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Help us reduce DNAs in 2018

In the month of December there has been 349 appointments DNA'd (Did Not Attend) for GPs and Nurses  This equates to approximately 73 hours of wasted time.  Please contact the surgery if you cannot attend your appointment to help save wasted appointments and time.  Please help us make 2018 a better year for reducing DNAs.

Thank you

Cold Weather Alert

Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

If you want more information about how cold weather can affect your health please visit If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from, NHS 111 or your local pharmacist.

We are very proud to announce our senior partner Dr Karen Kirkham has been awarded 'Clinician Of The Year'.

Dr Kirkham has been instrumental in delivering a new model of care which has brought together people from health and care teams to support people with complex needs in an integrated way. This has resulted in better quality services for patients and carers while at the same time reducing reliance on hospital services".

We are pleased to welcome our new GP - Dr Ed Beedham. 

Dr Beedham starts with us on Wednesday 6th September.  He will be working at both the Bridges and Littlemoor surgeries Tuesday  -  Friday.

Extended hours appointments are now available Monday and Thursday 18.30 - 20.30pm with our new GP Dr Steve Wood.

These clinics will be held at The Urgent Care Centre, please ring your usual surgery to book in.  The Nurse Practitioners and Practice Nurses have later appointments also on Mondays and Wednesdays at The Bridges and Littlemoor.

Lucozade Energy is changing

Please click on the link below for more information

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:

  • When it would be of benefit to have a total knee replacement;
  • Steps to take prior to knee replacement surgery;
  • Exploration of some possible preconceptions about knee replacement surgery;
  • What to expect at the time of and after knee replacement.

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.

Online Course - Dementia Care:  Staying Connected and Living Well

A course for carers, to help you stay conected to loved ones, manage stress at home and difuse difficult situations.

If you are a carer for someone who is living with dementia then this is a course for you.

Please click on the link to take you to the website

My life - My care

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

Finger food without the fear!

The main food culprits and a few things to remember when preparing and giving food to babies and young children.  Please click on the link for more information.

Cold Weather   Keep Warm    Keep Well

Winter is now here and already we have experienced some very cold weather.   The goverment has issued a very informative booklet.  The booklet aims to help you maintain good health during winter and take advantage of the financial help and benefits available.  Please click on the link below to view the booklet.


Community Urgent Care Centre

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.

We are improving how we communicate with patients. 

Please tell us if you need information in a different format or communication support.

The British Medical Assoiciation called a special local medical committee (LMC) conference earlier this month "to decide what actions are needed to ensure GPs can deliver a safe and sustainable service".

Please click the link for more information.

Know Your Pulse  heartheart

Why and when to check your pulse? What is a normal pulse? When should you seek further advice? 

Click on the link below for some useful information.






Protecting your baby against meningitis and septicaemia

From September 2015 babies will be offered the MenB vaccine with the other routine vaccinations at two months, four months and 12 months of age.

As fever is more common with this vaccination, Paracetamol may be provided.

For more information please visit:…/vaccina…/Pages/meningitis-B-vaccine.aspx







The Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology have set up a cycling group. 

Please click on the link for more information




Click here for our latest Patient Participation Group Report March 2015



Changed your mobile number recently?

Please let us know if you have changed your contact details including your mobile number.  There is a link on this page below which will take you directly to a form for you to do this.  Thank you.


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.

See how well we compare to other practices.
GP Patient Survey


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.

Our Mission Statement

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 not only here on our website but through our iPad (located in the reception area of The Bridges Medical Practice), via text or you can ask for a paper version at reception.

Thank you


This winter we have seen very high levels of Flu, with some very severe infections.

We do have limited stock of the vaccine left, and urge anyone in an at risk group, see below, to contact the surgery and arrange vaccination whilst we still have stocks:

At risk groups
•  All those who are aged 65 or more
•  People with Diabetes
•  Respiratory disease - those with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
•  People with chronic kidney disease
•  Heart disease and strokes - those who have heart failure, had a heart attack or have suffered a stroke.
•  Pregnant women
•  Carers

If you are a carer, work in a care home or in a health care environment, it is very important that you are vaccinated to protect not just yourself but those that you care for who are vulnerable to infection.


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.


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.



 From October 18th we will be able to share you medical records with those in the NHS who are involved in your care.

 As we feel that this will enhance patient care we will automatically opt you into the scheme.

 If you would prefer not to share your medical records then please mention it to the reception team.

 Please click the link below or collect a leaflet at front desk. The leaflet includes all the information you need to know about sharing your medical record.

Patient leaflet on sharing your medical information



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