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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 16th October 9.30 am - 1.00 pm Cerne Abbas Village Hall    Wednesday 31st October 9.30 am - 11.00 am Hazelbury Bryan Village Hall    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 We will also be holding a clinic at Cerne Abbas Surgery for workers and children.  Please call reception to BOOK an appointment    Monday 22nd October 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm Cerne Abbas Surgery

News from Cerne Abbas Surgery

Are you interested in being a part of Cerne Abbas Surgery’s Patient Participation Group (PPG)? We are developing a new group that will support the surgery, initially by advising us from a patient perspective and helping us communicate with the wider patient body. It is really important to us that our patients have a voice that represents them and so we plan to have a core group that meets a few times a year as well as a wider ‘virtual’ group. If you are interested in becoming involved please contact the surgery. I’m sure some of you are already aware that we have a few staff changes underway. Firstly, 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. Also, Amanda one of our healthcare assistants sadly left us at the end of May; she will be much missed and we send her our best wishes. On a brighter note, we are pleased to welcome Sharon to our administration and reception team. Sharon started at the end of April and has fitted into the team really well. 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.