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Cerne Abbas


Our local doctors’ surgery is located in Long

Street, Cerne Abbas.

Their website is at


Buckland Newton Community Website
in the heart of rural Dorset

New Patient Records System

At the surgery patient records are held on our computer system, meaning that all of the team are able to see your record and provide the best care for you without you having to repeat your story. Many people assume that if they attend hospital or access out of hours care, staff will also be able to see the patient record, but this is not the case. For us to be able to work more closely with other healthcare providers in delivering co- ordinated care to you, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging all GP practices to move to a single clinical system, called SystmOne. For us, this meant we needed to change our system in September 2017. If you order medication on line, we will have to issue you with a new password, although we won’t need to see your identification if you have already shown this to us. Please contact us if this applies to you. Please be patient during the time of transition; we need to become familiar with the system so that we can care for you in the future. Also, please be assured that your information will remain confidential and is not at risk. Gillian Brindle, Practice Business Manager

The Primary Care Commissioning Strategy

Some of you will be aware that Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has published a draft Primary Care Commissioning Strategy (PCCS) which sets out proposals for the future of General Practice in Dorset. http://www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk/aboutus/primary- care-strategy.htm Of significant concern to many is the implication that patients will have their care delivered from larger sites and that smaller, local GP Practices may be closed. Please be assured that this is not a ‘done deal’ and although the national agenda is focused on ‘delivery at scale’, we know this will not work for rural communities where transport issues are significant. Please do not be concerned about there being changes to where you access your care. We are looking at local solutions that, rather than adopting ‘one size fits all’, focus on what we collectively want our local health care services to look like and how GP Practices can meet the challenges of delivering modern models of care.

Surgery Website Changes

You can now book on-line for an appointment to see a doctor. The practice is also changing the way repeat medication is ordered on-line.  If you already order medication on-line the surgery will provide you with a log-in and password to access the new system via the surgery website.  If you do not already use the website to order medication and would like to use this service, please request a log-in and password from reception.  You will need to bring photographic evidence of identity such as a current passport or driving licence. The dispensary is open from 9am to 7pm so you will be able to collect your medicines throughout the day, Monday to Friday. In addition, the surgery will be offering appointments specifically for our working patients on weekday evenings until 7.00 pm. This replaces our Saturday opening, which has not been widely used. Information about the surgery and other healthcare support is available on our website www.cerneabbassurgery.co.uk

Transport to the Surgery

For those unable to drive themselves, use public transport or avail themselves of friends or relatives to get to appointments, the Buckland Newton Car Neighbour Scheme has agreed to transport clients to the Surgery at Cerne Abbas. Clients need to register with the co-ordinators and give two days notice of visit.  Please note that the Surgery will not book the car on your behalf; you need to contact the co-ordinator on 07733 849 264.  Please see the Neighbourhood Car Scheme page.