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Athelhampton RoadPuddletownDorchesterDorset, DT2 8FYTel: 01305 848333
In addition to GP consultations the Practice provides the following healthcare services:
Please complete your travel forms as soon as possible, ideally 8 to 12 weeks before travelling. Travel Form (PDF) or Travel Form (Word Document).
Please be advised that we are unable to accept any travel forms with less than 8 weeks notice to your travel date. If you find yourself in this situation, then we advise you to seek advice from an alternative travel clinic such as Boots (visit their website), Wimborne Travel Clinic , CityDoc or Masta Travel Health.
At your appointment our Nurse will advise you on the immunisations you require and arrange a schedule for carrying these out. Please note that advice for malaria changes from time to time, so please visit this website so that you can keep up to date with the latest advice: Fit for Travel.
The National Travel Health Network website enables you to search for local Yellow Fever Centres, which include Fordington Surgery, Boots in Dorchester, CityDoc Clinic in Dorchester and clinics in Weymouth, Bridport, Sherborne and Sturminster Newton.
Vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio and Typhoid can be prescribed and so are free of charge, but for those vaccinations we cannot prescribe, private charges are as follows:
Rabies (course of three)
Further advice may be downloaded here:
General Travel Advice
Advice for Backpackers
Advice for Elderly Travellers
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To download please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Our Health Visitor, Rachel Potter, provides support to parents and carers for children from birth to starting school.
Chloe is notified as soon as pregnancy is confirmed and visits the expectant mother at around 32 weeks gestation, providing advice and support.
After your baby is born Rachel will visit you at home several times in the first few weeks. You can then attend clinic or request visits for ongoing support.
An 8-week postnatal mother and baby check will be arranged with your GP and initial immunisations can be given (see below).
The Health Visitors' role is to offer support, advice and a listening ear to you and your family. Areas they can help with include:
Development assessments are offered at 6- 8 weeks, 4 months, 7-9 months and 2 years 3 months.
Chloe may be contacted by phone on 01305 848333. Baby Clinics are held on the first and third Thursday of each month between 9.30 and 11.00 am. There are 15 minute appointments available to book. Should the parent/carer consider they need longer time than this, they may call and arrange either a home visit or another time at the surgery.
Please see the schedule for child immunisations.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child having immunisations, please contact the Health Visitor or Practice Nurses.
Puddletown Baby Group meets on Thursdays at 1.30pm for one hour and include relevant talks, music and activities to support early parenting. The Group is run by Chloe, our Health Visitor.
Child Development Information
NHS Birth to Five
Meningitis B Vaccine
If you are eligible for NHS Chiropody, you may receive this in the Practice.
Free NHS Chiropody is available to people with a foot problem who also have a medical need for treatment; those who are over 70 years of age with a medical problem and those who have:
Normally you will be referred to the Chiropodist by a member of the Primary Health Care Team; Doctor or Nurse.
Ten Tips on Footcare
Our CAB adviser, Gill King, is available every Monday morning to see clients either in the Surgery or at a Home Visit for those not able to get into the Surgery. Simply ask our Receptionists for an appointment.
The Citizens Advice service provides free, confidential and independent advice to help people resolve problems with their:
regardless of race, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, disability or religion.
The service is available to every patient of the Practice.
Every Citizens Advice Bureau is a registered charity reliant on funds to provide these vital services for local communities.
The Citizens Advice service aims to:
Citizens Advice Dorset
Continence and prolapse problems are very common, but often men and women do not take steps to resolve these problems, assuming nothing can be done. In fact very good results are achieved by following an appropriate treatment regime. We can offer you access to assessment, advice and instruction to rectify these problems. If you feel that you have problems with incontinence, just take a minute to answer the following self-assessment questions.
running or other activities?
moderately / a lot
If it's obvious from your answers to the above questions that you have a continence/prolapse problem and that you'd like to do something about the situation, please arrange to see one of our Nurses, who will give you some information leaflets about what to do about your problem.
NHS Urinary Incontinence
Counselling can help you to deal with life problems such as:
Grief and loss
Finding lost purpose and meaning
Fear and anxiety
Personal history issues
Dealing with change.
If you feel Counselling might be of help to you it will be necessary for you first to see a Doctor who can refer you to a Counsellor.
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