Christmas Jumper Day 7th and 8th December 2023
WHAT IS CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY?
This year we are participating in Christmas Jumper Day on 7th and 8th December.
Christmas Jumper Day is Save the Children's annual event which raises money for the children who need it most.
Every December, millions of people across the United Kingdom (and beyond!) put on a festive knit at their workplace, school or with friends and make a donation to help give children the magical future they deserve.
Better Care for Carers
This is Tania (right-hand-side) receiving the Bronze Plus Award from Jackie Hicken, Mid Dorset PCN Carers Lead, for her work as Carer's Lead at Poundbury Doctors Surgery. This is a new role for Tania and she has achieved so much in such a short time. Well done Tania.
Face Coverings in the Surgery
As of Monday 9th October, it can be your personal choice whether or not you wear a mask in the surgery. However, if you have any respiratory infection or feel unwell with cold-like symptoms then please wear a mask to protect everyone.
Welcome to Dr Berit French, Salaried GP
It gives us great pleasure to welcome Dr Berit French, Salaried GP to Poundbury Doctors Surgery who joins us on Wednesday 13th September.
Poundbury Garden Centre and Poundbury Doctors Surgery
Poundbury Doctors Surgery were thrilled to receive the kind donations from Poundbury Garden Centre involved with our Social Prescribing work. The plants all have known medical benefits and the befriending bench is to encourage patients to take a rest, have a chat with a friend or meet a new friend.
FLU VACCINES FOR ELIGIBLE PATIENTS
We will be running our flu clinics on Saturday 30th September and Saturday 14th October. We urge you to book you flu vaccine online with us. If you are unable to book your appointment online, please only telephone the surgery after 2.00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
If you currently have a flu vaccine booked with a pharmacy, you may like to reconsider booking with us.
Patients Eligible for a Flu Vaccine
The government has announced that the vaccination programme this year will focus on high-risk groups meaning healthy people aged between 50 and 64 will not be covered this year.
Please check you are in one of the following groups before booking a vaccination:
- Those aged 65 years and over
- Those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
- Pregnant women
- All children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2023
- Those in long-stay residential care homes
- Carers in receipt of carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person
- Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- Frontline workers in a social care setting without an employer led occupational health scheme including those working for a registered residential care or nursing home, registered domiciliary care providers, voluntary managed hospice providers and those that are employed by those who receive direct payments (personal budgets) or Personal Health budgets, such as Personal Assistants
Parkrun for the NHS – Celebrating the NHS’s 75th Anniversary
The NHS teamed up with Parkrun UK to mark the NHS’s 75th anniversary 8th July.
Staff from Poundbury Doctors Surgery participated in the event on the Great Field in Poundbury. Everyone was encouraged to join in whether running, walking or walking with a four-legged “fur” friend.
BP Monitors on Loan to Patients
If you have borrowed one of our BP monitors to use at home, please return it to us. We purchased 20 monitors which we have lent out to patients and none of them have been returned. We do not have the resources to replace these machines. Thank you.
Welcome Dr Anne-Marie O'Carroll Salaried GP
It gives us great pleasure to welcome Dr Anne-Marie O'Carroll, Salaried GP to Poundbury Doctors Surgery who joins us on Monday 27th February.
Warm Welcomes in Dorset Cost of Living Support in the Community
Warm Welcomes in Dorset
Cost of Living Support in the Community
How to get help and how to give help
If you, or someone you know is struggling financially, click onto the link for information locally:
Help us Protect Babies from Respiratory Infections in the Future
Dr Simon Phillips London Marathon 2022
Dr Simon Phillips is running this year’s London Marathon on the 2nd October dressed as Big Ben to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. It’s a fantastic charity and one of personal importance. The challenge is completing the event in a large, bulky costume that acts as both a sauna in heat and sail in windy weather. Let’s hope it’s cool and calm on the day!
Dr Phillips wants to raise as much as possible and has pledged at least £2500. We hope you will want to donate what you can and you may even win a prize in return!
London Marathon Sweepstake
Win £50 Amazon Voucher
It's your chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher by entering into Dr Phillip's competition. It's easy, just guess hisfinishing time for the London Marathon on the 2nd October. The closest answer wins. You can enter by donating £5 through his Just Giving page (below). All the money goes to Alzheimer's Research UK.
You can donate to Dr Phillip's JustGiving page by clicking here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simon-phillips70
To give you an idea on times, he ran London Marathon in 3hrs 55mins in 2016. He will of course be wearing the Big Ben costume this time which will slow him down, a lot. It's big and awkward. He has done three practice Great Field Park Runs in Dorchester in 28-30 minutes.
Please enter your answer time in Hrs, Mins and Secs into the comments as you donate. This way you can avoid duplicate times and having to split the winnings.
Thank you for all the support and kind donations. It really does make a difference. Look out for Dr Phillips on the day if you are running also or maybe even on TV.....
Good luck everyone! Enter now, go on, times ticking!
Mike Bushell, BBC sports commentator came to interview Dr Phillips today - see attached photograph.
Thank You to the Staff
The GP Partners sent a lovely bouquet of flowers to all the staff today in recognition of all the hard work they continue to do during the most challenging time we have ever experienced in primary care.