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Atrium Health CentreTel: 01305 251545
Crossways SurgeryTel: 01305 854355
Our practice nurses provide a wide range of services to our patients including:
To book an appointment with our practice nurse please contact reception.
Health Care Assistant
Our health care assistants are able to carry out the following procedures:
The health visitors run baby clinics and carry out children’s regular development checks. The surgery will book mother and baby in for an 8 week post-natal check up with the GP and health visitor and also offer the opportunity for the baby to have their first immunisations. Our health visitors will also see each child to assess their development at different stages. A development assessment will also be offered at 7 - 9 months, 2 years and 3 years.
Counselling can help you to deal with life problems. If you feel counselling might be of help to you, please see a doctor who may refer you to our counsellor, Pam Newton, or to other counselling services.
We also offer Life Coaching support and Social Prescribing support with the help of Help&Care and our in-house Social Prescriber
Your care will be shared with your GP and the midwife team. If your pregnancy is more complicated you may be referred to the Consultant Obstetrician at the hospital for further monitoring and assessment.
Once the midwife knows you are pregnant she will contact you to arrange your initial booking appointment where she will provide you with information you will need during your pregnancy and arrange any screening that may be required.
Follow up appointments will be held at the surgery, please contact reception to book these appointments.
The practice can carry out some minor surgical procedures such as joint and soft tissue injections. You will need to book an appointment to see a doctor to be assessed.
Community Dermatology Service
Clinics for the Community Dermatology Service are held at the Atrium Health Centre once a month on a Thursday and Friday. These appointments are made only by referral from your GP.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
Please click here for the list of fees for non-NHS services.
Teenagers and young adults are always welcome at our practice. You can be sure that anything you discuss with any member of the practice from receptionist to doctor will always remain confidential.
Childline - 0800 1111
Samaritans - 0131 221 9999
Healthy Respect - 0800 28 29 30
Whilst we realise this is a Scottish website, there is lots of useful information.
Most people infected with Chlamydia do not have any symptoms; they feel and look perfectly well. It is very common, affecting around 1 in 10 young men and women; particularly women between the ages of 16–19 and men aged 19–24. The surgery offers chlamydia screening to all patients under the age of 25 free screening kits. Alternatively you can collect a free kit from a local pharmacy or GUM clinic and do the test in private at home.
For more information and advice you can also contact the Chlamydia Screening Dorset Service by clicking on the link below:
All of our GPs are able offer contraceptive advice. Alternatively you can visit the contraception and sexual health clinic. They will be able to offer you advice on the many different forms of contraception.
Contraception and Sexual Health Clinic, 20 Trinity Street, Dorchester, DT1 1TU Tel: 03003 031948
Park Centre for Sexual Health, Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7TB Tel: 01305 762682
If you think you may require emergency contraception (morning after pill), it is best taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex, although it is still effective up to 72 hours after, please make an urgent appointment to see a GP. Alternatively the morning after pill can be purchased from some pharmacies.
Further useful information can be found on the family planning association website:
In October 2007 the Department of Health launched vaccination programme targeting girls between the age of 12 and 18 years of age. The vaccine was started to protect against certain types of the common virus called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that cause most cases of cervical cancer.
Having the vaccination
The vaccination is given as an injection into the upper arm or thigh. 3 separate doses will be given over a period of 6 months. Like most injections the side effects of the vaccination are often quite mild. There may be some stinging or soreness in the arm, but this will wear off after a couple of days. More serious side effects are extremely rare. The vaccine has undergone rigorous safety testing required before it can be used in the UK.
The vaccine is recommended for girls in year 8 at school (aged12-13) and all girls born on or after 1st September 1990 will be offered it in the catch up programme either at school or they will be called by the surgery.
If you are planning to go backpacking or take a gap year to travel it is important that you plan as far ahead as possible. You may also require additional vaccinations.
For lots more advice on backpacking and gap years click on the link below, this website offers advice on travel health, vaccinations, malaria protection, Visa’s, insurance and lots more about how to plan your trip.
Vaccinations & Travel Advice
When travelling abroad it is often necessary to have travel vaccinations prior to departure. We offer a full vaccination service with our practice nurses.
Before you book an appointment with the practice nurse you will need to complete our travel risk assessment questionnaire (available from reception or download the form below), this provides the nurse with your travel itinerary which she will require in order to decide what vaccines you may need.
Please allow at least eight weeks before you travel to allow sufficient time for any course of immunisations to be completed.
Please note that not all vaccinations are covered by the NHS and a fee may be incurred.
Other useful websites that offer information about travelling are:
Fit For Travel - latest information and malarial advice
Department of Health
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age young people are offered the opportunity to have a tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccination booster. In total, you need five doses of tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccine to build up and maintain your immunity against the diseases. The first three doses are given when you are a baby, the fourth dose is then give around 3 years and 4 months old and then the teenage booster offered at 13 years is the fifth and final dose. You should not require any further doses of tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccine in your lifetime if you have had all five doses, except in rare circumstances, such as after a bone marrow transplant.
The practice nurse will be able to check if you have completed all five doses and will be able to advise you accordingly if you will require any further vaccinations in the future.
The Citizens Advice service provides free, confidential and independent advice to help people resolve problems with their:
Regardless of race, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, disability or religion the service is available to every patient of the practice.
Every Citizens Advice Bureau is a registered charity reliant on funds to provide these vital services for local communities.
We now have a 'Surgery pod' in our downstairs waiting room at the Atrium and can be used by both our Atrium and Crossways patients.
You can come in at any time whilst we are open and use this to;
Any details that you add on whilst using the pod are then saved to your Medical Record so that the GP can see.
Please note that the chairs at the Atrium Health Centre waiting rooms have a maximum load of 25 stone (155kg). We do not currently offer a bariatric seating option due to funding allocation to other patient services.
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