Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please wear a face covering at all times whilst visiting the surgery. This includes whilst attending for appointments, collecting your medication, and returning samples. Your face covering can be as simple as a scarf or homemade mask. You can learn how to make your own face covering using the advice posted on the Gov.UK website.

There are new rules on what you are allowed to do. Please visit the Gov.UK website to find out the most up to date information.

Be aware of misinformation that is currently spreading on social media sites such as Facebook, as well as some news outlets. The following websites give accurate and useful advice about self-isolation and the current Coronavirus outbreak:

Asthma UK
World Health Organization
COVID-19 Stay at Home Guidance (
COVID-19 UK Government Response (
Coronavirus (COVID-19) (
NHS 111 Coronavirus symptoms advice (

The NHS in Dorset and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to protect patients, our community and NHS staff while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you must stay at home for 10 days.

Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 10 days from the day their symptoms start, even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.

Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.

For the latest COVID-19 advice please visit

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact.

A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines.

This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have symptoms that may be linked to this virus

Flu Clinic Dates

Cerne Abbas Surgery will be holding the walk-in flu clinics on the following dates:

Cerne Abbas Village Hall – Tuesday 22nd October, 9am – 1pm
Piddletrenthide School – Tuesday 29th October, 9:30am – 11:30am
Gaggle of Geese Pub – Tuesday 12th November, 9:30am – 11am

You do not need to make an appointment or let us know you are coming, just turn up on the day.

Please ensure you are eligible for the vaccine before arriving.
Check your eligibility here:

On Holiday in Dorset? – Staywell Dorset

Are you visiting Dorset this summer? Not sure where you should go for medical help or treatment?

Visit Staywell Dorset for details on which services are available here, and lots of useful tips to enjoy the (hopefully) sunny summer weather!


NHS Dorset CCG has released a new app, WaitLess. This app allows you to view the opening hours, current waiting times, and travel times to the Dorset urgent care centres. Visit their website to learn more and download the app to your mobile phone.