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NHS England's visit 

NHS England's visit

We were delighted to welcome Professor Stephen Powis @NHSEnglandNMD to our practice, during his visit to Dorset. Good discussion around merging practices and looking to the future…

Improving Access to General Practice Services

We are working to improve access to appointments for our patients, in particular at evenings and weekends. If you would like to be offered one of these appointments, please ask. These appointments may be at a different site such as Royal Bournemouth Hospital.


In February 2020 there were 156 appointments where patients did not turn up. Please let us know if you will not be attending your appointment either by telephone or by responding CANCEL to your text reminder. Thank you

Now live with Electronic Prescriptions Service (EPS)

As 1st September all prescriptions will now be sent electronically using the EPS system. This will benefit patients by saving time and providing a choice of pharmacy of where to collect medications. 

Instead of coming to the Doctors Surgery, patients who have repeat prescriptions will now be able to collect them direct from their choice of chemist.  Patients will no longer need to come and collect the green paper prescriptions.  Patients will have more choice about where to get their medicines from because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where they live, work or shop.

A ‘frequently asked questions’ sheet is available below or contact a member of the practice staff.

Information for patients...Care.Data Programme

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) can now use patients' personal data (NHS number, date of birth, postcode and gender but not your name) and some clinical data (e.g. referrals, diagnoses, vaccinations, family history, blood pressure etc.) stored in your medical records in order to plan and improve health services for all patients. This information, which does not reveal your identity, can then be used by others, such as reseachers and those planning health services, to help provide the best care for everyone.

How your information is used and shared is controlled by law and strict rules are in place to protect your privacy.

You need to know that this is happening and what choices you have. If you do not want your information to be shared outside your GP practice or if you are happy for the information to go to HSCIC but do not want it or any other information held by hospitals and community services to leave the HSCIC then you need to complete the opt-out form (link below) and hand this in at the surgery. We will then code your medical records to prevent the release of such information. You may also like to read the attached frequently asked questions (FAQs) document, which gives further information on the programme.

download the FAQs document

download the opt out form (for patients) 

download the opt-out form (for children )

download opt-out form (for carers with Lasting Power of Attorney)



From 1 April 2017 the shingles vaccine is being offered to:

  • Patients as soon as they reach the age of 70
  • Patients as soon as they reach the age of 78

In addition, patients who were eligible for immunisation in the first four years of the programme but have not been vaccinated against shingles remain eligible until their 80th birthday. These cohorts are:

  • Patients aged 71, 72, 73 and 74 on 1 September 2016; and
  • Patients aged 79 on 1 September 2016 and under 80.



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