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GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

In line with the new GDPR, which comes into force on 25th May 2018, we will be contacting our patients 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 consent by the end of May 2018, patients records will be recorded as declined. 

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

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 MAY or JUNE ?  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 

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.

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 or take a look at their Facebook page

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.

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.

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 APRIL 2018 = 155

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.


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. 

Our Friends & Family results for March 2018 are

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


Clinical Services Review

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