The Surgery is running the following clinics for our registered patients to receive their annual ‘flu’ jab:Saturday 23rd September – Cerne Abbas SurgeryMonday 2nd October – The Green Man, King’s StagThursday 12th October – Cerne Abbas SurgeryWednesday 25th October – Piddle Valley First SchoolEligible patients this year include:• Those aged 65 and over.• Those aged 18 to 64 with a serious long-term health condition.• Pregnant women.• Carers.For full eligibility, please check our website or contact us.Please note that healthy 50–64-year-olds are not included in this year’s programme.You MUST pre-book a slot for these clinics.Please book online if you have an account for ‘SystmOnline’ or the ‘Airmid’ app.If you cannot book online, please call Reception after 10:30am on 01300 341666.We currently do not have any information regarding COVID-19 booster vaccinations, however, please rest assured we will communicate details with patients once we have been informed of the plans by NHS England.
As you may be aware, Dr Dobbs took a 6-month sabbatical at the start of 2023. Jeremy spent some time sailing across the Atlantic and also some time providing healthcare support and adventuring in Nepal. He has now returned to his usual working days at the surgery (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). Dr Dobbs will be at the surgery until the end of March 2025 when he plans to retire.Dr Stefan Giancola saw Dr Dobbs’ patients while he was away and has now gone back to working his usual Monday and Wednesday at the surgery.
Due to staff shortages, the dispensary has slightly amended their opening hours. You are now able to collect your medication at the following times:Monday to Thursday 0900-1300 and 1400-1730Friday 0900-1300 and 1400-1830Please note that for safety reasons, you are no longer be able to order medication through the dispensary phone line. Patients should request medication using one of the following methods:• A week or two before you need medication, leave your repeat slip at the shop where you collect your medication, or at the surgery.• Order on line: ask for information on how to do this.If you have a query and do need to speak to the dispensary, please call reception and ask for a call back. You will not be able to speak immediately to a dispenser but the dispensary will call you the same day. Be aware that this is not an order line.
Occupational Therapy Service
A reminder that we have Laura, an Occupational Therapist working with the surgery.Occupational therapy aims to improve your ability to do everyday tasks if you are having difficulties. Referrals to Laura can be made directly by yourself or through one of our Nurses or GPs. Laura will then arrange to meet you at your own home or in the environment you are finding challenging. Please contact the surgery if you feel you would benefit from Laura’s support.Gillian Brindle
SystemOnline & NHS App
Did you know that you can order prescriptions, see your vaccination records and recent blood test results online? There are a couple of ways to do this - You can use the NHS app or website, or you can use our online service ‘SystemOnline’ via our surgery website.Before you can register with either of these services, we will need to create you an online account. This can be done by bringing two forms of ID into the surgery - one needs to be photo ID (driving license or valid passport) and the other needs to be a utility bill with your address on. Our reception team can then register you for online services.
With the NHS moving more to on line services, patients who are able to access new technologies are invited to request access to the on line system to allow you to order repeat medication. To register please speak to reception; you will be required to bring identification before a password can be issued and you will need to collect this in person from the surgery; it only takes a moment. If you need help to log on please call the surgery on 01300 341666 or pop in and someone will be happy to help you. The more people that routinely use on line services the better, as this allows us more time to help those who have more urgent queries.
Surgery opening hours
Please be aware that the surgery closes at 6.30pm, therefore if you normally come after that to pick up your medication you will need to visit us earlier. If you will find this difficult, please call reception on 01300 341666 and ask for a call back from our dispensary manager to discuss. We will be offering pre-bookable (via the online portal) evening telephone appointments with a GP between 6.30pm and 7pm: these are aimed at our working patients who struggle to attend surgery during the day. If you would like to register for on line services, you will need to come into the surgery with identification and you will be issued with a password.
Remember also that there are lots of places apart from
your GP surgery where you can get help if you are
· High street pharmacies can advise on how to treat a range of common conditions;· NHS 111 are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can provide advice on your health;· Minor injuries units (MIU) can help with a range of things that are urgent but not life threatening, for example broken bones, sprains and minor burns; Blandford or Weymouth are your nearest MIUs.· 999 or Emergency Departments (A&E) should only be used in a life threatening situation. Dorchester is your nearest Emergency Department.For more information on local health services for you, your friends and family, visit www.staywelldorset.nhs.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 notbook the car on your behalf; you need to contact the co-ordinator on 07733 849 264. Please see the Neighbourhood Car Scheme page.
Surgery Telephone No: 01300 341666Dispensary (9.00 am to 10.00 am only) 01300 345163