Abbotsbury Road SurgeryTel: 01305 780806
Chickerell Branch SurgeryTel: 01305 761915
The community nursing team provides skilled nursing assessment, care, advice and health education to patients who cannot leave their homes. They work closely with the GPs and other health professionals to ensure that you and your family receive the help and support needed when nursed in the community. The community nurses can be contacted by leaving a message with the receptionists.
Is available to provide proactive health care to older people who have two or more long-term conditions and/or repeated, unplanned, avoidable admissions to hospital. The doctors will refer a patient to the community matron if they feel it appropriate to do so.
Direct line for telephone calls / messages - Weymouth 01305 361071.
Our health visitors are specially-qualified nurses, based at Littlemoor clinic. They provide information, advice and support to families, and co-ordinate child development checks. They hold baby clinics every Wednesday morning at Westham Children's Centre, Radipole Lane and on the first Tuesday afternoon of each month at Chickerell; no appointment is necessary. They also work closely with the midwives and provide antenatal support and parentcraft classes. The health visitors' clerk, is available two mornings per week to assist the health visitors and deal with telephone enquiries.
The following services are available for those patients who have been referred by a GP:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Certain services provided by the GPs are not covered by the NHS. You may be asked to pay a fee/and there may be a need for a special appointment. The following are examples:
Private medical certificates, employment medicals, fitness to drive or travel, ENG1 and ML5 Seafarer Medicals, passport applications, holiday cancellation, PSV/HGV licences, fitness to attend private school, some vaccinations and vaccination certificates.
Please note a deposit of £20 will be required when booking an appointment for a medical.
We operate a shared care system between the GPs and the midwives at Dorset County Hospital. Antenatal clinics are held once a week at Chickerell Surgery, and Westham Sure Start Children's Centre, Radipole Lane for Abbotsbury Road patients, where you will be offered, in addition to antenatal checks, support and advice concerning all aspects of pregnancy, labour and postnatal care. There is no need to see a GP if you are pregnant - self-referral packs are available from Reception.
All new babies will be invited for a 6 to 8 week check with a GP. This is to check on their progress and to ensure they are fit to have their baby immunisations. These appointments are usually made with a GP and then straight after with the Practice Nurse who will administer the 1st baby immunisations.
We do NOT routinely offer a post-natal check to new mums due to a lack of GP capacity. However, any new Mum who is concerned can book herself a post-natal check. Staff at either site who can currently offer this service are Dr Lane, Dr Brown, NP Ruth, NP Elaine and NP Pippa.
For more information, please see NHS Choices via this link:
Our Nurse Practitioners are highly-experienced and have undertaken additional training in the treatment of minor illnesses. They share the responsibility and workload with the GPs, and provide a high quality and easily-accessible service, and appointments can be made without firstly seeing a GP. They can prescribe and refer and always have access to the duty GP for advice if needed.
The practice nurses can be seen by appointment and perform procedures such as dressings, removal of stitches, ear syringing, cervical smears, blood pressure checks and child and adult immunisations. They also assist the GPs with minor medical and surgical procedures, and additionally provide advice and regular clinics, including:
The Practice Nurses are supported by Health Care Assistants, who have been specially-trained to take blood samples, ECGs, blood pressure readings and new patient checks, and can be seen by appointment in the mornings at both surgeries.
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