Clinics & Services
Monday, Thursday & Friday – The Bridges Medical Centre, Wednesday – The Health Centre. This clinic is run by the midwives. If you become pregnant, you can self refer to the midwife (forms available at reception) and will be given an appointment. You will be seen regularly throughout your pregnancy either at the practice or at the local hospital, or both.
Child Health and Immunisation
All new babies are invited for a check-up with a GP at 6 weeks old. Appointments with a nurse for baby immunisations will be sent at the appropriate times. Please bring your child’s red book to these appointments.
Monday - No clinic
Tuesday - Mulberry Children's Centre 10.00am - 12.00pm
Wednesday - Westham Children's Centre 11.00am - 12.00pm
Thursday - Gatehouse Surgery, Portland (1st and 3rd Thursday in the month only) 10.30am - 12.00pm. YMCA Easton, Portland (3rd and 4th Thursdays in the month only) 2pm - 3pm.
Friday - Bincombe Valley Children's Centre 11.00am - 12.30pm.
These clinics are run by the health visitors
From the age of 25 women are called every 3 years for a cervical smear. You will receive a letter from Dorset Health Authority. You can then make an appointment with one of our nurses to have the procedure done. Women can come at any time of their cycle (except when menstruating). It is a very important test as it detects early stages of cervical cancer that are then more likely to be treatable. Please discuss with a doctor if you have any questions.
- Baby Immunisations - please bring your Red Book to each appointment
- Pneumovax (Protection against pneumonia for over 65s and those in specific at risk categories)
- Hepatitis B for at risk groups
- Teen booster – Tetanus/Polio/Diphtheria (We immunise the patients who miss having these vaccines at school)
- Shingles for patients over 70
Due to ongoing pressures on NHS services, there are fewer appointments available for travel advice.
We will endeavour to provide you with initial tracel 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 befor 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.
Led by our nursing team, this clinic offers advice and general health check-ups to patients diagnosed with diabetes on an annual basis. We will send you a reminder letter when your appointment is due.
Asthma sufferers can make an appointment for advice and support from our nurses who specialise in asthma care. Please look out for a reminder on your prescription repeat list to book an appointment.
We hold SmokeStop clinics here at the surgery. Please speak to your GP for further advice.
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder)
Our specialist nurse provides annual check-ups and can refer to Pulmonary Rehabilitation if required. Please look out for a reminder on your prescription repeat list to book an appointment.
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
The nurse practitioners hold hypertension clinics to check blood pressure and give lifestyle advice. Please look out for a reminder on your prescription repeat list to book an appointment.
As well as prescribing the contraceptive pill and injection we are able to fit coils and implants here at the surgery. Please discuss with your GP if you are considering one of these forms of contraception.
Some minor operations can be done in our treatment room. Please discuss this with your doctor who will then arrange for you to be given an appointment.
Chiropody Service (for eligible patients only) Please see your doctor or nurse for advice.
Seasonal flu vaccination is available for all those over 65 and patients in the at risk groups. Children between the ages of 2 - 4 years of age are also eligible.