Cerne Abbas Surgery

51 Long Street, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester DT2 7JG
01300 341666


WaitLess

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.

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Dispenser Vacancy

Cerne Abbas Surgery is an innovative three partner rural general practice near Dorchester serving 4000 patients. We operate an integrated nursing team delivering both practice and community nursing care to all of our patients, and we dispense around 9000 items per month.

We now have a vacancy for a qualified dispenser (NVQ level 2 or equivalent) to join our busy dispensary team, working approx. 30 hours a week.

We are open Monday to Friday and working hours would be on a rota basis covering from 8.30am to 7pm.

Applications are welcome from qualified dispensers, experience of working in general practice is not required.

For further information or to arrange a visit please contact Jo Meyrick, the dispensary manager on 01300 341666

Please note interviews will be held in the week commencing 8th July.

 

Applications should be made through www.jobs.nhs.uk where you will also find the job description and person specification. Search for job reference J180-A-19-306437

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Staying Safe in the Sun

In the past 10 years, skin cancer rates in the UK have increased by 59% in men and 36% in women. Men who spend long periods of time outdoors are being urged to protect themselves against the sun this summer amid a rise in the number of people being diagnosed with skin cancer in the South of England. Farmers, builders, sportsmen and gardeners are all being targeted to, “Cover Up, Mate” because of their prolonged exposure to the sun –men are a particular focus because research indicates that they are much less likely than women to slap on the sunscreen.

National Farmers Union South West Regional Board Chairman, James Small, said: “Working in the rough, tough world of farming, we often want to brush things off and just get on with the job, but there are times when that kind of resilience can come back and bite you and this is one of those. We owe it to ourselves and our families to take the risk of skin cancer seriously and above all if we are bothered by something to not dismiss it, but get it checked out.”

Top sun safe tips include:

  • Use at least factor 15 sunscreen in the sun and use plenty of it
  • Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin – don’t forget your neck and ears and your head if you have thinning or no hair
  • Wear sunglasses and a hat
  • Take particular care if have fair skin, moles or freckles, red or fair hair, or light-coloured eyes.
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Surgery Opening Hours

Please be aware that from Monday 1st July the surgery will close at 6.30pm, therefore if you normally come after that to pick up your medication you will need to visit us earlier. If you will find this difficult, please call reception on 01300 341666 and ask for a call back from our dispensary manager to discuss. We will be offering pre-bookable (via the online portal) evening telephone appointments with a GP between 6.30pm and 7pm: these are aimed at our working patients who struggle to attend surgery during the day. If you would like to register for on line services, you will need to come into the surgery with identification and you will be issued with a password.

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Missed Appointments – May 2019

In May 2019 there were 59 missed GP and nurse appointments at Cerne Abbas Surgery.

This means 12 hours 05 mins of clinical time made unavailable to others.

Missing appointments costs the NHS money and stops us seeing other patients. If you are unable to attend your appointment please call us on 01300 341666 to cancel or rebook.

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Prescription Charges

For those patients who pay for their prescriptions, please note that prescription charges will increase to £9.00 per item from 1st April 2019. If you need four  or more prescriptions in three months or at least 12 prescriptions a year, it is cheaper for you to apply for a pre-payment certificate which cost £104:00 for 12 months or £29:10 for 3 months: these can be paid for in full or in instalments by direct debit.  Please ask at the dispensary for more information about prepayment certificates, look online at www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/ppc  or call  0300 330 1341.

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Dispensary Phone Line

Please note that for safety reasons, from 1st April 2019 you will no longer be able to order medication through the dispensary phone line. Patients should request medication using one of the following methods:

  • A week or two before you need medication, leave your repeat slip at the shop where you collect your medication, or at the surgery.
  • Order on line: ask us for information on how to do this.

If you have a query and do need to speak to the dispensary, please call reception and ask for a call back. You will not be able to speak immediately to a dispenser but the dispensary will call you the same day. Be aware that this is not an order line.

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Bank Holiday Closing

Cerne Abbas Surgery will be closed on the following dates:

 

Good Friday 19th April 2019

Easter Monday 22nd April 2019

Monday 6th May 2019

Monday 27th May 2019

 

If you require medical help during this period call 111, or in case of an emergency call 999.

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Qualified Dispenser Vacancy

Due to promotion, Cerne Abbas Surgery are now seeking to appoint a qualified dispenser to work part time at the surgery. For more information and a discussion about the role contact Jo, our dispensary manager.

 

 

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