Blood bottle shortage
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
Bank Holiday Closure
The surgery will be closed on Monday 30th August for the bank holiday. If you need any help or advice during this time, please phone 111. If it is a medical emergency, please phone 999.
Closure date for training
The surgery will be closed on Thursday 9th September 2021 from 3.30pm onwards for locality wide staff training. If you need help or advice during this time that cannot wait until we open again in the morning, please telephone 111. If it is a medical emergency, please telephone 999.
Unfortunately Dr Kirstie Stone will be leaving the practice on 28th July 2021 and Dr Medi Bordbar will be leaving the partnership on 31st August 2021.
We will be welcoming Dr Steve Clayton as a partner to the practice from 1st September 2021.
Dr Sarah Dowling is currently taking an extended leave of absence.
We are currently experiencing an increasingly high demand on our service and we would ask for your patience and understanding when dealing with the practice team.
We are aware of the planned move to lifting the remaining Covid restrictions in England from 19th July. Medical settings are a higher risk environment and will need to be subject to more controlled measures than other public facilities.
We are acting very cautiously and are maintaining: Face coverings, social distancing and PPE for healthcare staff. The delta variant is more transmissible and patient may unknowingly come to the practice when they are contagious. It is our duty to do all we can to keep both our patients and our staff safe whilst we deliver our care.
Changes to the Practice Podiatry Service
This is to notify patients that from 1st April 21, our practice Podiatry service will be provided by Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust. If you have been receiving podiatry treatment within the practice and have not been contacted about this change, please could you make contact with the reception team.
We are all excited to hear about the progress of the rolling out of the Covid vaccine and look forward to this improving the quality of life for all of us.
We know that you, like us, are struggling with the continued confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe.
To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:
- The vaccines are being rolled out in a very strict order
- Please do not contact the surgery nor the hospital to seek a vaccine
- We will contact you when the NHS has informed us that you are eligible
- We are still open if you have any medical concerns and will offer advice via the telephone whenever we can to prevent you leaving home unnecessarily
- With the current rapid increase in Covid-19 cases it is even more important to
wash your hands
wear a face mask as advised
keep 2 metres apart
Thank you for your patience