Extended Healthcare Team

Health Visitors

Your health visitor takes over your care from the midwife. She is fully qualified nurse who has had extra training in caring for people in the community. Her role is to help families, especially those with young children, to keep healthy.

Helen, our regular Health Visitor, provides support from the surgery.


Physiotherapists are specially trained and regulated professionals who consider the body as a whole, rather than just focusing on the individual aspects of an injury or illness.
Some of the main approaches used by physiotherapists include:

  • education and advice – physiotherapists can give general advice about things that can affect your daily lives, such as posture and correct lifting or carrying techniques to help prevent injuries
  • movement, tailored exercise and physical activity advice – exercises may be recommended to improve your general health and mobility, and to strengthen specific parts of your body
  • manual therapy – where the physiotherapist uses their hands to help relieve pain and stiffness, and to encourage better movement of the body

Referrals to the Physiotherapy department can be made by Chris, our First Contact Physiotherapist, who visits every Friday, or your GP.


Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who have been trained to diagnose and treat abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections. They can give you and your family advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes to wear. They can also treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems.

Sandra, our regular Podiatrist provides a clinic every other Tuesday. She provides a private service.

Our NHS Podiatry service is provided by Dorset HealthCare.

Toenail Care

Every other Tuesday Jackie provides a toenail cutting and care service at the surgery.


Steps2Wellbeing is a service which aims to treat people suffering from mild to moderate anxiety and depression based problems.

You can self refer to Steps2Wellbeing via their website, or after a conversation with your GP.

Community Midwives

Hospital and community midwives have been specially trained to care for mothers and babies throughout pregnancy, labour and birth. Community midwives continue to care for you and your baby for between 10 and 28 days after the birth.

A Midwife clinic is held at Dorset County Hospital.

We are in the final stages of having our website completely redesigned to meet the most recent NHS and Accessibility Standards.
We are expecting the new website to go live by the end of this week. The website address will remain the same (www.cerneabbassurgery.co.uk), so no need to update your bookmarks!
You can see a preview of the new homepage in the picture below – there might be some slight changes between now and when we go live, as well as once it is available to everyone, but the format will remain the same.
Don’t be alarmed if you see this new site – it is really us!

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