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Out of HoursIf you are unwell in the evening, overnight or at the weekend, contact: The Urgent Care Service on NHS 111.
Telephone AdvicePlease contact Reception who will advise you of the most convenient time to phone to speak with either a doctor or practice nurse. This is usually after 11am or after 6pm, when you can also enquire about test results.
Home Visits In the event of being immobile or too unwell to attend the surgery, please call before 10.30 am to arrange a home visit.
Please do NOT go to A&E or Out of Hours if you run out of medication over a weekend or bank holiday, they will not supply you with medication. Please go to your usual pharmacy and they may give you sufficient supplies to see you through - there may be a charge for this.
Occupational Health Dr Millner and Dr Quick are both qualified to provide occupational services to local employers. Should this service be of interest to you, please contact our Practice Manager.
Travel Clinics The Practice Nurses can provide a wide variety of travel and health advice, immunisations and anti-malarial treatment in preparation for your holidays. Please contact us in good time, as some immunisation treatments can take several months to be effective. Many vaccinations are provided free under the NHS but some drugs and injections are not included.
Ante and Post Natal Care Our Health Visitor (01305 217056), and our Community Midwife can advise on all aspects of ante and post natal care. The midwife visits the Practice every Thursday morning.
Mother and Baby Clinic Mother and baby clinics, including immunisations by the Practice Nurse, are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month between 2pm and 4pm by appointment. Our Health Visitor is available each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm by appointment.
Cervical Cytology (Smear) Tests Regular screening of women, aged 25 to 64 years, to prevent cervical cancer is strongly recommended. The test is simple and painless, and may be carried out at the surgery. If you have not had this test carried out within the last 3-5 years, please discuss this with any of the doctors or nurses.
Smoke Stop Unfortunately we no longer offer Smoke Stop services in the practice. Clinical staff are happy to give advice about accessing appropriate services so please ask if you would like to give and they will direct you to
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Minor SurgeryDr Stephen Scott and Dr John Robertson provide weekly minor surgery service in a modern, purpose built minor operations suite for patients of the Practice and for local surrounding Practices.
The practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. We will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
Please contact Reception who will advise you of the most convenient time to phone to speak with either a doctor or practice nurse. This is usually after 11am or after 6pm, please, when you can also enquire about test results.
The Prince of Wales Surgery offers minor surgical operations to both the patients of the practice and patients from other practices in the Dorset area.
Dr Stephen Scott and Dr John Robertson are fully qualified in providing this service. Patients need to be referred via their GP and are placed on a waiting list.
If you have received a survey from the Prince of Wales about your toe operation and would like to respond to the survey you can do this by following the link below.
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Dr Sumit Aggarwal provide a vasectomy service based at the practice for patients in the Dorset area.
He uses the relatively new 'No Scalpel' method which is popular with patients.
If you are interested, please ask your doctor to refer to this service.
Dr Steve Scott is now qualified to provide insertion and removal of contraceptive implant services to female patients who wish to use that method of contraception.
Please make an appointment to see Dr Scott if you have not had an implant previously to discuss this with him.
If you currently have an implant in and it requires removal or replacement then ask for an initial phone consultation and he will then book you in.
The Practice offers a leg ulcer management service in line with the Dorset CCG specification.
Dressings and preparations approved for use can be found here.
Bookings for the 2019 flu clinics are being taken for the following dates:
Other clinics will be available during the weekdays for those unable to attend on a Saturday or if you have an appointment with your GP or nurse ask them whilst you are there.
More clinics will be added as necessary.
There are different vaccines depending on your age, this is to ensure that the vaccine most suited to a patients immune system is used.
Public Health England are emphasising the need for patients most at risk, especially those over 75 to be vaccinated first.
More clinics will be arranged as necessary, but if you are seeing your GP or nurse for another matter ask for your vaccination then.
It's not the same as the common cold. Flu is caused by a different group of viruses. Symptoms tend to be more severe and last longer.
You can catch flu all year round, but it is especially common in winter, which is why it is also known as "seasonal flu".
Flu causes a sudden high temperature, headache and general aches and pains, tiredness and a sore throat. You can also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a cough.
Flu symptoms can make you feel so exhausted and unwell that you have to stay in bed and rest until you feel better.
When to see a doctor
If you are otherwise fit and healthy, there is usually no need to see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms.
The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower a high temperature and relieve aches.
You should see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms and you:
This is because flu can be more serious for you, and your doctor may want to prescribe antiviral medication.
Antiviral medicine can lessen the symptoms of flu and shorten its duration, but treatment needs to begin soon after flu symptoms start for it to be effective.
Antibiotics are of no use in the treatment of flu because it is caused by a virus and not by bacteria.
How long does flu last?
If you have flu, you generally start to feel ill within a few days of being infected.
Symptoms peak after two to three days and you should begin to feel much better after a week or so, although you may feel tired for much longer.
You are usually infectious – that is, able to pass flu on to others – a day before your symptoms start and for a further five or six days. Children and people with weaker immune systems, such as cancer patients, may remain infectious for longer.
Elderly people and anyone with certain long-term medical conditions are more likely to have a bad case of flu, and are also more likely to develop a serious complication such as a chest infection.
In the UK, about 600 people a year die from a complication of seasonal flu. This rises to around 13,000 during an epidemic
Preventing the spread of flu
The flu virus is spread in small droplets of fluid coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. These droplets can travel a metre or so and infect anyone within range who breathes them in.
Flu can also spread if someone with the virus transfers it on their fingers. For example, if you have flu and you touch your nose or eyes and then touch someone else, you may pass the virus on to them.
Similarly, if you have flu and touch hard surfaces such as door handles with unwashed hands, other people who touch the surface after you can pick up the infection.
You can stop yourself catching flu or spreading it to others by being careful with your hygiene. Always wash your hands regularly with soap and water, as well as:
You can also help stop the spread of flu by avoiding all unnecessary contact with other people while you're infectious. You should stay off work until you are no longer infectious and you're feeling better.
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