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Practice Update

After over twenty years of working here at Gillingham Medical Practice, sadly Dr. Tim Wood will be leaving at the end of 2017 to take up new challenges within General Practice.  He will be greatly missed and we wish him very well in his future pursuits.

Dr. Sue Taylor, who has recently joined the Barn Surgery, will now move over to Peacemarsh Surgery and join the team on a Tuesday and Wednesday.

We are also pleased to confirm that, as a Training Practice, we will have a new Registrar joining Peacemarsh Surgery from February 2018.

Thank you to all of our patients for your continued support.

Improved Access

As patients may have heard in the local news, improved access to Primary Care Services is being reviewed in North Dorset and across the country.  We are currently working in partnership with other North Dorset GP Surgeries, Dorset Healthcare, Dorset County Hospital and SWAST.  It is in the developmental phase and more information will be available in the new year.

Flu Immunisation Programme 2017

If you are aged 65 and over OR are diabetic, have respiratory, heart, liver or kidney problems, if your immunity is low, your BMI is >40, you are the main carer for someone or you are pregnant then you should have a flu jab.

Please book an appointment with Reception. 

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

Swimming for the Brain

Swimming For The Brain sessions commence on Thursday 7th September 2017 for 6 months and will run each week from 11:00am - 12noon. 

Riversmeet Leisure Centre have put plans in place to provide dementia friendly free swimming sessions for people living with dementia and their carers/relatives.

This pilot scheme is fully supported by us here at Gillingham Medical Practice and we have assisted in making sure the sessions can be enjoyed by those who would normally feel isolated at home.  All staff at Riversmeet Leisure Centre and Gillingham Medical Practice are trained as Dementia Friends so fully understand the needs of those living with dementia. 

This scheme has been made possible due to a grant from the Dorset County Council Innovation Fund.

Only patients registered with Gillingham Medical Practice can be referred for these free sessions by their GP.

For further information or to discuss a referral, please contact the surgery.

GP Patient Survey 2017

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. 

The following link reveals the results of Dorset Practices

To read our response to the results, please click here

Extended Hours

Barn Surgery

Monday mornings 7:00am - 8:00am

Alternate Thursday evenings 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Peacemarsh Surgery

Wednesday mornings 7:00am - 8:00am

Alternate Thursday evenings 6:30pm - 7:30pm

These appointments will be available to book in advance with reception and online. 

If you need urgent medical help or advice (including emergency dental problems) between 6:30pm - 08:30am please call 111.  Click here for a useful factsheet containing more information on urgent medical Advice and support.

Out-of-hours services are generally very busy so please think carefully before asking to see a doctor and only do so if you genuinely cannot wait until the surgery re-opens.

In a genuine emergency you should call 999.

Annual Reviews

Is it your birthday in FEBRUARY or MARCH ?  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 with a GP?  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 JANUARY 2018 = 51

By not turning up for appointments you waste doctors 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.


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. 

Staff Training

Please note the practice will be closed for staff training on: -

6th March 2018 (3:30pm - 6:30pm)

If you require urgent medical attention whilst the practice is closed, please phone 111.  In an emergency dial 999. 

Smoke Stop Service now available

If you are interested in stopping smoking, please contact reception for more information on our new Smoke Stop Service or to book an appointment.

Living Well

Please see the leaflet LiveWell Dorset for information regarding who LiveWell Dorset are, how they can help, the services they offer and how to register.

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

PPG Newsletter

The latest edition of the PPG newsletter 'An Apple a Day' can be found in the Patient Participation section of our 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.

Clinical Services Review

The Clinical Services Review website has all the latest information and further details: -

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