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Official opening of Dorset’s first mental health Retreat


The Retreat, the first major outcome of the recent Mental Health Acute Care Pathway review, had its official opening at Hahnemann House in Bournemouth yesterday. Run in partnership with Dorset Mental Health Forum, it provides a safe and welcoming environment for people who have self-identified a crisis and need out-of-hours support. The Retreat is staffed by mental health clinicians and peer support specialists, and is open to any Dorset resident aged 18 and over from Monday to Thursday: 4.30pm-12 midnight and Friday to Sunday: 6.30pm-2am. It is proving hugely popular – since it opened its doors at the end of April, [...]

Official opening of Dorset’s first mental health Retreat2018-08-02T15:41:37+00:00

Stalbridge Surgery to close following retirement


NHS Dorset CCG has received formal notice from Dr Clayton at Stalbridge Surgery, of his intention to retire on 31 December 2018. As a result – despite a considerable amount of work by Dr Clayton and NHS Dorset CCG to explore other options – the surgery will close from this date. Whilst the surgery will close at the end of December 2018, it will continue to deliver services up until this time. From 31 December 2018 patients will need to be registered with an alternative surgery in order to continue to access GP services. Patients who are registered at Stalbridge Surgery [...]

Stalbridge Surgery to close following retirement2018-08-09T15:57:12+00:00

Views wanted on Physiotherapy services


The NHS in Dorset is inviting people in Dorset to have a say on how physiotherapy services are offered and delivered in the county. The findings will be used to help improve services in the future. Views are welcomed from anyone over the age of 16 who has either received services in the last 12 months, or is currently receiving physiotherapy for a musculoskeletal condition. Local GP and Clinical Delivery Group Lead with Dorset CCG Dr Christian Verrinder said “It is common for all health services to be regularly reviewed to ensure they are able to continue to provide people with [...]

Views wanted on Physiotherapy services2018-06-26T13:17:48+00:00

Annual General Meeting


The Annual General Meeting of NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group takes place on 11 July 2018 at which we will be presenting our Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18. It will be held at the Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Canford Magna, Wimborne, Dorset  BH21 3AP from 9.30am – 11.30am. 

Annual General Meeting2018-06-27T10:12:28+00:00

Support for people living in BH23


Highcliffe Medical Centre in Christchurch is set to take part in a new drop-in service for all residents of the BH23 postcode. The service, named the 'BH23 Drop-in - health, wealth & wellbeing support' is being run by Sovereign and Somerford ARC with support from the Highcliffe practice. It aims to give local people access to  advice about a wide range of social issues, such as employment, training and careers advice, housing, finances and budgeting, carer support and health advice. Lea Hampton, Communities Officer for Sovereign, said: “We have a lot of homes in Somerford and opportunities like this, which offer a safety [...]

Support for people living in BH232018-06-27T09:40:38+00:00

New urgent care team to help patients get on-the-day care from their GP practice


The Blackmore Vale Partnership is putting together an ‘urgent care on-the-day’ team to help patients get the care they need when they need it. Made up of GPs, nurse practitioners, a paramedic and pharmacist, the team will help improve access for people that have an ‘urgent health need’ – a new health condition that has developed within the previous two weeks. People will still have access to routine telephone appointments for test results, as well as routine pre-bookable appointments, which will run alongside the on-the-day service. Dr Simone Yule, from the Blackmore Vale Partnership, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity [...]

New urgent care team to help patients get on-the-day care from their GP practice2018-07-24T10:29:58+00:00

Wessex partnership to help lead the way in improving the health and care experience in Dorset and beyond.


A Wessex bid, including Dorset has been chosen as one of three areas in the UK to become a Local Health and Care Record Exemplar (LHCRE). The aim of the LHCRE is to build upon the existing care record applications and give health and care staff more complete and faster access to information about the people in their care, whether they live in Dorset, Hampshire or the Isle of Wight. Stephen Slough, Chief Information Officer at Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “This is great news for people in Dorset, and is another step in our journey to transform and improve [...]

Wessex partnership to help lead the way in improving the health and care experience in Dorset and beyond.2018-07-24T10:30:43+00:00

Know your services and help ease pressure on your NHS.


Dorset's NHS services are currently facing increased pressure in the run up to the Bank Holiday weekend, including an rise in people using emergency departments (A&E). With this in mind, we are reminding people that getting the right care in the right place can not only help local NHS services, but can also help you get the right care more quickly. Dorset has a number of services across the county that are there to help you if you become hurt or unwell. These range from your local pharmacy for headaches, coughs and colds, to your local minor injuries unit or urgent [...]

Know your services and help ease pressure on your NHS.2018-06-26T13:06:28+00:00

Dementia – take action


It is said that across the UK someone develops dementia every three minutes, and whilst it is more common amongst older people, around 1 in every twenty cases will affect someone aged between 40 and 65. During Dementia Action Week 2018 NHS Dorset CCG will be raising awareness of the condition, asking people living in and around Dorset to seek help if they are concerned either for themselves or a loved one. The symptoms of dementia can progress slowly over a number of years and may initially be put down to old age or confused with other conditions. However common symptoms [...]

Dementia – take action2018-06-27T09:34:05+00:00