Coronavirus Headlines:

  • the Surgery is CLOSED to patients from 1 pm daily, unless you have been triaged by a doctor and invited to come in for a COVID assessment.PRESCRIPTIONS CAN ONLY BE COLLECTED BEFORE 1pm, for your own safety. Click here for full information and advice on all our new arrangements t0 keep you safe.
  • New “Red clinic” due to open soon, for COVID-19 patients requiring face to face assessment – watch the video here so you know what to expect if we refer you. 
  • Getting help: we are still here and ready to care for you, so don’t hesitate to contact us.  Just bear with us if it takes longer than usual to get through on the phone, or for less urgent queries do an eConsult (click here for more information or on the link below; you will get a response within 48 hours).
  • 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.
  • 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 no routine secondary care work being done at present, while all available resources and staff are dealing with the current pandemic.  GPs can therefore not make routine referrals at the moment. 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.  However rest assured we are still here to help with anything urgent so if in doubt, give us a call so we can evaluate your condition.  
  • Thank you!  We are so grateful for the support from patients, friends and volunteers.  In particular:
    • to our Friends of the Practice chairperson, who has put up the new screens at the front desk and dispensary, keeping both staff and patients safe;
    • to our patient who ordered face masks online and donated them to us last week; 
    • to the ex-patient who laser-printed face shields at the Swanage School and donated them to us and other GP surgeries in Dorset
    • to our MP Chris Loders who arranged for Childhay Manor’s distillery to manufacture additional alcohol cleaner for us to use in the surgery and at the new Red Clinic in Dorchester.
    • and to everyone who is helping our patients, friends and neighbours with medicine collections, shopping and support.  

updated 14th April 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, diabetic and dietician clinics run by peripatetic NHS professionals.

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

Click on the quick link buttons below, or use the headers above, to navigate around our website.


With many of our consultations being done by telephone at the moment, it will be harder for you to reach us by telephoning.  Fortunately we have just gone live on eConsult, where you can raise a non-urgent query for our doctors or medical secretaries, or access relevant online advice.  Please click the link above to start. See here for more details.  

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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