PPG: Newsletter Sept Oct 2021

Patient Participation Group Newsletter


A Message from the Practice

We are all aware that the remaining Covid restrictions have been lifted, however medical settings are a higher risk environment and will need to be subject to more control measures than other public facilities. Therefore, we are acting very cautiously and are maintaining

  • Social distancing
  • Face coverings
  • PPE for healthcare staff

Person wearing a mask

The Delta variant is more transmissible and patients may come to the surgery when they are contagious. It is our duty to do all we can to keep our patients and our staff safe, whilst we deliver our care.

Thank you - Dr Yule & Partners.


Flu Clinics

The first flu clinics are now scheduled for Saturday Oct 9 th 8.00 - 17.00 at both Sturminster Newton and Abbey View.

These clinics have been delayed because of transport problems affecting the supply of vaccines. Those eligible for this vaccine will be contacted by the Practice for this clinic, or for a later one, which will be scheduled when the additional vaccines arrive. Please don’t ring the Practice about an appointment, they will be in touch with you.


Covid Booster Vaccinations

The Covid Booster Clinics will be held at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton on

  • Wednesday Oct 6th
  • Wednesday Oct 20th
  • Wednesday November 3rd

The vast majority of patients will receive the Pfizer vaccine and once again, the Practice will contact you if and when you are eligible, to arrange an appointment.


Falls Buddy

Could you be a Falls Buddy Volunteer? You will have weekly contact (approx. 1 hour) for up to 8 weeks with someone who is at risk of falling, to support their confidence and help them to remain independent. You will be trained to offer advice on balance and muscle strengthening exercises, as well as mindfulness techniques to reduce anxiety. Most importantly, you will be a friendly face and a listening ear.



Please make sure the Practice has your up-to date telephone, address, or email contact information, should it have changed.


Diabetes Support

A new on-line support group for those living with diabetes and who have been diagnosed in the past two years has just been set up.

Diabetes UK

There will be 6 fortnightly sessions of one hour which will include information on different aspects of living with and managing diabetes. There will be an opportunity to share experiences and discuss issues of interest or concern. The group will be facilitated by two Diabetes UK Volunteers, Jude Barton, Health Champion with the Practice and Dr Nick Jackman who lives in Dorset and is a retired GP Diabetes Lead. The sessions will be on Zoom and there will be opportunities for ongoing peer support following the first 6 meetings.



Carers’ Clinic

The Practice has resumed their monthly Carers’ Clinic at Sturminster Medical Centre and intend to hold an equivalent clinic at Abbey View Surgery in the New Year.

Each clinic provides six one hour appointments split into two, a general health check provided by one of the Nursing Team (Carers often neglect their own health due to prioritising the health needs of the person they are caring for) and a half hour chat with Carers’ Lead, Claire Lockett to offer useful information about relevant support, local organisations and services.

The Practice makes annual phone calls to those on the Carers’ Register in their birthday month to check that they are managing. Carers’ Clinic appointments will be offered where it is considered appropriate, however, if a Carer feels they need an appointment they can contact the Practice and our Carers’ Lead will respond. By promoting the Carers Clinic, it’s hoped to raise awareness and to offer an appointment to anyone who provides any amount of care and support not already on the Carers Register.

PPG and Health Champion volunteers are supporting the Carers’ Clinic to welcome those attending and if required, sitting with the cared-for person whilst the Carer attends their appointment.


Choose the right healthcare service! NHS services in Dorest continue to be under extreme pressure

  • If you’re unwell and are unsure about where to go, visit 111 Online or call 111

Please be patient and choose the right care. At this very busy time, your 111 call may take a little longer to answer than usual but staff will get to you as quickly as possible.

  • Call 999 in a medical emergency. This is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk. For ongoing or non-urgent concerns please contact your local pharmacist or GP practice.

Get the right treatment, in the right place, at the right time.


PPG Patient Survey 2021

The PPG organises Patient Surveys from time to time, on behalf of the Practice. The last survey was in 2019 and this survey is designed to find out how patients feel about the service they receive from the Practice and to provide an opportunity to share views and experiences of contacting the Practice and how satisfactory the outcome was.

The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete and is available on this link to the Practice Website.



Know Your Numbers!

When did you last check your blood pressure? Know Your Numbers is a national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of checking your blood pressure. If you’re one of the eight million people in England with diagnosed high blood pressure, make sure you’re regularly checking yours, at least once a year, as regular monitoring and clinical management with medication and lifestyle changes, significantly reduces your risk of stroke and heart attack. You can get your blood pressured checked at several places. From October 2021 every NHS pharmacy in England will be able to provide the lifesaving checks to people aged 40 or over.

You can also get it checked at an NHS Health Check appointment offered to adults in England aged 40- 74, at home or at your local GP surgery.