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The flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus which infects many people and can cause serious illness and death each year, it is recommended yearly for those most at risk of flu, this includes:
Our Saturday flu clinics have now finished for the season. But it's not too late to still book your flu vaccination....
Please telephone 01929 462376 after 11am on any weekday to book an appointment for your flu vaccination.
If there is someone you rely on to care for you, please ask them to contact their own GP practice as they may be eligible for a free flu vaccination.
If you are the parent of a child (aged either 2 or 3, or under 18 with a long term medical condition that puts them at risk) please call reception and ask for a child flu appointment at the surgery, the changes due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the possible reactions information below applies and should be understood before your child's appointment.
During the pandemic we are still able to provide flu vaccinations at the surgery we must ask all patients to ensure you only attend your appointment if:
Please also note:
Please ensure you are fully aware of the possible reactions to the flu vaccination by downloading and reading the leaflets below, there will only be a limited number of leaflets available to takeaway from the flu clinic for those who do not have access to the internet.
For patients aged 50 - 64 - please see the patient information leaflet page 1, and page 2
For patients over 65 - please see the patient brochure and the patient information leaflet.
You can phone our reception team on 01929 462376 after 11am on any weekday to book an appointment for your flu vaccination.
Managing life with a health condition isn't always easy. Understanding and keeping track of medications, treatments, tests and appointments with healthcare professionals are important, but also a health condition can affect our emotions, how we feel about ourselves, our social life, hobbies and day to day routines at home. Feeling confident managing all of that can be a challenge.
At The Wellbridge Practice we have a health coach as part of our team. Clinical healthcare professionals like doctors and nurses can be really important to help us manage the medical aspects of our health, and health coaches can help us manage the emotional and practical impact in our day to day life.
The health coaches are there to support people with health conditions to feel more confident, and have lots of experience talking about a whole range of subjects:
Our health coach, Karen, supports surgeries across the Purbeck area, and is a part of our team here to support you. Lots of patients and their carers say how hard it is when healthcare professionals only have ten minutes, but health coaches have up to 45 mins for each session to listen to you and support you.
Sessions with our health coach might be for you if you...
Your GP, practice nurse or any member of the Wellbridge team can refer you to the Health Coach, so if you are interested in this, please mention it to one of the team.
The Diabetic Eye Screening Programme is operated by Health Intelligence (commissioned by NHS England). If you are eligible, and are referred by the practice, the service will see you at this practice, to ensure you don't have too far to travel.
We run an in house, nurse led service for the treatment of venous ulcers. This covers the dressing and on-going assessment of leg ulcers.
If you don't come to the surgery very often, we suggest you make an appointment with one of the Practice Nurses for a well person check. You would have a check of your blood pressure, height and weight, and family history, and have a urine test for diabetes. Women are offered a smear test (a breast check is available on request). All this is free of charge and only takes a few minutes.
Please complete the questionnaire you received when you registered, and see the Practice Nurse for a health check. This helps us to get any information we need from your last doctor and spot potential health problems early on.
We can offer details of local Smokestop services which are available to help patients who wish to give up smoking. Please ask at reception for details.
Antenatal Clinic/Child Development Clinic
Tuesday afternoon – There are some tests and other advice recommended for women who may be thinking of planning a baby. The aim is to prevent handicap and ensure maximum health of your new baby.
Every third Thursday afternoon from 2pm-3pm with the Health Visitor.
Smears are usually performed by the practice nurse, or may be done by a doctor. The test can detect cell changes in the cervix (neck of the womb) that can sometimes lead to cancer. If the changes are present, treatment is nearly always simple, effective, and without major surgery – this is a preventative test to stop cancer before it starts. We recommend a test every THREE or FIVE years.
If you are a woman aged between 25 – 65, then you are probably one of the eight out of ten who have had your smear test already. If you are one of the other two and still uncertain, why not make an appointment with a Practice Nurse or your Doctor and talk about it first? It is most important at any age – and we would especially encourage ladies aged 45 to 65 to have a smear.
Patients who have had a total hysterectomy do not usually need a smear. Ask your doctor if you are not sure.
We offer a later evening smear clinic. Please ask at reception for details.
Confidential advice on contraception (including emergency contraception, teenage, and menopause contraception) is available from the doctors, the nurse practitioner and practice nurses.
For emergency contraception during out of hours please telephone Dorset Emergency Care Service on 111
There is an IUCD (coil) fitting service available currently run by Dr French. If you are interested in the 3 year contraceptive implant then do please contact us for further information
Please see your doctor who will arrange any treatment needed. Many minor skin operations can be done at the surgery. (Cosmetic surgery is not done here but we can advise on a hospital specialist who is able to do this.) Minor InjuriesWe offer an initial assessment of casualty type injuries within surgery opening hours. We will then either offer the next available appointment to see the Practice Nurse, for any treatment that may be necessary, or advise you to go to the nearest hospital casualty department.
