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Opening hours over Christmas period 

Christmas opening hours 2018

Community Christmas Meal

Community Christmas believes that no older person in the UK should be alone on Christmas Day unless they want to be.
If you or you know anyone that may want to attend the Christmas Day Community lunch, it is being held at locations below for a traditional festive lunch with vegetarian options, entertainment and the queens speech, transport to and from the hall is available. 12-3.30pm everyone welcome. Cost :  FREE  See details on the below link

The Mellows BUPA Care home Gillingham SP8 4RE Tel : 0808 115 4520

Methodist Church Hall Gillingham SP8 4AG Tel : 07990 972412

Donhead St Mary Village Hall SP7 9DQ Tel : 01747 852161/ 07857 650279 

Digby Memorial Church Hall Sherborne DT9 3NL Tel : 07466 963346


Tuesday 4th December 2018 from 12.00 pm - 2.00pm
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.

Pharmacy Technician

Finance Manager

Partner/Salaried GP

Stalbridge Car Scheme

Stalbridge Community Volunteer Car Scheme are holding a Public Meeting on Wednesday 7th November 6.30pm at Stalbridge Village Hall. The meeting will explain how it will work for people who have no other means of transport to attend the Surgery or Hospital appointments. Details 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.

#timetotalk #younglivesmatter #itsgoodtotalk


We are delighted to receive the following certificate from the Stars Appeal at Salisbury Hospital for raising a further £1,461.97 towards their new MRI scanner.  This has been achieved by our book exchange and a Tombola that is held during our flu clinics.  Well done to the team and especially Sarah Barford-Pike, a sterling effort! Fundraising Certificate


We are now booking FREE flu vaccinations for those patients 65 and over and in at risk groups - click here for further details.  Saturday clinics are being held on the following dates:

24th Nov - Sturminster & Abbey View OVER 65's only

Please contact the Patient Services Team to book an appointment.

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.

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

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


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

Practice Closed dates for staff training

Wednesday 28th November practice closed from 3.30pm.

Tuesday 29th January 2019 practice closed from 3.30pm.

Thursday 7th March 2019 practice closed from 3.30pm.

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

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

PPG Meeting dates for 2018/2019

Sturminster Newton & Marnhull PPG 7.30pm

  • Wednesday December 5th - please see PPG Agenda
  • Wednesday March 13th
  • Wednesday June 26th
  • Wednesday September 25th
  • Wednesday December 4th

Shaftesbury & Fontmell PPG (Held at Abbeyview) 7pm

  • Tuesday January 15th
  • Tuesday April 2nd
  • Tuesday July 2nd
  • Tuesday October 15th

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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