Join the practice
If you live within our practice area you are welcome to register with us. Registration forms are available from reception or online below.
Our reception staff are happy to guide you through the procedure. Eligibility can be quickly confirmed from your address so it would be helpful if you could provide proof by way of a recent utility bill. Photographic proof of identity is also required.
Medical treatment is available from the date of registration. Please contact reception for further information.
Live within boundary area?
The Practice welcomes patients living in Sturminster Newton, Marnhull, Lydlinch, Hazelbury Bryan, Manston, Child Okeford, West Stour, East Stour, Kington Magna, Fontmell Magna, Iwerne Minster, Shroton, Shillingstone, Okeford Fitzpaine, Ibberton, Wooland, Mappowder, Pulham, Kings Stag, Stourton Caundle, Stalbridge, Henstridge, Shaftesbury, Ashmore, Donhead St Andrew, Berwick St John, Ansty, Sedgehill and Semley, Motcombe, Gillingham, Compton Abbas, Donhead St Mary, Margaret Marsh and Fifehead Magdalen.
Partners in Care
Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.
People 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 individual's care to view specific information contained with 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 Partnership says "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. Patient's who do not wish to share their information are advised to speak to their local GP Practice. If you have already opted out of sharing your record, this will still be the case. All information is held on a national secure electronic computer system called SystemOne which is currently home to around 37 million patient records. Access to these records is audited and can only be done with agreement fromt he person concerned.
Once the baby’s birth has been registered with the Registration Services, please come to the surgery to register the baby with a GP as soon as possible.
If you are ill while away from home or if you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one you can receive emergency treatment from the local GP practice for 14 days. After 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or permanent patient.
You can be registered as a temporary patient for up to three months. This will allow you to be on the local practice list and still remain a patient of your permanent GP. After three months you will have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with that practice.
To register as a temporary patient simply contact the local practice you wish to use. Practices do not have to accept you as a temporary patient although they do have an obligation to offer emergency treatment. You cannot register as a temporary patient at a practice in the town or area where you are already registered.