The nearest full scale Accident and Emergency Department is in Dorchester.
(The next nearest full service is at Poole. There are nurse-led minor injuries departments at Weymouth and at Swanage but these have a more restricted service.)
Children's vaccinations take place on a Wednesday afternoon by appointment or at other times if an appointment is made with the Practice Nurse.
Adult vaccinations are done by appointment with the practice nurse. In case of injury you may require a tetanus vaccination, although normally a full course of three followed by two booster doses at 10-year intervals are all that is required for lifelong protection.
We particularly recommend this for patients of all ages with heart, chest or kidney disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. It is also recommended for all people aged over 65 years, and for residents of nursing and rest homes. Please contact the reception staff in October for details of the dates of our flu vaccination clinics.
If you have a general enquiry eg requesting test results, we shall be pleased to help you if you telephone 01929 462376 AFTER 2.00pm Monday to Thursday and AFTER 2.30pm on Fridays.
Please do not ring during morning surgery as we are too busy to check for you at this time and you will be asked to call back.
If you have online services you can check test results online, please see the online services page for more information.
If you have a query regarding your medication you can speak to a Dispenser on their direct telephone line 01929 401265 at the following times:
(Please do not telephone the main surgery number with medication queries at other times as reception staff are not able to help you and you will be asked to call back).
When your test is taken you will be told how long it will be before the results are likely to be returned to the practice. Doctors will always endeavour to inform patients of abnormal results (assuming a review appointment had not already been suggested). However, it remains your responsibility to check your results with reception.
Please be aware: Test results take time to reach us, so please do not ring before you have been advised to do so. (Please ring 01929 462376 after 2pm Mon – Thurs and after 2.30pm on Fri for results of tests and general enquiries)
Enquiries about tests ordered by the hospital should be directed to the hospital, not the practice.
Please collect a travel questionnaire from the surgery or download below and hand in at reception once completed. Travel clinics take place on a Friday afternoon, so your request will be dealt with the Friday following submission of your questionnaire, when the Practice Nurse will contact you to arrange an appointment, which will be between 3.30 and 5.50 p.m. on a Friday. The Practice Nurse can provide a wide range of travel health advice, including malaria prevention and prophylaxis.
This service is only available if we receive your travel health questionnaire 6 weeks prior to the date of your departure.
Download Travel Risk Assessment Form here
A charge is payable for some travel vaccinations.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Please note that your fully completed travel assessment form must reach the GP Nurses at least six weeks prior to the date of your travel. Any later than this may mean we are unable to offer you a service. Also please give us as much information as possible on the form.
The Friday following receipt of your completed travel assessment form, or eight weeks prior to travel, the nurse will assess the risks for your, based on the information you have provided, your medical records, and her research. She will then email you detailed information about your travel risks, in order for you to make an informed decision as to which vaccinations, if any, you feel that you need. If you have no email address, she will telephone you to let you know the information is ready for you to collect from the surgery reception desk, at your convenience. Certain courses of vaccinations require a period of at least a month to complete. Some vaccinations have to be ordered and paid for prior to you receiving them.
If you are unable to complete the travel assessment form six weeks before travel, there is a private travel clinic at Boots the Chemist, in Poole, who may be able to help at short notice.
The number of forms doctors are being asked to complete is growing fast. They take us longer and longer! In some cases, someone other than a doctor can sign the form for you. The doctor is only allowed to sign a passport application if he has known you personally for two years. BUPA and other private medical insurance claim forms can be signed by your specialist. A parent should sign certificates for school.
Certificates for sickness for periods of less than a week should usually be signed by the sick person themselves using form SC1 available at the surgery – a medical certificate is not normally required. Holiday cancellation insurance does not need a doctor's letter – it needs an official claim form obtainable from your Insurers (a doctor usually does need to fill part of it in.)
If a doctor is asked to do any of the above or similar tasks, we will gladly comply – but will probably charge a fee. Please also allow up to 7 days for this to be completed.
The NHS does not pay for medical examinations for HGV and PSV licenses, and for pre employment. Some insurance forms such as the certificate for elderly drivers' insurance appear deceptively simple but need a full medical examination for their completion. Examinations of this nature take quite a long time and are therefore expensive.
A special appointment will be required – not an ordinary surgery appointment – and the fee is payable by the patient at the time of the examination.
Examinations for life insurance companies will also need a special appointment. The fee in this case is usually payable by the Life Insurance Company concerned.
HEALTH COACHING - if you are over 18 and have a long term health condition or are a carer for someone with a health condition
Managing life with a health condition isn't always easy. We know that understanding and keeping track of medications, treatments, tests and appointments with healthcare professionals are important, but also that a health condition affects our emotions, how we feel about ourselves, our social life, hobbies and day to day routines at home. Feeling confident managing all of that can be a challenge.
