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Due to increasing and sometimes overwhelming demand for our daily Sit and Wait Surgery, we may need to limit the number of patients we are able to see. If the surgery is full, the receptionist will help you make other arrangements.
Thank you for your understanding.
Due to the new General Data Protection Regulations, from July 1st 2018 the following procedures will be in place:
The receptionists will need to record in your notes that they have seen ID and consent.
Thank you for your co-operation as we implement this change.
We are able to send prescriptions directly to your chosen pharmacy electronically, so please let us know if you wish to nominate a pharmacy. This will save you having to come into the surgery to collect your prescription.
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.
Patient Decision Aid - Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Knee replacement surgery is usually necessary when the knee joint is worn or damaged to the extent that your mobility is reduced and you experience pain even while resting.
Adults of any age can considered for a knee replacement, although most are carried out on people between the ages of 60 and 80.
NHS Dorset Clinial Commissioning Group has been developing a new patient decision aid for total knee replacements over the last year. The decision aid provides information on:
The decision aid consists of a video and a series of questions to enale you to make a decision as to whether total knee replacement surgery is the best option for you.
Register online with your email address to view the video. Allow 40 minutes. You may watch the videos and complete the questions with a friend or relative. http://dorset.medicaldecisions.co.uk
Information and advice about care and support for adults in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole.
If you find it difficult to live safely and independently in your home, you can find help here. Our solutions offer information and advice to help you make informed choices about living the life you want. Please click on the link for more information https://www.mylifemycare.com
The Weymouth and Portland Community Urgent Care Centre (CUCC) will open its doors on 1st July, replacing the existing Minor Injuries Unit and Walk-in Centre at Weymouth Community Hospital.
Open from 8am to 11pm, seven days a week, the centre aims to bring care closer to home, reducing the need for trips to Dorset County Hospital and offering a more efficient, joined up service for patients.
The centre will be located in the same part of the hospital, in Melcombe Avenue, as the existing MIU and Walk-in Centre, and offer seven day X-ray facilities. It will provide treatment for problems such as:
sprains and broken bones
minor burns, cuts, animal bites and infected wounds
chest infections and asthma attacks
bladder and kidney infections
The CUCC will not be a substitute for GP treatment. You will be referred to your GP or community pharmacy if the problem is not urgent. However, if you do need urgent treatment between the hours of 8am and 11pm, the centre will be the place to go.
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Please can all of our patients be aware that In order to protect patient's confidentiality, all of our telephone numbers are withheld. This also means that if you have a call barring system in place for withheld numbers we will not be able to contact you. If this affects you could you please inform the receptionist who will ensure that this is noted in your records. We will then make alternative arrangements should we need to telephone you at home.
Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that can be easily resolved without a doctor's appointment.
It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, and athlete's foot. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.
Keeping a well stocked medicine cabinet at home can help you treat many minor ailments. Colds, coughs, indigestion and many other minor complaints can all be treated with medicines that are available over the counter.
Your pharmacist can advise on what you might find useful to keep in your medicine cabinet. Always follow the instructions on the medicine label and consult your doctor if the illness continues or becomes more severe.
Pharmacists offer professional free health advice at any time - you don't need an appointment. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses. They can answer questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. Your local Pharmacist can also advise on healthy eating.
Pharmacists can also advise on health eating, obesity and giving up smoking. Some pharmacists have private areas where you can talk in confidence. They may suggest you visit your GP for more serious symptoms. It is possible to purchase many medicines from the chemist without a prescription. Watch this short video on how you can get the most out of your local pharmacy
NHS Walk-In Centres offer convenient access to a range of NHS services for patients based in England only. You can receive treatment for many ailments including:
NHS Walk In Centres treat around 3m patients a year and have proved to be a successful complementary service to traditional GP and A&E services. Some centres offer access to doctors as well as nurses. However, they are not designed for treating long-term conditions or immediately life-threatening problems.
Major A&E departments assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses. Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for emergencies, such as:
If you're injured or seriously ill, you should go, or be taken, to A&E. If an ambulance is needed you can call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK. You can also dial 112, which is the equivalent for the European Union.
Major A&E departments offer access 365 days a year and usually open 24 hours a day. Be aware that not all hospitals have an A&E department.
Acute diarrhoea is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection and affects almost everyone from time to time. A common cause in both children and adults is gastroenteritis, an infection of the bowel.
Bouts of diarrhoea in adults may also be brought on by anxiety or drinking too much coffee or alcohol. Diarrhoea may also be a side effect of a medication
NHS Symptoms, causes, treatment and information
Macmillan Cancer Support Diarrhoea as a result of cancer treatments
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Burns - Explains the immediate treatment for burns and scalds.
Fits - How to deal with fits (convulsions/seizures) in adults and young children.
Wounds - Immediate actions for wounds, bleeding, and bleeding associated with fractures.
Unconscious patient who is breathing - How to deal with an unrousable patient who IS breathing (includes recovery position)
CPR for adults - Adults who have collapsed, unrousable and NOT breathing.
CPR for babies - Babies who are unrousable and NOT breathing.
Collapsed patient in detail - Explains the complete scenario including checks for breathing, circulation, etc.
These files have been prepared by Sussex Ambulance Service and comply with European Resuscitation Council Guidelines.
British Red Cross - First Aid Tips Simple, straightforward and easy to understand first aid tips
St Johns Ambulance St John Ambulance believes that everyone should learn at least the basic first aid techniques.
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. It can cause nasal stuffiness, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat and a cough. Usually it's a self-limiting infection – this means it gets better by itself without the need for treatment.
On average, adults have two to five colds each year and school-age children can have up to eight colds a year. Adults who come into contact with children tend to get more colds. This is because children usually carry more of the virus, for longer.
In the UK, you’re more likely to get a cold during the winter months although the reasons why aren’t fully understood at present.
For most people, a cold will get better on its own within a week of the symptoms starting without any specific treatment. However, there are treatments that can help to ease your symptoms and make you feel more comfortable. These are available from your pharmacy, which means that you can treat yourself, rather than needing to see your GP.
There is no cure for colds. Antibiotics, which treat infections caused by bacteria, don't work on cold viruses.
There are a number of self-help measures that may help to ease the symptoms of a cold.
You should try to make sure you get enough rest if you have a cold. It’s not usually necessary to stay off work or school.
Colds & Flu A factsheet on the causes, symptoms, treatment & prevention of colds & the flu
NHS - is it the common cold or the flu? Colds and flu can share some of the same symptoms (sneezing, coughing, sore throat) but are caused by different viruses, and flu can be much more serious. Find out
Factsheet - Common ColdInformation about the diagnosis, treatment and symptoms of the common cold