TOP TIPS - How to get the best from your Appointments
The following provides some tips for you to help you get the most from your appointment.
Ask yourself: How important is it that I'm seen quickly, or would I be better waiting for an appointment with a particular GP? If you have a long-term condition you'll probably benefit from a GP who knows you. Do I really need to see the GP or could the nurse or pharmacist help me?
Don't be put off by a GP who runs late - they may be spending needed time with patients. One day you may appreciate them running late for you.
It's tempting to bring a list of unrelated problems, but consider what's achievable in 10 minutes. 4 problems in 10 minutes - that's 150 seconds each. It's often better to come back again and spend more time on a problem rather than squeeze as many as you can in one ten minute appointment.
Before you see the GP, work out in your own mind what you're worried about, and highlight any particular concerns. Consider preparing short notes, including how you would describe your symptoms.
Get to the point, don't beat about the bush and dont' keep improtant issues until the end.
Wear accessible clothing if you're likely to need to undress for examination.
Make sure you understand what happens next, if you are not sure ask to go through the plan again.
Have your say and get your views heard; join our Patient Participation Group.
Dorset's Health Services - The need to change. Your vision - Your voice - Your NHS
Dorset Clinical Commisioning Group is the name of a group of local doctors and other health professionals whose job it is to plan and secure the healthcare of Dorset's people. Our members come from 100 GP practices across the county. Please click the link for more information. Dorset CCG Need for Change Jan 2015 low res.pdf
Telephone Number Withheld
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.
Join The Conversation - Public Information Events - January 2015
Clinicians in Dorset and the surrounding areas are looking at ways to improve health care so that everybody in the county has access to safe, high-quality, affordable services now and in the future.
Come and find out about the proposals they are developing at a series of public events in January. Please clink on the link for more information. http://www.dorsetsvision.nhs.uk/get-involved/
Warning - Another scam to be aware of ...
It has been reported that a patient from another surgery was contacted by someone purporting to be the Chief Medical Officer of Southampton, telling them that her regular pharmacy would be closed for the entire month of December and that as a result she would not be able to get her routine medication. The 'Chief Medical Officer' said not to worry though, if she gave them her VISA card details over the phone, he would sort out an arrangement for her. Thankfully, the patient put the phone down and has heard nothing more.
Warning - Scam
Patients are being contacted by a company claiming to be calling from the NHS. This company preys on the elderly and vulnerable by cold calling, pretending to be Health Care Professionals and selling remedies like Rosehip tablets. They say that they have a "special offer price" and only need your card number or bank details to send you a trial offer. However, instead of for example £14.99 it turns out to be £149.90 and they send a years supply. The company is based in India with a virtual office in the UK.
EBOLA IN WEST AFRICA
If you have returned from Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone or cared for someone with Ebola in the past 21 days and You have a fever or feel unwell. Without touching anyone, tell a member of staff or call 111
Take a look at the SPOTLIGHT NEWS,Tuesday 21st October! The Bridges Medical Centre appears in this episode and features an interview with Dr Karen Kirkham. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04ls5r2/spotlight-21102014
See how well we compare to other practices.
Please be aware there are problems with baby immunisations recall.
Your baby should have jabs at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, 13 months and 3 years & 4 months old. Please contact our Nursing Department if you are unsure or have not received an appointment.