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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 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 6th August 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


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 25 September 2019
  • Wednesday 4 December 2019

Shaftesbury & Fontmell PPG (Held at Abbeyview) 7pm

  • Tuesday 15 October 2019

Patient Survey 2019

The Blackmore Vale Practice, Patient Participation Group (PPG) has developed a short survey which we would very much like you to complete – it should take you less than five minutes.

The main aim of the PPG is to improve the communication and co-operation between the Practice and our patients and the feedback from this survey will help us to develop and improve the highest standards of health care for our patients.

Please use the link  below to take you to the survey.


Patient Survey

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:

    • 25 June 2019
    • 30 July 2019
    • 27 August 2019
    • 24 September 2019
    • 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 .

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 stop...back by lunch.

For more information click here


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

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 :

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


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


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


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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