking the blood . All practices across the area that use DCH are experiencing similar problems. The local GP practices are therefore working to assist our colleagues at the hospital as requested in managing this issue. We hope that this will last approximately 2 weeks. We will keep you updated when we hear more news. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for you understanding. If you have an appointment booked please attend unless contacted otherwise by the surgery.

Important Prince of Wales Update

After many years of service to the practice population Dr Stephen Scott and Dr Kathy Scott have decided to reduce the hours that they work at the practice.

Dr Kathy Scott will also be leaving the Partnership to make way for Dr Michael Lewis to join the Partnership, he is currently a salaried GP with us. Dr Kathy Scott will remain with us as a Retained GP

From October Dr Mamia Japardize-Richards and Dr Setareh Chavoushi will be joining us as salaried GPs, I am sure that you will join us in welcoming them to the surgery. They have both worked here previously as locums so it will be lovely to have them here on a regular basis.

We wish Dr Steve and Dr Kathy all the best for the changed working patterns, the last 2 years have been challenging for us all including the staff and Doctors at the surgery.

Covid Booster Programme Information

Due to the continuing unprecedented pressure on Primary Care, the Mid-Dorset practices, who worked together to deliver our COVID vaccination programme at the Atrium Health Centre in Dorchester, are unable to offer the booster programme without seriously affecting our ability to deliver the normal healthcare services to all our patients. 

You will receive communication from NHS England via text, email or letter. Please follow the link on the email or text to book an appointment at a local pharmacy site or mass vaccination centre. If you receive a letter or are unable to access the internet or use the links provided by NHS England, please phone 119 to book the appointment. The surgery will be unable to book a COVID booster vaccination appointment for you.

Those who are housebound will receive further communication about their booster in November. We would ask you to refrain from contacting the surgery at this time to enquire about booster doses.

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION (Covid-19)

If you have:

  • a new continuous cough
  • high temperature
  • loss of or a change to your taste or sense of smell

Stay at home self isolate and book a PCR test by going online to NHS Website or by calling 119. Do not leave home except to post a test kit or attend for a PCR test appointment. Members of your household may need to self isolate, please check the link Self isolation for family members

Please do not attend the surgery 

If your condition worsens or you are no better after 10 days go online to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or telephone 111.

We are open and if you need to see your GP or nurse, please ring us on 01305 250989 or visit our website and complete an eConsult questionnaire. You can also call NHS111. Please try not come to the surgery unless you have an appointment or other valid reason.

If you are waiting for a check-up, we have restarted inviting patients so please be assured we will be in touch.

Appointments are being delivered face-to-face, online and over the telephone. If you are coming into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering (unless you are exempt) as these are still required in medical facilities. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery.

eConsultant

Dorset County Hospital Emergency Department is currently very busy, if you have a minor injury or ailment please visit one of the Units below if you are unable to self care. You will need to phone to book an appointment, you will not be seen if you turn up without a prior booking.

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Unit

Opening Saturday/Sunday

Opening Week days

Contact Number

Weymouth UTC

8am-8pm

8am-8pm

01305 762541

Bridport MIU

9am-6pm

9am-8pm

01308 426245

Shaftesbury MIU

8am-8pm

8am-8pm

01747 851535

Wimborne MIU

8am-8pm

8am-8pm

01202 856436

Swanage MIU

8am-8pm

8am-8pm

01929 475009

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