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.
When attending your appointment at the surgery, please can we ask that you wear your own facemask/scarf. This is to protect the clinician you are seeing.
You don't need a GP letter for a face mask exemption
Face masks are obligatory on public transport and are about to become obligatory in shops and other indoor places. However, not everybody is able to wear one. There is no need to have a letter from the GP regarding this - the guidance has made it clear that members of the public can self identify as being unable to wear a face mask.
Please do not contact us asking for a letter. Thank you.
The Dorset Self-Management Team
For many people, circumstances beyond the purely medical give rise to additional worries, issues and needs.
Social prescribing involves giving people time to focus 'on what matters to me' and takes a holistic approach to their health and wellbeing by offering help to community health groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support, helping to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare.
This month we are having a real focus on cervical smears for women between the ages of 18 and 65 as part of the national screening programme.
Cervical screening is the best way to protect yourself from cervical cancer.
Cervical screening checks a sample of cells from your cervix for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV).
These types of HPV can cause abnormal changes to the cells in your cervix and are called 'high risk' types of HPV.
If these types of HPV are found during screening (a HPV positive result), the sample of cells is then checked for abnormal changes. If abnormal cells are not treated, they may turn into cervical cancer.
The surgery has lots of available time slots for ladies, and be rest assured it is safe for your to attend to have this important test as usual. Staff will be in PPE and extra time for appointments is being allocated so that extra cleaning can take place.
Extra recall letters are being sent to anyone who missed their screening through the pandemic period to remind you, and if you know you are overdue, even more reason to get the test to look after yourself.
Please do not put this test off, it could save your life.
URGENT TREATMENT CENTRE
Open 8.00am - 8.00pm
7 days a week
IF YOUR INJURY IS NOT LIFE THREATENING OR SERIOUS THE URGENT TREATMENT CENTRE CAN TREAT:
- sprains and strains
- broken bones
- wound infections
- minor burns and scolds
- minor head injuries
- insect and animal bites
- minor eye injuries
- injuries to the back, shoulder an chest
DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK THE URGENT TREATMENT CENTRE IS PROVIDING TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS AND OFFER FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENTS ONLY WHERE STRICTLY NECESSARY
PLEASE DO NOT JUST TURN UP - YOU CANNOT BE SEEN WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT
NHS Diabetes Advice Helpline - FAQs
What it is and who is it for?
NHS Diabetes Advice is provided by NHS England and NHS Improvement in response to disruption to normal services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response.
The service is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate advice from a team of clinical advisors.
Whether they or a member of their household have caught the virus, or routine care has been disrupted, the helpline can provide clinical advice to help them understand how to effectively manage their diabetes.
How do patients access it?
The helpline is accessible via Diabetes UK’s support line on 0345 123 2399. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am – 6pm.
What clinical advice will the helpline provide?
NHS Diabetes Advice supports adults living with either type of diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition, and who require clinical advice on topics such as: Hyperglycaemia, Hypoglycaemia, Sick day rules and Missed injections.
However, the service is not intended to replace routine care, support paediatric patients or support pregnant patients. These patients are advised to contact their own doctor or care team.
Who are the clinical advisors?
NHS Diabetes Advice clinical advisors are volunteers. They are all health professionals with expertise in diabetes. All the advisors providing advice are clinically trained and competent.
Looking After Your Mental Health
Having a good mental health helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. There is expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing on the Every Mind Matters website.
There are some helpful tips on the website if you are worried about Coronovirus and advice on maintaining your mental health and wellbeing while staying at home.
Your GP practice is encouraging you to seek medical help when you need it! Although services are running differently, we are still very much here for you. Contact the surgery via eConsult or by phone to be assessed.
Here are some of our clinical team in their scrubs kindly provided by For The Love of Scrubs - Dorchester & Weymouth
Thank you very much!
A beautiful array of rainbows!
all created by our staff and their families
There have been big changes in our lives because of Coronavirus, so we have created a children's guide to Coronavirus to help explain the situation.
