POLITICAL SERVICES PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY FOR WEST DORSET Local Member: Dr Oliver Letwin Secretary: Mrs Angela Charles Email: charlesa@parliament.uk; Tel: 01308 456891 DORSET COUNTY COUNCIL, BRIDPORT DIVISION Local Members: Mr Keith Day, Delapre Lodge, St Andrews Road, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3BG Email: keith.day@dorsetcc.gov.uk; Tel: 01308 425465 Mrs Ros Kayes, 4 Gore Terrace, Bradpole, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3JD Email: r.kayes@dorsetcc.gov.uk; Mobile: 07920 850167 WEST DORSET DISTRICT COUNCIL, BURTON BRADSTOCK WARD Local Member: Mr John Russell, White Gates, 31 Burton Road, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4JD Email: russell156@gmail.com; Tel: 01308 423013;  Mobile: 07970 492305
HEALTHCARE  DOCTORS Doctors N.H. Fowler, L Beale and D Smithers The Portesham Practice, Malthouse Meadows, Portesham, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4NS Tel: Surgery: 01305 871468;  Dispensary: 01305 871988;  Website: www.porteshamsurgery.co.uk 
HOSPITALS DORSET COUNTY Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2JY Web site:  http://www.dch.org.uk Main Switchboard - 01305 251150 Other numbers and visiting hours depend on the ward or service unit concerned see:  http://www.dch.org.uk/visitors/index.html  Emails: Headquarters (Enquiries, Comments, Complaints, FOI)  / headquarters@dchft.nhs.uk  PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service)  PALS@dchft.nhs.uk BRIDPORT COMMUNITY Bridport Community Hospital , Hospital Lane, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 5DR Tel: 01308 422371 JOSEPH WELD HOSPICE Joseph Weld Hospice, Herringston Road, Dorchester, DT1 2SL Tel: 01305 215300 Web site:  http://www.weld-hospice.org.uk
Dispensary Hours are from 8.30am until 6.30pm, closed between 1 and 2 pm.
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SCHOOLS  PRIMARY Thorner’s C.E. V.A. Primary School, Litton Cheney, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9AU Tel: 01308 482410   Email:  office@thorners.dorset.sch.uk  Web site:  www.thorners.dorset.sch.uk Head Teacher: Jyotsna Chaffey SECONDARY The Sir John Colfox School, The Ridgeway, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3DT Tel: 01308 422291   Email: office@colfox.dorset.sch.uk  Web site:  http://www.colfox.org/  Head Teacher: Mrs Kay Taylor
Village Defibrillator
The defibrillator, provided as the result of a magnificent initiative started by the regulars of the White Horse, is located opposite the bus shelter.  Our thanks also to Mr Chris Legge whose nearby property provides the electrics required to heat the cabinet. Most importantly, if you have cause to phone 999 for the Ambulance Service, they will know the village has a defibrillator and if the circumstances are appropriate they will give you the access code and tell you to fetch it. The defibrillator (yes really!) will then talk you through what to do while you wait for the ambulance but what you will have done is provided that most crucial element whenever life is threatened by a medical emergency – FIRST AID. A series of Videos showing how the defibrillator operates and when it should be used can be viewed by selecting one of the headings below.  They will also be shown at film nights in the Community Hall, the Village Assembly and other village events.
Note: The defibrillator deals with cardiac arrest, i.e. when the heart stops, and will only operate in those circumstances. Your call to 999 will be your key to its use. You will not be expected to make that decision. Lastly – it is hoped you never have reason to use it. More questions? Call John Firrell - 482313
We’ve been through the busiest three months any of us can remember, and there is still a two-week wait for routine appointments, something none of us are used to!  We have added extra clinics and appointments in an effort to catch up, and if our appointments are booked the duty doctor will ring you to assess your needs.  Some things can be sorted out over the phone, or we will make a space for you to be seen if it is urgent.  So we thank you for your patience, and your understanding if our staff ask for a little more information to help the doctors assess the urgency of your call. If you have a regular prescription you will know that you need to have an annual medication review with your GP to ensure that it is safe to carry on prescribing.  Some medications require regular monitoring such as blood tests, blood pressure checks or weight measurement.   You can check on your repeats list to see when your annual review is due for each drug (some require more frequent review) and we will remind you when we print the last script of the year so this gives you 30 days to arrange a medication review and any tests you need.  Please make the appointment(s) promptly to avoid any delays in getting your next prescription. The General Data Protection Regulations come into force in May.  This pulls together other pieces of legislation and makes it clearer what your rights are.  We have to tell you what records we keep for you and who has access to it.  There is no longer a fee to access a copy of your medical record (although we may charge copying costs).   If you are registered to use System Online (to book appointments and order your medications online) you can already view your full record – please ask us for details if you are interested.  We have leaflets in the surgery if you want to know more about the medical data we hold for you. Our Friends of the Practice group seeks to represent all our patients, but the volunteers tend to be those with more time on their hands.  So they are seeking to recruit and involve some of the younger patients and young families so that the views and suggestions of all our patients are well-represented.  Jill Askew is the FoP contact for young people and young families and you can contact her with your thoughts and suggestions on 01308 898147 or j-askew@hotmail.com We will be holding our first “Tea and Chat” on 7th June at 1pm, where patients are invited to pop in and talk to staff and Friends of the Practice informally.  This may be particularly relevant to those who are new to the area or feeling a bit isolated, such as those who are carers.  We will have information on what groups and services are available in our communities, whether it be the community bus and car services, or a bridge or walking group.  If it is successful we will hold more during the year, and there will be cake!