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.
Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province
Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.
If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:
stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area
Anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
Please follow this advice even if you do not have the symptoms of the virus.
If you develop a fever, difficulty breathing or a cough, you should continue to follow the advice above. Please do not leave your home until you have been given advice by a clinician.
Please click on the link below for more information.
Have you been told by your clinician that you are Pre – Diabetic?
During February we are holding discussion evenings at both surgeries led by a Diabetic Dietician. These evenings will offer patients the opportunity to find out the facts and gain strategies for reversing the condition.
The Littlemoor Surgery - Monday 24th February - Starting at 6.15 with tea/coffee served from 6pm.
The Bridges Medical Practice - Wednesday 26th February - Starting at 6.15 with tea/coffee served from 6pm.
To book a place please contact either surgery – places are strictly limited.
Weymouth Leg Clubs
Leg clubs are a new initiative in Weymouth which is part of the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation. They are spread out over 5 locations in Weymouth and operate on a drop-in basis from 9.30 - 12.00 NO APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED.
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.
Leg Clubs are at the following locations
Monday - St Francis Church Hall, Littlemoor, DT3 6SL 9.30 - 12.00
Tuesday - Westham Methodist Church, Newstead Road (off Abbotsbury Rd) DT4 0AR 9.30 - 12.00
Wednesday - Willowbed Hall, Chickerell, DT3 4AJ 9.30 - 12.00
Thursday - The Springfield Centre/Reynolds Centre, 536 Dorchester Rd, DT3 5BY 9.30 - 12.00
Friday - Wyke Regis Community Centre, Ryemead Lane, DT4 9NS 9.30 - 12.00
Citizens Advice Advisor
We now have a Citizens Advice advisor holding a weekly clinic at The Bridges Medical Practice.
- Are your worries affecting your health?
- Do you need to know your rights?
- Are you getting all the benefits that you are entitled to?
- Are you in debt?
- Do you need help with housing, employment or relationship issues?
The clinic will be held on Tuesday afternoons.
You can make an appointment to see the advisor through the receptionist at The Bridges Medical Practice.
Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
Do you have a repeat prescription?
Do you find it a struggle to get to the surgery to collect your prescription and then go to the chemist to get it dispensed?
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
A patient kindly left the practice a donation for which we are very grateful. This donation has made it possible to create a new Nurse's room.
The room is now complete. Please take a look at our photos below.
WALKING FOR HEALTH!
Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active and become healthier! Check out the Walking for Health website to join in on a local walk!
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.
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.
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 18/02/2020)