Join the Practice
We are a practice on the western side of Dorchester located on the edge of the new Poundbury Village. We cover a semi-rural and rural area that includes Dorchester and a surrounding area of approximately 5 miles radius.
Please speak to our reception staff about registering with the practice. They will provide you with all the details including whether your address falls within the area served by the practice.
Please check that your address falls within our catchment area.
Please click on this link to view the map of our catchment area. Once the map has loaded click anywhere on the screen to view our catchment area which is shaded in violet. You can also use this map to search for your postcoce to see where your home is in relation to our catchment area.
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To complete your registration
You will need to come in to the Surgery with photo ID (such as a passport or driving licence) and proof of your address (for example a fixed utilities bill (i.e. not a mobile bill), bank or solicitors letter is ideal). If you have already completed and sent us the registration forms, you can bring your ID & proof of address with you to your first appointment.
Registration forms and health questionnaires can be completed below.
Online 'Pre-Registration' With The Practice
You can save yourself some time by filling in a pre-registration form and sending it to us using the "Send" button. If you wish to pre-register click on the link below to open the form. When you have completed all of the details, click on the "Send" button to mail your form to us. When you visit the surgery for the first time you will be asked to sign the form to confirm that the details are correct. Your registration is not valid until you have visited the surgery and signed your application in person. The surgery also reserves the right to refuse registration in certain circumstances.
In order to complete your registration with us you will still need to come into the surgery with photo ID (such as passport or driving licence) and proof of your address (eg Council Tax bill for current year, bank or solicitor letter).
When you register you will also be required to fill out a medical questionnaire. This is because it can take a considerable time for us to receive your medical records. When you come to the surgery you will also be asked to sign this form to confirm that the details are correct.
Note that by sending the form you will be transmitting information about your self across the Internet and although every effort is made to keep this information secure, no guarantee can be offered in this respect.
Please ensure you fill in both the New Patient Registration Form and the New Patient Health Questionnaire.
Please also complete the form relating to your records
If you want access to your medical records please you will need to come to the Practice in person with ID.
Please also complete the form below with your choices on sharing your data:
If you are ill while away from home or if you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one you can receive emergency treatment from the local GP practice for 14 days. After 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or permanent patient.
You can be registered as a temporary patient for up to three months. This will allow you to be on the local practice list and still remain a patient of your permanent GP. After three months you will have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with that practice.
To register as a temporary patient simply contact the local practice you wish to use. Practices do not have to accept you as a temporary patient although they do have an obligation to offer emergency treatment. You cannot register as a temporary patient at a practice in the town or area where you are already registered.
Non English Speakers
These fact sheets have been written to explain the role of UK health services, the National Health Service (NHS), to newly-arrived individuals seeking asylum. They cover issues such as the role of GPs, their function as gatekeepers to the health services, how to register and how to access emergency services.
Special care has been taken to ensure that information is given in clear language, and the content and style has been tested with user groups.
Open the leaflets in one of the following languages:
What Our Patients Say About Us
We value your feedback - tell us what you think and how we can improve.
These are just some of the comments we have recently received from our patients, during 2020:
“Can we take this opportunity to thank you and all staff at the surgery for the support and kindness we have received. It is so reassuring. Many thanks.”
"A big thankyou to everyone for the great service I have received from the Practice."
"We just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for the efficient way you handled our flu vaccinations on Saturday. You are working in such difficult circumstances at the moment, but we very much appreciated the calm, organised, friendly way the process was dealt with on Saturday."
"My husband and I were very impressed with the organisation and efficiency of Saturday's Flu vaccination process. Many thanks to all for this and all the other functions you are performing."
“Doctors, nurses, receptionists, telephonists - all helpful cheerful and efficient. Top marks all around."
“Whenever we need some attention the help and kindness we get is really wonderful. All the staff are so kind and friendly.”
“Many years of good friendly service and care to me and family."
“Everybody was very pleasant and helpful."
“Excellent surgery well managed. Good treatment/doctors.”
Unfortunately, we don’t always get everything right and some of those things are out of our control. However, we welcome these comments so we can do something about them. Here are the comments we have received and our responses to them:
"Please can we have another chair with arms upstairs – there’s only one at present. Please could you put the “priority for less able” notice directly above the chair with arms, so as to make it clear to other patients that the chair is “reserved” for those with less mobility. In the downstairs waiting area, there are three chairs with arms but only one has a notice. The other two are in the middle of the area and need to be against the wall with a notice. Thank you."
As requested we have ensured that there are two chairs with arms in both the upstairs and downstairs waiting areas (both against a wall) with a notice above them.
“Time keeping could be improved.”
“Doctor running very late – 30-40 minutes.”
The doctors try to keep to time, but this is not always possible due to the complexity of some conditions which patients present with. We would request your patience in such circumstances. We will endeavor to let you know if the doctor is running behind. If you have let Reception know you have arrived and have been waiting longer than 20 minutes past the time of your appointment, please let Reception know. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
“It is very frustrating when you can’t make an appointment with your GP when you are feeling ill (on the day). Why else would you ‘phone to see a doctor?”
Every morning we run a service for patients who request an urgent appointment or home visit. When you request such an appointment the receptionist may tell you that you will be placed on the Triage list and that one of the medical team will call you back. You will be asked for your name, telephone number and a brief description of the problem. We will ask you to remain available until the doctor or nurse calls you back. If your condition deteriorates you should telephone the surgery again.
“Car Parking is appalling; I sometimes have to wait for a space to be clear.”
We are lucky as a GP surgery that we have free parking outside of our building. However we are sorry that you sometimes find it difficult to find a parking space when you visit the surgery. The only spaces actually part of the property of the surgeries are those immediately in front of the building. Parking spaces opposite are not our property and are for the use of anyone wishing to park there, so we have no way of regulating those. However, since the Duchy put up a restricted parking sign in 2017, we have seen quite an improvement in the availability of parking.
“Problem with no reply on your phone system when Reception is busy.”
We are aware that our current telephone system lets us down. It was purchased, at great expense, when we moved into the building over 10 years ago, but is no longer able to keep up with our demands. Our contract with our current provider does not allow for us to make suitable updates in a logical/easy way. The contract with this telephone provider comes up for renewal next year and we hope then to make vast improvements to our telephone system.