The LiveWell Dorset Service provides information, support and onward referrals for weight management, smoking cessation, physical activity and alcohol.The service is open to anyone living in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset over the age of 18. A team of specially trained wellness advisors will assess each person over the phone and provide brief interventions designed to support healthy behaviour choices. Where required, a programme of support will be offered to help people make and sustain changes to their lifestyle and signpost them to other services.How to signpost people to LiveWell DorsetGive the patient (over 18 years old) an information card with details of LiveWell Dorset or simply tell them about the serviceVerbally advise that they call using the customer number: 0800 8401628 (Freephone) or local number 01305 233105, to find out more.Request a call back from LiveWell Dorset to someone that you are working with (with their consent), to access this support - call the dedicated provider phone line: 01305 233106 – and provide the name, contact details and reason for referral.If you would like some information cards to provide people with an ‘informal referral’ call on 01305 233106 or email Paula Bennetts at;email@example.comFurther information will be available in the coming months via@LWDorset and LiveWell Dorseton Facebook and www.livewelldorset.co.uk. This will include more details about the services offered, training and the different ways you can engage with the service.LiveWell Dorset hope to signpost groups like yourselves, from the community and voluntary sector to people who are referred into the LiveWell service. Therefore if you would like to have your information on our database so we can share your service / club / organisation with our customers then please let Paula Bennetts at Dorset Community Action know.Further information about LiveWell Dorset will be given at up-coming Community Lunches in your area. There will also be the opportunity to find out more at the North Dorset Health Focused Lunch, details of which can be found on our website via www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk/events/
Proposed Merger of Prince of Wales Surgery in Dorchester and Portesham SurgeryThe GP partners of Portesham Surgery and Prince of Wales Surgery in Dorchester are pleased to announce plans to merge the practices under one contract. Joining forces offers many benefits to patients and practices alike. As a bigger organisation we will be able to offer the combined skills within our GP and nursing teams to the patients of both practices, and will be more attractive to recruiting new clinicians, making us more sustainable. We anticipate the merger taking place in early to mid-2023. Once the application has been approved by NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, there will be a process to follow to bring our individual practices together contractually and systematically. We will engage with you over the coming months to ensure you are fully informed and have an opportunity to ask further questions or share your views with us. You will undoubtedly have questions about what this means for you, so we have prepared some initial Questions and Answers below. These are also available on leaflets in the surgery. We have already talked to our Patient Group representatives and they are happy to talk to you and help answer your questions – you can contact them through firstname.lastname@example.org or look on our website www.porteshamsurgery.co.uk for details of your village representative (the Patient Group link is at the bottom of the home page).We look forward to working on your behalf to maintain and improve primary care services.Yours,Dr Louise Beale Dr Stephen ScottPortesham Surgery Prince of Wales SurgeryQuestions and Answers about our MergerQ1 When will the merge to the new Practice take place?It is anticipated that the merger will take place within the next 12-15 months.Q2 Will I still be able to make an appointment to see my usual doctor or nurse? The merger won't change your ability to see your usual doctor or nurse. Q3 Will I still be able to make appointments at my usual doctor's surgery?You will continue to make appointments at your usual surgery as you do now.Q4 Will my usual surgery opening times stay the same? The merger will not change the opening hours of either surgery.Q5 Will there be changes made to the way I book appointments? The merger process will bring together the individual practice systems into a single system. If there are any changes you will be notified.Q6 Will I have to go to another GP Practice site for consultations and/or treatments? No. However you may be offered an appointment at either practice if one practice is short of appointments or it's more convenient for you.Q7 Will any service that is currently offered by my usual surgery be removed or stopped? No. We do not anticipate services being removed or stopped. If anything, we anticipate that this merger will bring about a greater choice of services. Q8 Will there be any changes to how I access the GP out of hours service? No. In order to access a GP when the practice is closed, you will continue to telephone the NHS 111 service as you do now.Q9 Will the current arrangements that I have in place for getting my medicines stay the same? Yes. Q10 Will the intended merge affect any treatment or medication I am currently receiving either at my usual surgery or any hospital?No. Any current treatments, medications or investigations will not be affected by the merger.Q11 Will I need to re-register to become a patient of the newly merged GP Practice? What will happen to my health records? No. All patients will automatically be transferred into the new single GP Practice system, along with their health records.