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Dr Simon Phillips is running the London Marathon dressed as ‘Big Ben’ on 2nd October 2022 in support of Alzheimer’s Research UK

Dr Simon Phillips

Big Ben

He is raising £2500 by the running the 26.2 mile course. Please show you support and help defeat dementia by donating at reception, through the practice website or visiting his fundraising page: 

I lost my father to Alzhiemer's disease in 2016. I ran an emotional London Marathon for ARUK the same year. The support from friends, family and Alzhimer's Research UK was fabulous. My chance to return for a second time has come but with a twist...

I have always wanted to run the London Marathon in fancy dress. Not just a cape, tutu and funny wig but a proper costume. The team at ARUK have found me the perfect outfit...Big Ben!

The Big Ben costume was run in by Lukas in 2019 for ARUK. It was famously stolen outside of a London pub after the event. Piers Morgan raised awareness of the missing landmark and donated £1000 to charity on it's safe return to ARUK.

Well, the time has come for Big Ben to run the streets of London again in the world greatest marathon! This time, I will be stuck sweating inside the clock tower!

We all know that dementia is a chronic debilitating condition. It destroys not only memory but your ability to do daily functions we take for granted. 1 in 14 adults over 65 and 1 in 6 over 80 years old have the condition. Research is crucial in fighting the disease. ARUK is the leading charity driving pioneering research to find treatments with over 2000 UK based researchers.

I am so up for this challenge and want to raise as much money as possible for a worthy charity. I'll need your support to get Big Ben around the course and anything you can donate to help ARUK is grateful received.

Thanks, Simon

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

If you or someone you know would like more information about dementia, make an appointment to see your GP or visit the Alzheimers Research UK website at or telephone 0300 111 5333.

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From 14th September 2020, please do not come to the surgery to collect medication or enquire about test results until AFTER 11 am.  Thank you for your cooperation.



In order to comply with current NHS guidelines, we have to keep to 28 day prescribing.  This advice may change as we receive information regarding Coronavirus and its effect on all of our lives.  Thank you for your understanding.

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Please be advised with immediate effect:


Following two recent incidents which have involved damage to the patient lift and the front doors, we are no longer able to allow mobility scooters (also known as motorised scooters) inside the surgery. We have been advised that mobility scooters could be a potential health and safety risk in a confined area, especially where there may be small children and older patients.  We have to consider the safety of all patients and staff who use this building. We are not able to get insurance for the use of mobility scooters within this building. 


Please note we are able to accommodate wheelchairs and indeed, have some wheelchairs for patient use in the lobby. Please park motorised scooters in an appropriate place outside of the surgery.


If you need assistance with accessing the surgery and are unable to bring someone along with you to help, please let the receptionist know when you book your appointment and we will make every effort to help.


Wheelchairs and the use of prescribed power chairs are not affected by this notice.

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Please do not go to A&E or Out of Hours if you run out of medication over a weekend or bank holiday.  They will not be able to supply you with your medication.  Please go to your usual pharmacy - they may give you sufficient supplies to see you through.  However, there may be a charge for this. 

As of Monday 4th July 2016 we have been able to send you an SMS text message on your mobile telephone to remind you of appointments you have booked with us.  We can only provide this service to patients who have registered their mobile telephone as being their preferred method of telephone contact.   





"My Journey with Type 2 Diabetes"

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Patient Online Services

Did you know we now offer the following online services:  repeat prescriptions, online appointment requesting, access to summary care record (eg repeat meds, allergies and adverse reactions).  You need to register with us in person for an online account to access this information.  You will need to bring along some photographic ID.

As of 3rd December 2015 we became the first GP Practice in West Dorset to be recognised as a "Dementia Friendly GP Practice". 




When we were located in Cornwall Road, Dorchester it was logical for us to adopt that as part of our name. However, we moved to our new location in 2007 and for a long time, the practice has been considering changing its name.


We finally settled on the name Poundbury Doctors Surgery, and officially renamed as of 1st May 2016.  



This does not affect any service we provide to you, nor will there be any change in our structure or organisation.  We will continue catering to patients from outside Poundbury, ie, providing NHS medical services to all patients, new and old.  We are NOT merging with any other GP Practice or organisation.  Rural and town patients are all welcome.

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