COVID 19 tests
GP practices in Dorset are experiencing a large number of calls re booking COVID-19 tests.
Unfortunately, our surgeries cannot help as they only have access to the national portal that residents have.
NHS Test and Trace is working and the capacity is the highest it has ever been but there has been a significant demand for tests including from people who doe not have symptoms and are not otherwise eligible.
New booking slots and home testing kits are made available daily for those who need them.
Please only book a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get a test.
If you do not have symptoms and are not eligible to get a test you can continue to protect yourself if you wash your hands, wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.
Flu Vaccinations for 50-64 year olds
Whilst we have received information that all 50-64 year olds may be eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of the plans to protect more people against seasonal flu, these free vaccinations will be subject to delivery later in the year.
This allows us (GPs and Community Pharmacists) to focus on those who are in an at risk group, such as pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. They will be given priority and offered the vaccine first. If you are in this category you will be contacted.If you are aged 50-64 and not in one of the at risk categories you will be made aware in the coming months if you will able to attend for vaccination. If the programme is extended, this is likely to be November or December.
Diabetic Eye Screening Programme Restoration Update
For some useful information click here
Open letter to everyone in Dorset
Easy Read - Open letter to everyone in Dorset
Children and shielding July update
Please click on the link for further information. Children and Shielding July 2020 update
If you feel you would benefit from physiotherapy you can now refer yourself to this service. Please click here to take you to the website - MSK Matters. The website is full of expert advice and information to help you decide if physiotherapy can help you. If you do decide that physiotherapy may help you, the website has a self referral form you can access.
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.
Free Wi-Fi is now available.. - Look up health information, download health apps and browse the internet!
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.