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Flu Clinics 2018

NHS England has advised GP Practices that patients aged 65 and over will receive a different vaccine to patients under the age of 65 this year.  This reflects current Public Health England advice. 

The Adjuvanted Trivalent Influenza Vaccine (aTIV) is the most effective vaccine currently available for patients over the age of 65.  Adjuvants are substances which help to strengthen and lengthen the immune response to the vaccine.  This vaccine is being offered because it has been shown to work better in older adults.  The Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (QIV) will continue to be offered to patients under the age of 65.

For further information click on this link:

Due to this change across the whole of England, delivery of the vaccinations to general practice is spread over a longer period of time and therefore our clinics will be held slightly differently than in previous years.  Our first Saturday clinic will be in early October with a further Saturday clinic in November.

If you are aged 65 and over, have a long term medical condition such as chronic respiratory, heart, kidney, liver or neurological disease, diabetes, a weakened immune system, are morbidly obese, are a carer or are pregnant then please book your free flu jab.

Please speak to Reception to book an appointment. 

Self Care

Click here for further information.

GP Patient Survey 2018

The annual GP Patient Survey asks residents about their opinion on topics including the ease of making appointments, waiting times, the quality of care given, practice opening times and out of hours services. 

You can view the results by clicking on the following link - GP Patient Survey

Walking for Health

The North Dorset Walking For Health Scheme was established in late 2017 to create opportunities for people to benefit from group walking.  There is a Monday afternoon walk starting at The Barn Surgery and a Tuesday afternoon walk starting at Peacemarsh Surgery.  All walks are free.  For further information, please click on the following link, take a look at their Facebook page or see the attached leaflet

Could you be a volunteer Health Walk Leader?

Walking is a great way to stay healthy, both physically and mentally and lots of evidence suggests that regular walking with a group adds social benefits too. A free one-day training course for volunteer Walk Leaders will take place in Sherborne on Monday 22nd October. No prior experience is required, just lots of enthusiasm and an interest in supporting others to stay healthy. The North Dorset Walking For Health scheme has trained over 50 volunteers who now provide weekly Health Walks in Sturminster, Blandford, Shillingstone, Gillingham, Shaftesbury and Sherborne. These are opportunities for those who want to walk a short distance of 1-2 miles at a steady pace in a friendly group. All walks are free and local GP practices are supporting the scheme as they are keen to promote the health benefits associated with regular physical activity.

If you would like more information please contact Keith Harrison, Scheme Coordinator on 07825 691508 or email Details of all walks are on the scheme website  - - and there is a Facebook page -

Self-Management Health Coaching

The surgery now has a specialist Health Coach who is able to give more time and support for any of our patients with an on-going health condition or who is a carer:

  • Coaching not Counselling
  • For knowledge, confidence and skills to manage health conditions and the impact on day to day life
  • 18 years +
  • 45 minute appointments on a Wednesday at The Barn Surgery

For further information, please speak to Reception or your GP.

GPs can refer patients to this service or you can also self-refer by booking an appointment with Reception, phoning the Health Coach Helpline on 0303 303 0153 or by emailing

Coffee Companions

Coffee Companions was developed and launched a year ago in Gillingham with the help of Support the Elderly.  This initiative has since grown out of concern about the growing number of people experiencing social isolation and/or loneliness and the aim is for it to be useful to whole communities in creating connections and companionship in an informal way.  For further information, please visit their website

What is GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) ?

The GDPR is a new law that will become applicable from 25th May 2018 which supersedes the Data Protection Act.  It determines how your personal data is processed and kept safe, and the legal rights that you have in relation to your own data.  Its intention is to strengthen data protection for individuals across the European Union.  It covers anywhere in the world in which data about EU citizens is processed and will apply even after the UK leaves the EU.

We will be contacting our patients during May 2018 that we hold a mobile number for via text to gain consent for us to continue using this as a method of contact.  If you wish to continue to use our text messaging service, patients just need to reply START and your preferences will be recorded.  To decline just reply STOP.  Patients will receive the text weekly as a reminder if they do not respond.  If we do not receive a response by the end of May 2018, when our campaign finishes, patients records will automatically be recorded as declined. 

Please be aware that patients can change the preferences at any time, please just let Reception know. 

If you require any further information, please read our Privacy Notice or contact our Practice Manager, Emma Rolls.

Shingles Immunisation Programme

For further information regarding Shingles and the vaccination, please visit Please click here to look at the Shingles Eligibility poster to check whether you are entitled to a shingles vaccination and if you wish to book an appointment, please contact Reception.

Annual Reviews

Is it your birthday in NOVEMBER or DECEMBER - Happy Birthday from us all at the practice, but please don't forget you need to arrange to have your annual review for any of the following conditions:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure, Atrial Fibrillation,Heart Failure, Peripheral Artery Disease, Angina or have a history of Heart Attack,Stroke or TIA.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Dementia
  • Mental Health
  • Learning Disabilities 

DNA Appointments

Have you ever wondered why you sometimes can't get an appointment?  Each month we check how many appointments were booked but the patient failed to turn up - we call these Did Not Attends (DNA's):

DNAs in OCTOBER 2018 = 314

By not turning up for appointments you waste Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Practice Nurses and Health Care Assistants' time and prevent other patients from seeing a clinician.

Please help us to help you by cancelling appointments if not needed so we can offer them to other patients. 

If you receive text message reminders for your appointments, you can now reply "CANCEL" if you are unable to make your appointment and this will automatically be cancelled for you.


Smoke Stop Service - Book Now

If you are interested in stopping smoking, please contact reception for more information on our hugely sucessful service or to book an appointment.

Support in Dorset

Please see the leaflet LiveWell Dorset for information regarding who LiveWell Dorset are, how they can help, the services they offer such as weight management, exercise and healthy living, and how to register.

For information on Living Well Courses, please click on the following link: Living Well Courses

For information regarding child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in Dorset, please visit their website

Patient Records Online

In addition to being able to book appointments online and order your repeat prescriptions. You can now request to view your detailed coded medical information online too. Please ask at Reception to register for an online account to sign-up for this service.

Friends and Family Test

Would you recommend us to your friends and family?

Please take a moment to fill out a form either online or at the surgery.  You can also use our automated text messaging service after you attend for your appointment.

Please click here  to complete an online form. 


Clinical Services Review

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