The guide aims to answer children's questions about Coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people on how to help them make the best of their time at home.
A very small number of our patients will already have been identified as being high risk. They will have received a text message or letter from the NHS in the past week. Those patients should stay at home for 12 weeks.
NHS Digital are currently working to identify the additional patients who will also be advised to stay home for 12 weeks. We anticipate this information imminently but currently we are not able to confirm which patients will fall into this group. Until we receive further guidance, we are unable to issue supportive letters regarding potential high-risk patients.
Our advice to all our patients is to stay home, apart from essential shopping, essential work and one form of exercise each day. In all circumstances keep a 2-metre distance from other people and wash your hands regularly.
Take care, stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives
An open letter to our population
from Dr Rachael Stow on behalf of Weymouth & Portland Primary Care Network regarding current GP protocols and the agreed shielding policy for patients at high risk of complications in the Community
PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK TO READ
Coronavirus update information - STAY AT HOME
Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done at home).
Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people.
Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms
Coronavirus symptoms - Do NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
The most common symptoms of Coronavirus are recent onset of new continuous cough and/or high temperature. For most people Coronavirus will be a mild illness.
The government is advising you to stay at home if you have Coronavirus symptoms.
- If you live alone and you have symptoms of Coronavirus illness, however mild, stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms started.
- If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of Coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 10 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
- Please click here for more information and guidance for households with possible Coronavirus infection
If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service.
If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111.
For a medical emergency dial 999.
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
Medical Certificates: If you require a medical certificate this can be emailed to you, if you provide your email address. Please use e-Consult to request medical certificates. You will not be provided with a medical certificate to cover self-isolation or illness from COVID 19 infection. To obtain a note for this click here. This will produce a note to cover you.
Weymouth Leg Clubs
Leg clubs are a new initiative in Weymouth which is part of the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation.
The clubs focus on the 'social' model and are set in a non-clinical setting, generally in a community or church hall. They are very informal, with a friendly and social atmosphere where individuals can sit and chat, have a cup of tea or coffee, with the option to join in activities.
There are two permanent Nurses who attend the leg clubs daily, and other nurses from local surgeries make up the leg club team. All nurses work to best practice guidelines, are specifically trained in leg ulcer care and provide a high standard of care.
if any tests or treatment is required that the leg club cannot provided, they will refer you, or advise you how to get referred to the appropriate service, i.e. vascular/dermatology.
The clubs rely on volunteers who welcome you when you arrive at the club and provide refreshments. All refreshments are free of charge. We do however ask for a voluntary donation. We are a charity and must raise funds to pay for the hire of venues for the clubs.
The aim of the club is to encourage individuals to participate in their care in a social settling which can ease loneliness and provides an environment where you can meet old friends and make new ones. It also enables people to share their thoughts and experiences with others gaining support and encouragement to take ownership of their leg treatment plan.
Once open wounds are healed, or other issues managed, we encourage individuals to attend on a social basis so we can offer our 'well leg' service where we can help support the maintenance of 'healthy legs'.
Anyone with any problems or concerns involving their legs are welcome. This includes varicose veins, skin tears, eczema , bites, swollen legs, leaking legs, or open wounds.
Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
Do you have a repeat prescription?
The Electronic Prescription Service is a NHS Service that sends your prescription from a GP surgery to a pharmacy without the need for a paper copy. All you need to do is nominate a pharmacy of your choice and this pharmacy will receive your prescription form the GP, via the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
With EPS you will not have to visit the surgery to pick up your prescription anymore
You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because you can choose a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop
EPS is reliable and confidential
Your electronic prescription will only be seen by the same people in GP practices and pharmacies who see your paper prescription now
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 on our website, via text or you can ask for a paper version at reception.
Free Wi-Fi is here!
IMPROVING ACCESS AND CONTINUITY OF CARE
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.
INFORMATION FOR FOREIGN TRAVEL ADVICE
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.
(Site updated 17/09/2020)