Cerne Abbas Surgery

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

Flu Vaccinations 2020


We are able to offer flu vaccines to all patients aged 50-64 from the 1st December.
We have added two additional flu clinics here at Cerne Abbas Surgery on 10th December and 21st December.

It is unlikely we will be able to offer alternative times or dates due to limited staff and vaccine availability. Please book your slot either online or via phone with reception.
You MUST have a booked appointment to attend.

We have now held all five of our original scheduled flu clinics.

These clinics have allowed us to vaccinate a huge portion of our at risk population whilst remaining COVID secure.

The surgery would like to give particular thanks to our team of volunteers who provided their time to act as marshals during the clinics, often in cold and (very) wet weather.

If you still haven’t had a flu vaccination this year and are eligible, please phone our receptionists who will arrange a time for you to be vaccinated.
For more information about who is eligible, please see this NHS webpage.

We are able to offer flu vaccines to all patients aged 50-64 from 1st December. We have added two additional flu clinics here at Cerne Abbas Surgery on 10th November and 21st November. Please book your slot either online or via phone with reception. You MUST have a booked appointment to attend.

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Congratulations Angela!

Today we celebrated with one of our wonderful HCAs – Angela. She has been working here at the surgery for 15 years! We have worked out that in the time she has been here, Angela would have done approximately 25,000 blood tests!

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Connection – Mental Health Support

There is support available from Connection for those with financial worries. Please see the poster below for more information.

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Physiotherapy Self-Referral

If you are registered at Cerne Abbas Surgery, you can now refer yourself to see a Physiotherapist for an assessment, without the need to consult your GP first.

To refer yourself,  simply visit the MSK Website and complete the required information on our Self-Referral Form.

For more information about Physiotherapy, see the Physiotherapy page on our website.

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Dispensary Opening Hours

Please be aware from Monday 3rd August the dispensary will close every day between 1pm and 2pm.

The new hours will be as follows:

Monday 09:00 to 13:00
  14:00 to 18:30
Tuesday 09:00 to 13:00
  14:00 to 18:30
Wednesday 09:00 to 13:00
  14:00 to 18:30
Thursday 09:00 to 13:00
  14:00 to 18:30
Friday 09:00 to 13:00
  14:00 to 18:30
Saturday   CLOSED  
Sunday   CLOSED  
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Dr Craig Wakeham

We are very saddened to inform our patients that Dr Wakeham died on the 18th April 2020. He had been fighting the Coronavirus in Dorset County Hospital for many days.

His industry and innovation led our practice for 30 years.
He was also a leading light in both the Clinical Commissioning Group and Local Medical Committee, as well as a devoted husband and father to his two boys.

His legacy lives on in our patients who he cared for diligently, and in the good name he built for our surgery.

Dr Jeremy Dobbs & Dr Jenny Bubb.

The Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group has also released a statement which is available to read here.

For more information, please contact the Media and Public Relations Lead for NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group via email on [email protected]

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Partnership Announcement

It with great sadness we announce that Dr Helen Taylor has decided to retire from the partnership at Cerne Abbas Surgery from the end of May 2020. Dr Taylor has made a great contribution to the surgery over her time here, and she will be missed greatly. We are sure her patients will join us in wishing her all the best for the future.

We are pleased to announce that Dr Steve Wood will be joining us as a partner from June 2020. Some of you may already know Dr Wood, he currently works one day a week as a Salaried GP but will be increasing his time here to 3 days a week. We are very much looking forward to working more frequently with him.

We are also pleased to announce that Dr Stefan Giancola, who has recently been working as a locum GP with us, will be joining us as a Salaried GP from June 2020.

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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

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New Opening Hours

Please be aware from week commencing 6th April 2020 we will be closing between 1pm and 2pm every Tuesday and Thursday.

Our new opening hours from week commencing 6th April 2020 will therefore be as follows:

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Missed Appointments – January 2020

In January 2020 there were 17 missed GP and nurse appointments at Cerne Abbas Surgery. This means 4 hours 0 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. We can also send you a reminder text message. Please give your mobile number to reception if you would like to sign up for this free service.

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