Monday08:30 – 11:10 and 15:00 – 19:10
Tuesday09:00 – 11:10 and 15:00 – 17:40
Wednesday08:30 – 11:10 and 15:00 – 17:40
Thursday08:30 – 11:10 and 15:00 – 19:10
Friday08:30 – 11:10 and 15:00 – 17:40
We aim to offer routine appointments within two working days. If you have an urgent problem that requires immediate attention, a doctor can see you the same day providing you ring the surgery before 10:30am; you will then be offered an appointment time to be seen by the duty doctor. We will try to see you at your appointed time but there may be times when a wait will be necessary depending on demand. Please note the GP surgery does not start until 09:30am on the last Tuesday or Thursday of the month. For information about how to make the most of your appointment with the GP, please click here
If you find you no longer need an appointment you have arranged please be sure to let us know as soon as possible to allow the time to be available for someone else. You can cancel your appointment by telephone at any time of the day or night.
The practice uses an electronic display board to call you for your appointment, and if you have trouble reading the display, or hearing the bell indicating an appointment has been called, please let the reception staff know, and you will be called by an alternative means. Please be sure to check into reception, preferably at the Automated Arrivals Console, when you arrive for an appointment. Apart from letting us know who is in the building in the event of an emergency, it also ensures that your doctor knows you have arrived and are ready to be seen.
An Automated Arrivals Console was installed to alleviate queues at the front desk. It is very easy to use and saves time for you and the receptionists. “Arrive” yourself by entering your date of birth details – remember to read the screen carefully and to answer all the questions. This can be used for doctor, nurse and phlebotomy appointments.
Lead Practice NurseHilary Taylor
Practice NurseHannah Murray
Practice NurseAmber Stanley
Healthcare AssistantsCora BestKate Dmochowska
As well as general nursing duties, e.g. dressings, injections, ear syringing, Hilary and her team run clinics for chronic disease management; diabetes, vascular and respiratory reviews, where they undertake the routine care and annual reviews for these conditions.
They also offer the following services:
Hilary, Hannah, Amber, Cora and Kate can do your blood pressure review, and Hilary and Hannah can give dietary, weight loss and cholesterol advice.
The Phlebotomy Service is a busy one available in the mornings only, and we aim to do as many “in-house” blood tests as we can, but you may have to wait two to three weeks for a routine blood test, or if you wish you can go to Poole Hospital (01202 448087) and have your blood taken there. It is necessary to ring for an appointment first.
Sometimes it is more convenient and simpler to have a discussion over the telephone rather than book an appointment. If you would like to speak to a doctor or nurse for advice then telephone 01929 553444. The best time to phone is after 11.30am as the phones are less busy, and the doctors and nurses will be finishing their morning surgeries. If the doctor or nurse cannot speak to you directly please leave a message with the receptionist who answers your call, including any times when you won’t be available to take a return call. The doctor or nurse will return your call within 48 hours and often sooner. Please note the doctor will try twice to get hold of you and will leave a message if possible, but after that the onus is back on the patient to call back so please ensure you have given a number where you can be contacted. If your question needs an urgent reply a doctor or nurse will be able to advise you more quickly. In an emergency, it would be better to request assistance from the ambulance service by dialling 999. Remember that the surgery can’t discuss issues relating to the health of others without their specific consent. Please note, telephone calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.
Our telephone picking list:
Please dial 01929 553444 and listen to the menu, if you know which option you require (see list below) you may select that option at any time.
It is impossible to predict with accuracy the demand for appointments so it is necessary for us to try to plan by setting up different types of appointments. These are the types of appointments we provide; times may vary. If you need to be seen on the day, please phone between 08:30 and 10:30 for a morning appointment and between 14:00 and 16:00 for an afternoon appointment.
Routine Pre-bookable appointments
Home visits are normally for those who are housebound. Home visits can be requested for the same day, if they are requested by 10.30am, by telephoning 01929 553444.
Please state why you need a visit to help us work out who will need to be seen more urgently during the day. Please also give your address and telephone number.
Visits are made at the doctor’s discretion on grounds of clinical need and you may be offered an appointment at the surgery if the doctor feels this is more appropriate.
Lack of transport is not a reason for a home visit.
Wareham Surgery is a “Training Practice”. Our Trainees (ST2s or ST3s) are fully-qualified doctors who have chosen General Practice as their career, and who, since gaining their degree in Medicine, will already have had at least three years of experience working as doctors in various hospital specialties. They are usually attached to your surgery for 6-12 months. They can provide care of the same standard as that given by the other doctors within the practice, but also enjoy close clinical supervision by GP Partners at the practice, and will refer to the partner who is their Trainer if necessary.
ST2 trainees will have been qualified doctors for at least three years after completing their Medicine degree, gaining experience in general practice, after working as doctors in various hospital specialities.
ST3 trainees will have been qualified doctors for at least four years after completing their Medicine degree (two Foundation Years, followed by two years of GP vocational training, including six months already in a different GP practice). They are in their final stage of postgraduate training to become an independent GP.
As part of their assessment in training, GP Trainees have to sometimes video-record consultations. These recordings are strictly confidential and only seen by doctors involved in their assessment. Video-recording of consultations is only ever done with your express written consent, and you may choose to withhold such consent without giving any reason or affecting your care in any way.
Dr Nathan Francis and Dr Hannah Francis are approved GP Trainers, and will be responsible for the supervision of all GP Trainees.
It is not always possible for our doctors to cover all surgeries and we may occasionally need to call in the services of a locum doctor. They will always be fully qualified and they will have access to all your medical information.
If your doctor decides that you need to be referred to hospital to see a consultant, you will probably be referred via a system called E-Referrals.
The doctor will select the service you require and give you a choice, where available, of different hospitals to attend. You will then be given a printed sheet to enable you to book an appointment at your convenience via the telephone or on-line.
Transport should be booked by eligible patients for NHS appointments directly with the provider. Please telephone the Dorset Patient Transport Bureau on 0300 777 5555.
Please click to view the Patient Transport Leaflet
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