SOCIAL PRESCRIBING..is now at Portesham Surgery !

Who would like to write their own script? why not take a fresh approach in life.  If you want to improve your wellbeing, try writing yourself a new wellbeing script!

Click HERE to find out more about Social Prescribing and how we could help you

Coronavirus Update

We are open! Our doors have stayed open throughout the pandemic (except between 1 and 2pm when we have always closed to allow us to catch up after the morning rush). The main change we have made is to discourage you from coming into the surgery in person unless you have an appointment or need to collect your medication: this reduces the number of people in the surgery, particularly the waiting room and reception area, so we can keep everyone safe.

This is particularly important in the afternoons when we bring in any respiratory patients to be assessed, so please take notice of the signs and avoid coming in to the reception area between 1 and 5pm.

You can still telephone us with any urgent query and our duty doctor will triage you and bring you in for an examination if this is necessary.  For more routine  appointments you can book online or by telephoning us; all GP appointments are by telephone unless the doctor arranges for you to come in.  Nurse appointments carry on as normal although routine reviews may be done by telephone if there is no need for you to attend the surgery.  

Remember to wear a face covering, if you are able, when you visit the surgery.  


FOR REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS ORDERED VIA TELEPHONE OR ONLINE PLEASE CAN WE ASK THAT YOU GIVE THE DISPENSARY AT LEAST ONE WEEKS NOTICE WHERE POSSIBLE.  This is because of the persistent delays in stock being delivered, which can result in long queues at the dispensary if you come to collect something which we have not yet received from the suppliers. Thank you for helping us to reduce the queues by ordering in plenty of time.

Click here for full information and advice on all our new arrangements to keep you safe.


For non-urgent queries you can now do an eConsult.  With many of our consultations being done by telephone it may be harder for you to reach us by telephone at the moment, so this is a helpful alternative which is becoming increasingly popular with our patients.  It gives the doctor all the information they need to be able to help you, for example with advice or a prescription, and it saves you travelling to the surgery, finding a lift or childcare, taking time off work etc, so do give it a try – see below. eConsults are suitable for NON URGENT QUERIES and will get a response within two working days.  For more urgent problems please telephone us as normal.

PLEASE CLICK THIS BOX to start your eConsult:

See here for more details about eConsult and how it works.

Do not attend the surgery if you suspect you have the virus or have been in close contact with an infected person.  Use the NHS 111 online symptom checker at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19You do not need to call us, or NHS 111, to report that you have the symptoms.  Follow the care advice given on the NHS 111 website or in the media, but contact us if your symptoms worsen or you are worried.  If you think you might have COVID-19 you can telephone the NHS COVID hotline number 119 to arrange to have a test.

For up to date information please use the following links:   GOV.uk/coronavirus     NHS.uk/coronavirus

Parents: if you are worried about your child please do not delay in seeking help COVID-19 is extremely unlikely to make your child unwell but all the ‘normal’ illnesses continue.  GPs and hospitals have made extreme efforts to ensure the safety of their patients so please call us for advice, or contact NHS 111 out of hours if it is urgent, or do an eConsult (see below) for less urgent advice from your GP.

Routine NHS work: there is currently limited routine secondary care work being done at present. Please bear this in mind when asking us for help with minor or non-urgent problems and consider whether it can wait, or if you can manage your condition differently. 

We are still here and ready to care for you, so don’t hesitate to contact us with anything urgent, if in doubt please call us and we can evaluate your condition 

Thank you!  We are so grateful for the support from patients, friends and volunteers. 

updated 1st October 2020 

We are a rural practice serving the community around the Bride Valley in West Dorset.  Our area runs from Burton Bradstock in the west, Portesham in the east and Winterbourne Abbas in the north.  We have three GPs whose special interests include paediatrics and joint injections.  Our nursing team offers the full range of nursing services including wound-care, childhood immunisations, travel immunisations and advice, and health checks.   We have our own in-house Dispensary with experienced dispensers and a Pharmacy Technician to dispense your acute and repeat medications.   We also benefit from in-house midwifery.

Our aim is to provide our patients with caring and professional healthcare in a friendly and supportive environment.

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Telephone numbers:

Please note that we have closed the old dispensary telephone number as we no longer take routine medication orders by phone.  If you have a medication query please ring the main surgery number 01305 871468 or email the appropriate team:


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