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Cerne Abbas


Our local doctors’ surgery is located in Long

Street, Cerne Abbas.

Their website is at


Buckland Newton Community Website
in the heart of rural Dorset

Cerne Abbas Seaonal Flu Immunisation Clinics

‘Flu’ vaccinations are recommended if you are: Aged 65 or over and/or Are in a clinical risk group e.g. Diabetes, COPD, Heart Disease or are Pregnant Eligible children will be invited for a nasal spray flu vaccine. Open Clinics will be held on the following days:       Tuesday 6th November 10.00 am - 11.00 am Wightmans Orchard, Piddletrenthide Please come suitably dressed for your vaccination as you will be seen in a public space.

News from Cerne Abbas Surgery

Over the festive period we will be closed on 25th and 26th December 2018 and 1st January 2019.  We will be open as usual on other days. We recently held our first Patient Participation Group (PPG) meeting at the surgery which was a successful first session. Among the issues discussed was how the surgery communicates with patients, given that we cover a large geography. In addition to the surgery website and parish magazines, we have agreed that we would identify the local websites, Facebook pages and the like, posting updates and news there. In addition we will identi-fy places where it might be appropriate to put up posters or newsletters. The PPG will meet again at the surgery at 1pm on 22nd November. If you are interested in being part of our patient group, please contact the surgery. In September 34 doctor and nurse appointments were missed by patients: this was a total of 7 hours and 5 minutes. We appreciate that occasionally we all forget things and patients who do genuinely forget to attend are generally apologetic. This figure is slowly reducing each month although some patients still fail to attend appointments with no regard to the impact on staff and other patients. Therefore we ask that if you are unable to attend or find that you no longer need your appointment, to contact the surgery on 01300 341666 to cancel or rearrange. We can then offer the free slot to another patient and reduce waiting times for everyone. Dr Craig Wakeham will be retiring from the surgery in December 2018 after many years at Cerne Abbas. Towards the end of the year we will start changing the ‘named doctor’ for his patients - be assured that your care will not be affected in any way, but please ask if you have any questions.  Gillian Brindle, Practice Business Manager.

The Primary Care Commissioning Strategy

Some of you will be aware that Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has published a draft Primary Care Commissioning Strategy (PCCS) which sets out proposals for the future of General Practice in Dorset. http://www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk/aboutus/primary-care- strategy.htm Of significant concern to many is the implication that patients will have their care delivered from larger sites and that smaller, local GP Practices may be closed. Please be assured that this is not a ‘done deal’ and although the national agenda is focused on ‘delivery at scale’, we know this will not work for rural communities where transport issues are significant. Please do not be concerned about there being changes to where you access your care. We are looking at local solutions that, rather than adopting ‘one size fits all’, focus on what we collectively want our local health care services to look like and how GP Practices can meet the challenges of delivering modern models of care.

Surgery Website Changes

You can now book on-line for an appointment to see a doctor. The practice is also changing the way repeat medication is ordered on-line.  If you already order medication on-line the surgery will provide you with a log-in and password to access the new system via the surgery website.  If you do not already use the website to order medication and would like to use this service, please request a log-in and password from reception.  You will need to bring photographic evidence of identity such as a current passport or driving licence. The dispensary is open from 9am to 7pm so you will be able to collect your medicines throughout the day, Monday to Friday. In addition, the surgery will be offering appointments specifically for our working patients on weekday evenings until 7.00 pm. This replaces our Saturday opening, which has not been widely used. Information about the surgery and other healthcare support is available on our website www.cerneabbassurgery.co.uk

Transport to the Surgery

For those unable to drive themselves, use public transport or avail themselves of friends or relatives to get to appointments, the Buckland Newton Car Neighbour Scheme has agreed to transport clients to the Surgery at Cerne Abbas. Clients need to register with the co- ordinators and give two days notice of visit.  Please note that the Surgery will not book the car on your behalf; you need to contact the co-ordinator on 07733 849 264.  Please see the Neighbourhood Car Scheme page.