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.
Many people living with Dementia feel that having support along their journey will maximise independent living and prevent a crisis.
The Dementia Coordinator Service, delivered by Help & Care, is committed to supporting people to live well with Dementia.
If you are on a waiting list for an appointment but haven’t heard from the hospital since your referral please be assured that they will be in touch as soon as they are able to schedule your appointment.
The hospital specialty team that you have been referred to will be in touch from time to time to check if any of your symptoms have changed, and to check that you still wish to proceed with your appointment or procedure, the waiting lists are reviewed and re-prioritised on a regular basis so that the most urgent cases are dealt with as soon as possible.
If your condition deteriorates significantly at any point, then you may wish to get in touch with your GP for further advice.
This solar installation at The Bridges Medical Practice will save 10.1 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year
We had a cake sale......
On Monday 5th July we had a cake sale to coincide with the NHS 73rd birthday celebrations!
Jo, one of our brilliant receptionists arranged the cake sale with all proceeds to go to the Maternity Unit at Dorset County Hospital.
We had a lovely day, the staff wore pretty colourful clothes and the cakes looked amazing! We managed to raise £121.64!
A massive thanks to all who brought in cakes and made a donation and of course, thank you Jo for arranging a lovely day!
Worried about your child? - 'Healthier Together'
With the easing of lockdown and the approach of autumn, there is likely to be an increase in common childhood illnesses.
We wanted to make you aware of the ‘Healthier Together’ website https://what0-18.nhs.uk/parentscarers/worried-your-child-unwell which is a free and trusted source of useful advice and support for parents and carers of children of any age.
The nursing team would like to say thank you for the kind donations that have enabled us to purchase a new APBI (doppler) machine.
This has already made a great difference and benefited both the nursing team and patients requiring a doppler. The machine calculates all the information needed for the nurse to make decisions on the results. It has cut appointment times by half, reducing time patients need to spend in the surgery. We will have more doppler appointments, and therefore be able to see more patients requiring this service. This will speed up both treatment plans and referral times to vascular services if needed.
We’re helping reduce Dorset’s carbon footprint by installing solar panels.
Our project has been part funded by Low Carbon Dorset as part of the European Regional Development Fund and will save over TEN tonnes of CO2 a year!
In a bid to reduce our organisation’s carbon footprint we have upgraded our lighting to LEDs
Our project has been part funded by Low Carbon Dorset as part of the European Regional Development Fund and we will save over 20.9 tonnes of CO2 each year.
Polite notice to all our patients
FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED WITHIN THIS PRACTICE AT ALL TIMES
This can be a face covering of your choice, or we can provide a surgical face mask if needed.
Face masks are worn by all our staff all of the time to protect our patients and other staff, especially those whose immune system may be compromised.
Please use hand sanitising gel on entry to the building before you see your clinician, and respect social distancing within the building.
If you cannot comply with this requirement, you will be asked to wait outside or in your car until your appointment time.
Thank you all
Bridges Medical Practice partnership
The Dorset Self-Management Team
For many people, circumstances beyond the purely medical give rise to additional worries, issues and needs.
Social prescribing involves giving people time to focus 'on what matters to me' and takes a holistic approach to their health and wellbeing by offering help to community health groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support, helping to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare.
Dorset Minds Support Group
This month we are having a real focus on cervical smears for women between the ages of 18 and 65 as part of the national screening programme.
Cervical screening is the best way to protect yourself from cervical cancer.
Cervical screening checks a sample of cells from your cervix for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV).
These types of HPV can cause abnormal changes to the cells in your cervix and are called 'high risk' types of HPV.
If these types of HPV are found during screening (a HPV positive result), the sample of cells is then checked for abnormal changes. If abnormal cells are not treated, they may turn into cervical cancer.
The surgery has lots of available time slots for ladies, and be rest assured it is safe for your to attend to have this important test as usual. Staff will be in PPE and extra time for appointments is being allocated so that extra cleaning can take place.
Extra recall letters are being sent to anyone who missed their screening through the pandemic period to remind you, and if you know you are overdue, even more reason to get the test to look after yourself.
Please do not put this test off, it could save your life.
