PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY FOR WEST DORSET Local Member: Chris Loder Contact at his Westminster address: House of Commons London SW1A 0AA Phone: 0207 219 3912 Email: Website: Twitter: Facebook:
HEALTHCARE DOCTORS Doctor: Louise Beale, Elizabeth Jones and Amy Windsor. The Portesham Practice, Malthouse Meadows, Portesham, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4NS Tel: Surgery: 01305 871468; Dispensary: 01305 871988; Website:
HOSPITALS DORSET COUNTY Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2JY Web site: Main Switchboard - 01305 251150 Other numbers and visiting hours depend on the ward or service unit concerned see: Emails: Headquarters (Enquiries, Comments, Complaints, FOI) / PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) 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:
Opening times for the surgery and dispensary can be found here
SCHOOLS PRIMARY Thorner’s C.E. V.A. Primary School, Litton Cheney, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9AU Tel: 01308 482410 Email: Web site: Head Teacher: Mike Sitch SECONDARY The Sir John Colfox School, The Ridgeway, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3DT Tel: 01308 422291 Email: Web site: Head Teacher: Mr David Herbert
Local Member: Mr Mark Roberts, Pineapple Cottage, Salway Ash, Bridport, DT6 5HZ Email:; Phone: 01308 487866 Mobile: 07850 250860
The LiveWell Dorset Service provides information, support and onward referrals for weight management, smoking cessation, physical activity and alcohol. The service is open to anyone living in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset over the age of 18. A team of specially trained wellness advisors will assess each person over the phone and provide brief interventions designed to support healthy behaviour choices. Where required, a programme of support will be offered to help people make and sustain changes to their lifestyle and signpost them to other services. How to signpost people to LiveWell Dorset Give the patient (over 18 years old) an information card with details of LiveWell Dorset or simply tell them about the service Verbally advise that they call using the customer number: 0800 8401628 (Freephone) or local number 01305 233105, to find out more. Request a call back from LiveWell Dorset to someone that you are working with (with their consent), to access this support - call the dedicated provider phone line: 01305 233106 – and provide the name, contact details and reason for referral. If you would like some information cards to provide people with an ‘informal referral’ call on 01305 233106 or email Paula Bennetts at; Further information will be available in the coming months via @LWDorset and LiveWell Dorset on Facebook and This will include more details about the services offered, training and the different ways you can engage with the service. LiveWell Dorset hope to signpost groups like yourselves, from the community and voluntary sector to people who are referred into the LiveWell service. Therefore if you would like to have your information on our database so we can share your service / club / organisation with our customers then please let Paula Bennetts at Dorset Community Action know. Further information about LiveWell Dorset will be given at up-coming Community Lunches in your area. There will also be the opportunity to find out more at the North Dorset Health Focused Lunch, details of which can be found on our website via
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Proposed Merger of Prince of Wales Surgery in Dorchester and Portesham Surgery 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 questions 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 below. These are also available on leaflets in the surgery. We have already talked to our Patient Group representatives and they are happy to talk to you and help answer your questions – you can contact them through or look on our website for details of your village representative (the Patient Group link is at the bottom of the home page). We look forward to working on your behalf to maintain and improve primary care services. Yours, Dr Louise Beale Dr Stephen Scott Portesham Surgery Prince of Wales Surgery Questions and Answers about our Merger Q1 When will the merge to the new Practice take place? It is anticipated that the merger will take place within the next 12-15 months. Q2 Will I still be able to make an appointment to see my usual doctor or nurse? The merger won't change your ability to see your usual doctor or nurse. Q3 Will I still be able to make appointments at my usual doctor's surgery? You will continue to make appointments at your usual surgery as you do now. Q4 Will my usual surgery opening times stay the same? The merger will not change the opening hours of either surgery. Q5 Will there be changes made to the way I book appointments? The merger process will bring together the individual practice systems into a single system. If there are any changes you will be notified. Q6 Will I have to go to another GP Practice site for consultations and/or treatments? No. However you may be offered an appointment at either practice if one practice is short of appointments or it's more convenient for you. Q7 Will any service that is currently offered by my usual surgery be removed or stopped? No. We do not anticipate services being removed or stopped. If anything, we anticipate that this merger will bring about a greater choice of services. Q8 Will there be any changes to how I access the GP out of hours service? No. In order to access a GP when the practice is closed, you will continue to telephone the NHS 111 service as you do now. Q9 Will the current arrangements that I have in place for getting my medicines stay the same? Yes. Q10 Will the intended merge affect any treatment or medication I am currently receiving either at my usual surgery or any hospital? No. Any current treatments, medications or investigations will not be affected by the merger. Q11 Will I need to re-register to become a patient of the newly merged GP Practice? What will happen to my health records? No. All patients will automatically be transferred into the new single GP Practice system, along with their health records.
Proposed merger of surgeries