Welcome to The Bridges Medical Practice
With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
HELPING TO DEVELOP A STRONGER NETWORK OF PPGS IN DORSET
Invitation to Patient Participation Networking (PPG) Events
Want to find out how GP Patient Groups work? Join us at our network events on:
Wednesday 8th May 2.00pm -4.00pm in Bournemouth
Thursday 9th May 6.00pm - 8.00pm Blandford St Mary
These events are a great opportunity to find out about what patient groups do in Dorset and share ideas to help build better patient participation.
At our events you will be able to find out about:
How are GP practices are working closely together to deliver better patient care
How LiveWell Dorset are working to help local people lead healthier lives
There will be information stalls and opportunities to network with other PPG members. Refreshments will be provided.
For further details and to book you place please contact us:
Armed Forces Community Careers & Lifestyle Event
Wed 24th April 2019 at Kingston Maurward College
Deployment to Employment
This incredible event gives the opportunity for transitional members of the Armed Forces, Veterans, Reservists and Service Families to come and see what employment, training and reskilling opportunities there are available in 'civvy street'. There will be a number of organisations present who can offer you practical, relevant and current advice on securing employment; volunteering; finance and money management; health and wellbeing; housing and the welfare benefits system.
For those who are looking at further training to change career direction, there will also be advice on how to make the most of your learning credits to access further training and take that first step to build a new future following your transition.
Please click on the link for further information https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/armed-forces-community-careers-and-lifestyle-event-tickets-56416763057
Preparing for EU Exit - Medicines frequently asked questions
Please click on this link for further information https://www.england.nhs.uk/eu-exit/medicines/medicines-faq/
CLOSURE OF ABBOTSBURY ROAD SURGERY
Following the announcement in October that Abbotsbury Road Surgery will close at the end of March 2019, all patients registered with the surgery will receive a letter by 11th January 2019 advising them which local practice will be responsible for providing them with primary care services in the future and when the new arrangements will start.
Patients' new practices will have full access to both their health records and any repeat medication that they currently receive.
The process of transferring patient information has been scheduled outside of practice working hours however in a few cases it may mean that some services are unavailable at both Abbotsbury Road and the new practice for a short period of time on the day of transfer. This minimal disruption may also affect existing patients of the new practice and we ask for your consideration during these times.
During these down times there are a still a number of ways to get help if needed
- Call 111 for advice, they can also make you an appointment with the local out of hours GP service if you need it;
- Visit the Weymouth Urgent Treatment Centre at Weymouth Hospital;
- In an emergency call 999 or attend your nearest Emergency Department (also known as A&E).
Details of any disruption will be made available in advance both in practices and online via practice websites.
A drop in event has been organised for patients who have questions or would like more information. This takes place at Chickerell Primary Academy on 9th January between 5pm and 7pm.
There is no need to register and you will be able to chat to staff from your new practice along with the CCG team.
Practices are also organising welcome sessions for new patients. Details of these will be included in the letters.
Anyone who is unable to attend but have questions please contact email@example.com or call 0333 241 2495
Having your say helps to improve care for everyone, so please keep putting us to the test by giving us your feedback each time you use our services.
You can leave feedback on our website, via text or you can ask for a paper version at reception.
IMPROVED ACCESS TO GP SERVICES
WE ARE NOW ABLE TO OFFER PATIENTS GP AND NURSE APPOINTMENTS OUTSIDE OF NORMAL SURGERY TIMES. THESE APPOINTMENTS ARE ONLY BOOKABLE THROUGH YOUR OWN GP PRACTICE AND ARE AVAILABLE AT THE WEYMOUTH URGENT CARE CENTRE WEEKDAY EVENINGS BETWEEN 6.30 AND 8.00 PM AND AT WEEKENDS.
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IMPROVING ACCESS AND CONTINUITY OF CARE
Every patient at the surgery is allocated to a named GP, with whom the majority of your appointments will be booked with.
Your care is managed by your named GP to provide continuity of care which we believe is at the very heart of Family General Practice.
INFORMATION FOR FOREIGN TRAVEL ADVICE
Due to ongoing pressure on NHS services, there are fewer appointments available for travel advice.
We will endeavour to provide you with initial travel advice and free NHS vaccinations. If you require more advanced vaccinations you will need to arrange this with an alternative provider.
A local provider of this service is:
Boots Pharmacy, 12-13 Cornhill, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1BQ
Tel - 01305 264340
Alternatively you can search online for travel advice.
We would recommend you arrange a travel advice appointment eight weeks before you travel. We may not be able to accommodate requests at shorter notice and you may be directed to an alternative service on these occasions.
(Site updated 17/04/2019)