Antibody Testing for COVID-19
NHS staff in Dorset are being tested as part of the government’s national antibody testing programme.
The antibody tests are used to see if someone has previously had the virus. It is different to the general test for COVID-19 as it is a blood test and not a swap test.
The test lets us know if someone has had the virus and developed antibodies, but it does not tell us if someone is immune to COVID-19.
Over the next few weeks we are testing all NHS staff in Dorset using our specialist lab at Poole Hospital. The testing will then be rolled out to social care staff. At the moment under the national scheme tests are not available for the wider public but as soon as that changes, we will let people know.
If you receive a positive antibody result it does not mean that you’re immune, or that you cannot pass on the virus to others. It also does not mean that you can ignore social distancing measures.
Accessing General Practice Leaflet - an informative leaflet which explains how you can continue to access our services during COVID -19
Accessing General Practice Leaflet
Looking after your Mental Health and Wellbeing - For expert advice and practical tips please click on Every Mind Matters
COVID-19 Caring for people at highest clinical risk - Background and FAQs for patients Please click on this link to view
Nutrition Advice for COVID 19 - A Good Diet is Important
The PPG chairs would like to stay connected with you during this period as we self-isolate.
We would like to send you information to help you stay healthy and active.
The first subject is our food and drink. The food and drink we consume is critical to our
physical and mental health.
The first feature is written by Isabel Hooley, BSc, PgDip, HCPC, HEE Wessex QI Fellow Dietician at Dorset County Hospital Nutrition and Dietetics Service.
It is well worth reading and if you think some of your neighbours or friends in Weymouth &
Portland would benefit from this advice please forward it to them.
We will try to stay connected with you during this crisis via emails and the internet. Please
remember the NHS cares for us and the PPGs are trying to support our local NHS.
Chair Weymouth & Portland PPG Chairs
Please this link for more information
IMPORTANT CHANGES DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
Thank you for all your social distancing efforts. This is so important in halting the spread of the pandemic and allowing our NHS services to cope. In order to comply with this, we are open for booked appointments only. All requests for appointments, visits or procedures will be triaged by a GP or Nurse. Please only come to the surgery if you are invited to do so.
The e-consult tool is the preferred method of contact with your GP as you can get a direct reply back without needing to wait on the telephone.
You may drop off your prescription requests in the letter box outside the surgery still or order your prescriptions online. Please provide the surgery with a nominated chemist to send it to as you will not be able to collect prescriptions from the surgery.
Pharmacies are under immense pressure at the moment so please allow as much time as possible before collection.
- Online booking: Online bookings can be made, but patients cannot book face to face appointments. Instead you can book telephone appointments. A doctor will call you back and consider whether you need to be seen – and if so will book you into appointments directly. Please ensure that you look out for call backs as the incoming number will be a withheld number. We will endeavour to call you back as near to the appointment time as possible.
- eConsult: You can submit an electronic consultation online via the website and this will be checked by one of our doctors within 48 hours and replies will come directly back to you.
- Online access: Online access will enable you to order prescriptions directly with the practice and is a more efficient way of requesting medication - please register for this if not already.
- Contact details: Please ensure we have an up to date telephone number for you as this is the best way of contacting you.
Please be aware that our team are working extremely hard in exceptionally difficult circumstances to ensure we can provide a safe service for you.
Thank you for your patience in this difficult time - Leonie Edwards (Practice Manager)
Click here to view a letter from the GP partners detailing advice and changes
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.
Electronic Prescription Service
We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from 24th March 2020.
You will no longer need to pick up paper prescriptions, your prescription will be available at the pharmacy of your choice.
Leg Club - If you have a leg ulcer, open sore, swollen legs or a concern regarding your legs please pop into one of our legs clubs. Monday St Francis Church Hall, Littlemoor, 9.30 - 12.00. Tuesday Club - Westham Methodist Church, Newstead Road 09.30 - 12.00. Wednesday Club - Willowbed Hall, Chickerell 09.30 - 12.00. Friday Club - Wyke Regis Community Centre, Ryemead Lane 09.30 - 12.00
Free Wi-Fi is now available.. - Look up health information, download health apps and browse the internet!
We are working to improve access to appointments for our patients, in particular at evenings and weekends. If you would like to be offered one of these appointments, which may be at a different site, please ask the surgery.
Advanced Practice Physiotherapists - We have two Advanced Practice Physiotherapists holding clinics in the practice. There will be a Joint Injection Clinic and an Assessment Clinic and these will be held at The Bridges and at Littlemoor Surgery. Please speak to a receptionist if you want to book an appointment.
Shortage of Hep A and Hep B Vaccine - There is currently a global shortage of Hep B and Hep A vaccines. While these supplies are limited, these vaccines will be prioritised for those at highest immediate risk. Please discuss with the Practice Nurse should you require more information.
Waiting Room Blood Pressure Monitor - We have a blood pressure monitor in the surgery that patients can use. Please ask a member of staff who will be happy to assist you. Whilst waiting for your GP or Nurse's appointment you can measure your blood pressure using the monitor and get a printout of your B/P reading to take into your appointment.