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AS OF 1ST JUNE 2022 NEW GUIDELINES HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO ALL HEALTHCARE SETTINGS TO HELP WITH TRANSITIONING BACK TO PRE-PANDEMIC INFECTION CONTROL AND PERSONAL PROTECTION MEASURES

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR PATIENTS?

FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR VULNERABLE PATIENTS WE WOULD ASK THAT

ALL PATIENTS STILL WEAR A FACE MASK IN THE WAITING ROOM IF YOU ARE ABLE 

PLEASE ASK RECEPTION IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A FACE MASK WITH YOU

 

ANY PATIENTS WITH RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS VISITING THE SURGERY

MUST STILL WEAR A FACE MASK

 

ANY COVID POSITIVE PATIENTS OR THOSE AT HIGH RISK, WILL STILL BE ASKED TO WAIT IN THEIR CAR OR ENTER VIA OUR SEPARATE ENTRANCE

 PATIENTS WITH NO RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS, AND WHO ARE NOT HERE TO SEE A CLINICIAN ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK – THIS CAN BE A PERSONAL CHOICE

 HEALTHCARE STAFF WILL WEAR MASKS IN CLINICAL AREAS AND WHEN DEALING WITH RESPIRATORY OR SYMPTOMATIC PATIENTS

 SOCIAL DISTANCING IS NO LONGER REQUIRED

 THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT IN KEEPING OUR STAFF AND OTHER PATIENTS SAFE OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, AND WE HOPE THIS FIRST STEP IN TRANSITIONING OUT OF THE COVID WAY OF WORKING IS A POSITIVE ONE!

 

Exciting News - Practice Merger!

The GP partners of Portesham Surgery and Prince of Wales Surgery in Dorchester are pleased to announce plans to merge the practices under one contract.  Joining forces offers many benefits to patients and practices alike.  As a bigger organisation we will be able to offer the combined skills within our GP and nursing teams to the patients of both practices, and will be more attractive to recruiting new clinicians, making us more sustainable.

We anticipate the merger taking place in early to mid-2023.  Once the application has been approved by NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, there will be a process to follow to bring our individual practices together contractually and systematically.  We will engage with you over the coming months to ensure you are fully informed and have an opportunity to ask further question or share your views with us.

You will undoubtedly have questions about what this means for you, so we have prepared some initial Questions and Answers - see the link below.  All this information is also available on leaflets in the surgery and we have written to, emailed or texted all our patients over the last couple of days, according to their preferences.  We have talked to our Patient Group representatives and they are happy to talk to you and help answer your questions - you can contact them through contact@porteshampatients.org.uk or click on the Patient Participate Group box below to look on their page on our website.

We look forward to working on your behalf to maintain and improve primary care services.

Dr Louise Beale                  Dr Stephen Scott

Portesham Surgery             Prince of Wales Surgery

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COVID BOOSTER UPDATE 24 March 2022

After completing the booster programme for immunocompromised patients, NHS England are now rolling out the second booster for the following groups:

 

Eligibility criteria:

-          75+ years

-          Live in a care home for older people

-          12-74 and immunosuppressed

Eligible patients will need to book through the National Booking System as we are not running these clinics at surgery level, or at the Atrium as we have previously done.  **(with the exception of patients below)

We would therefore kindly ask that you do not call the surgery, please book via nhs.uk or by telephoning 119 (you do not need to wait for a letter from NHS England to do this) 

There are two local venues undertaking clinics in Dorchester, Vespasian House and Pharmacy2U in order to provide plenty of appointments.

** Please note that Portesham Surgery and others in the Mid Dorset Primary Care Network will be undertaking the spring boosters for housebound patients and care homes only.  If this applies to you we will contact you as soon as we can arrange for the vaccination team to visit you.

Thank you

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