URGENT TREATMENT CENTRE
Open 8.00am - 8.00pm
7 days a week
IF YOUR INJURY IS NOT LIFE THREATENING OR SERIOUS THE URGENT TREATMENT CENTRE CAN TREAT:
- sprains and strains
- broken bones
- wound infections
- minor burns and scolds
- minor head injuries
- insect and animal bites
- minor eye injuries
- injuries to the back, shoulder an chest
DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK THE URGENT TREATMENT CENTRE IS PROVIDING TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS AND OFFER FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENTS ONLY WHERE STRICTLY NECESSARY
PLEASE DO NOT JUST TURN UP - YOU CANNOT BE SEEN WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT
NHS Diabetes Advice Helpline - FAQs
What it is and who is it for?
NHS Diabetes Advice is provided by NHS England and NHS Improvement in response to disruption to normal services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response.
The service is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate advice from a team of clinical advisors.
Whether they or a member of their household have caught the virus, or routine care has been disrupted, the helpline can provide clinical advice to help them understand how to effectively manage their diabetes.
How do patients access it?
The helpline is accessible via Diabetes UK’s support line on 0345 123 2399. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am – 6pm.
What clinical advice will the helpline provide?
NHS Diabetes Advice supports adults living with either type of diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition, and who require clinical advice on topics such as: Hyperglycaemia, Hypoglycaemia, Sick day rules and Missed injections.
However, the service is not intended to replace routine care, support paediatric patients or support pregnant patients. These patients are advised to contact their own doctor or care team.
Who are the clinical advisors?
NHS Diabetes Advice clinical advisors are volunteers. They are all health professionals with expertise in diabetes. All the advisors providing advice are clinically trained and competent.
Looking After Your Mental Health
Having a good mental health helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. There is expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing on the Every Mind Matters website.
There are some helpful tips on the website if you are worried about Coronovirus and advice on maintaining your mental health and wellbeing while staying at home.
Your GP practice is encouraging you to seek medical help when you need it! Although services are running differently, we are still very much here for you. Contact the surgery via eConsult or by phone to be assessed.
Here are some of our clinical team in their scrubs kindly provided by For The Love of Scrubs - Dorchester & Weymouth
Thank you very much!
A beautiful array of rainbows!
all created by our staff and their families
Medical Certificates: If you require a medical certificate this can be emailed to you, if you provide your email address. Please use e-Consult to request medical certificates. You will not be provided with a medical certificate to cover self-isolation or illness from COVID 19 infection. To obtain a note for this click here. This will produce a note to cover you.
Weymouth Leg Clubs
Leg clubs are a new initiative in Weymouth which is part of the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation.
The clubs focus on the 'social' model and are set in a non-clinical setting, generally in a community or church hall. They are very informal, with a friendly and social atmosphere where individuals can sit and chat, have a cup of tea or coffee, with the option to join in activities.
There are two permanent Nurses who attend the leg clubs daily, and other nurses from local surgeries make up the leg club team. All nurses work to best practice guidelines, are specifically trained in leg ulcer care and provide a high standard of care.
if any tests or treatment is required that the leg club cannot provided, they will refer you, or advise you how to get referred to the appropriate service, i.e. vascular/dermatology.
The clubs rely on volunteers who welcome you when you arrive at the club and provide refreshments. All refreshments are free of charge. We do however ask for a voluntary donation. We are a charity and must raise funds to pay for the hire of venues for the clubs.
The aim of the club is to encourage individuals to participate in their care in a social settling which can ease loneliness and provides an environment where you can meet old friends and make new ones. It also enables people to share their thoughts and experiences with others gaining support and encouragement to take ownership of their leg treatment plan.
Once open wounds are healed, or other issues managed, we encourage individuals to attend on a social basis so we can offer our 'well leg' service where we can help support the maintenance of 'healthy legs'.
Anyone with any problems or concerns involving their legs are welcome. This includes varicose veins, skin tears, eczema , bites, swollen legs, leaking legs, or open wounds.
Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
Do you have a repeat prescription?
The Electronic Prescription Service is a NHS Service that sends your prescription from a GP surgery to a pharmacy without the need for a paper copy. All you need to do is nominate a pharmacy of your choice and this pharmacy will receive your prescription form the GP, via the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
With EPS you will not have to visit the surgery to pick up your prescription anymore
You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because you can choose a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop
EPS is reliable and confidential
Your electronic prescription will only be seen by the same people in GP practices and pharmacies who see your paper prescription now
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.
Free Wi-Fi is here!
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.
(Site updated 18/05/2022)