At The Wellbridge Practice we have health coaches who are part of our team. Clinical healthcare professionals like doctors and nurses can be really important to help us manage the medical aspects of our health, and health coaches can help us manage the emotional and practical impact in our day to day life.
Our health coach, Karen, is based here at The Wellbridge Practice one a week on a Tuesday, and is part of our team here to support you. Lots of patients and their carers say how hard it is when healthcare professionals only have ten minutes, but health coaches have up to 45mins for each session to listen to you and support you.
Sessions with the health coach may be for you if you:
This free confidential service is for anyone over the age of 18 who has a health condition or is a carer. The health coach has up to six session of 45 minutes with you. These sessions are here at the surgery.
Your GP, practice nurse or any member of the reception team can refer you to see the Health Coach, so if you are interested in this, please mention it to one of the team at The Wellbridge Practice.
As at 09/01/21
Good news, we now have an anticipated first delivery date.
We are working towards our first covid vaccination clinics taking place at Wareham Hospital on:
Thursday 14th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th January 2021
We are telephoning our eligible patients who meet the priority criteria set out below.
in the meantime please do not call us, we will call you when we are able to book an appointment for you or the person you care for.
We are using the information from the JCVI on the priority groups that should be called for the covid vaccination - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020
Cohort 1 are residents in a care home for older adults – The Wellbridge Practice do not have any patients in this cohort
Cohort 2 are all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers – please note in this first delivery we do not have enough vaccinations to cover all patients in this cohort therefore we have applied the priority order listed below.
The patients from the first cohorts being called to the first covid vaccination clinics at Wareham Hospital are:
When we have the next delivery of vaccines (which we hope will be very soon) we will then be calling:
As these clinics are taking place at Wareham Hospital we are, as yet, unable to call housebound patients to book appointments even if they fall into one of the above categories, this is due to the logistic arrangements around the storage and transportation of the vaccines. When we have a delivery of vaccines for our housebound patients we will make contact with these patients to arrange for them to receive their vaccinations at home, as per the usual arrangements for having their flu vaccination.
If you appear in one of the other cohorts in the JCVI list which are not detailed above please do not call or contact the surgery or Wareham hospital to ask when you are likely to receive your vaccination.
We will be calling eligible patients when we have vaccines for your cohort. Thank you for understanding.
**Frontline health and social care workers - we have been advised that there are not enough vaccines in this first delivery to cover this cohort of patients, we will therefore be in contact with those staff who have already provided us with evidence at the earliest possibility when we have further vaccinations and are able to book appointments for you. If you are yet to provide us with confirmation of your employment, we require a letter from your employer with your job title, and confirmation from you about your interaction with patients/clients, ie do you visit their home addresses, are you visiting multiple patients, do you care for patients in the 80+ age category? Each request will be reviewed on a case by case basis to provide priority for those who can receive the vaccination in advance of their own age cohort. Please provide the required documentation to the surgery reception to be considered for the vaccination. Many thanks
As at 06/01/21
We understand that our delivery has been delayed, and if not delayed then we will have less notice of its arrival. We are poised and ready to call our eligible patients just as soon as we know when we will be vaccinating. Thank you for bearing with us.
As at 30/12/20
As you are all aware the Covid-19 vaccine is imminent. However, it will not be coming to individual practices. The 6 Purbeck practices are working together under the Purbeck Primary Care Network to deliver the programme.
At this time we are working towards the vaccination programme for the Purbeck area, for those able to travel, taking place for the majority of patients at Wareham Hospital; using a central site will allow practices to keep running in an effective manner as possible (albeit with reduced staffing) and allow for the required mass storage of the vaccination at the necessary temperature.
At this time we are working towards an anticipated delivery date of the vaccine of 11th January, as you may have seen in the press there are strict deadlines for the use of the vaccine so we anticipate that our first clinics will take place 12th - 14th January. We will only receive 7 days notice that the delivery is confirmed to take place on the anticipated date, as soon as we receive the confirmation we will then begin contacting our patients in the priority order set out in the government guidelines. These guidelines are changing regularly based on findings from the first waves of vaccination programmes and the additional documentation following approval of a second vaccination.
We are currently working through our patient lists to ensure we have up to date information. Please do not contact the surgery or Wareham Hospital to enquire when you are likely to receive your vaccination or how to book an appointment, however if you wish to be as prepared as possible, please ensure we have your latest mobile number, if you haven't received a text from us recently (ie to book your flu vaccination) it means we may have an old, or no mobile telephone number for you. The quickest and most efficient way for us to organise your covid vaccination appointment is to text you. You can ensure we have your up to date information by using this form - contact details form
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