Welcome to Puddletown Surgery
Updated 27th January 2021
We have started to invite our first patients for the COVID vaccine. We have a very limited number of vaccines available initially. You may receive your invitation at a different time to your spouse, friend or neighbour etc. Unfortunately, we cannot override the order and priority in which the invitations are sent. If you have not received a phone call or txt message invitation please do not call the surgery to check on your status, it will take time to contact and vaccinate everyone!
A frequently asked question guide is available here.
Large Vaccination Centre and appointments-Message from Dorset Commissioning Clinical Group
A network of large vaccination centres across the country, which will be able to offer the vaccine to large numbers of people, is currently being set up.
The large vaccination centre at the Bournemouth International Centre is one of several places people can get their jab – if you already have an appointment through your GP at a local vaccination centre, or at a local hospital hub, please attend that appointment. This will prevent wasted appointments that the NHS cannot fill at short notice.
The large vaccination centres offer an important additional option for people who are eligible.
But we want to be clear that this is just another option. If you can’t travel or you would rather wait for an appointment closer to home, you can choose to do that, and your local GP-led service will be in touch soon to offer an alternative.
Important messages to patients
- Unless you hold a current exemption, please always wear a face covering when on the surgery grounds.
- Due to the new strain of Covid-19 we have been advised to close our patient toilets. Please speak to a member of staff if using the facilities is absolutely necessary.
- Due to the current circumstances, please allow three full working days for prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account.
Please do not visit the GP practice without an appointment or by prior agreement– unless you are visiting the dispensary
Instead please telephone the Practice or use the eConsult link below
You can speak to a GP or nurse over the phone or have a video consultation if appropriate
If a doctor or nurse does need to see you in person then you will be given an appointment to attend the Practice.
The Doctor's phone-in times are as follows:
- Monday to Friday 8.30 to 9.00am and 3.30 to 4.00pm
- Saturday 8.30 to 9.00am
Please come on time to your booked appointment and come alone if possible
Please do not come into the surgery if you think you may have Coronavirus, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
How to avoid spreading infection
Please follow the guidance when you enter the surgery building.
It's very important to do what you can to reduce the risk of you and other people getting ill with coronavirus.
You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.
- try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a face covering-To help limit the spread of infection we are asking for all patients aged 12 and over to wear a face covering when they come into the Practice.
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
If you have
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- loss of taste or sense of smell
You and other household members must self-isolate at home for 14 days.
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
- You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
- Read the advice about staying at home.
- Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
- How to get a Coronavirus test
In addition to the village of Puddletown, the Practice welcomes patients from the surrounding area including: Tolpuddle, Tincleton, Affpuddle, Briantspuddle, West Stafford, Bockhampton, Stinsford, Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide, Alton Pancras, Plush, Dewlish, Cheselbourne, Melcombe Bingham, Ansty and Milborne St Andrew.
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Accidents and Injuries
If you are unlucky enough to have an accident of any sort it's always a good idea to phone us here at Surgery. The Doctors and Nurses are happy to assess injuries and give advice. We can treat most minor trauma injuries saving you a trip to Accident & Emergency and perhaps a long wait.
We are also happy to assess and see if you need an x-ray if you think you may have broken something.
During our opening hours, there is always a Doctor available. Speak to our Receptionists, and they will be pleased to help.
What to do in an EMERGENCY
During Surgery opening hours: Ring the Surgery on 01305 848333
Out of hours: Always ring 111. This is the new NHS number for all urgent calls. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.
The links on this website all come from trusted sources but if you are unsure about any medical matters please contact your doctor for advice.
(Site updated 27/01/2021)