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Cervical Smear Tests

We recommend that cervical smears are done every three years between the ages of 25 and 49 years and every five years between the ages of 50-64. If you think your appointment is overdue, please check with the practice. When making the appointment please tell the receptionist that you are booking in for a smear.

Family Planning (Contraception)

During surgery hours, the practice offers a full range of contraceptive services provided by the doctors, Nurse Practitioner and Practice Nurse.

IUCD (coil) fitting is by prior arrangement after discussion with the doctor.


We are committed to promoting health and a healthy lifestyle for our patients. If you require information, advice or a referral to help you stop smoking, increase physical activity, lose weight or manage stress, please see a member of our medical team.

NHS Health Checks

Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented - even if you have a history of them in your family. Have your free NHS Health Check and you will be better prepared for the future and be able to take steps to maintain or improve your health.

Why do i need an NHS Health Check?
We know that your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia increases with age. There are also certain things that will put you at even greater risk.
These are:

  • being overweight
  • being physically inactive
  • not eating healthily
  • smoking
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol

Is there anything to be worried about?
The NHS Health Check has the potential to reduce your chances of developing certain conditions, and many people find it beneficial. However, it is your choice whether or not you take up the offer of a free NHS Health Check. Some people might be worried about the check and the impact of the results on their lifestyles. If you do have any concerns you can discuss them when you attend your check.

What happens at the check?
This check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and stroke.

  • The check will take about 20-30 minutes
  • You'll be asked some simple questions. For example, about your family history and choices which may put your health at risk.
  • We'll record your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity
  • We'll check your blood pressure and cholesterol


Patients can self-refer to the Physiotherapist Service at Wimborne or St Leonards Hospitals.  Please use the following link: , where self-management resources can also be found.

Child Health Surveillance

Children from birth to five years are regularly examined to assess their growth and development. The practice provides this service with the assessments being made by our GPs and health visitor.

Minor Surgery

Certain minor surgical procedures, such as joint injections, cautery, aspirations and cryotherapy, can be performed by the doctors on the premises. This may be more convenient for you and may save considerable time waiting for hospital treatment.

Social Prescribing: Take control of your health and wellbeing

Many things effect how well you feel and not all can be easily fixed by seeing a doctor or with medicines.

People often benefit from a different sort of prescription – one which helps them access support from different organisations, support groups and by getting involved in activities in the local community.

Social prescribing starts with a conversation between you and a social prescriber, someone trained to listen who will get to know you and understand your needs. Everybody is different, so your social prescriber will find and signpost you to the people and organisations which are right for you. This is what we call a social prescription. 

For example, they will signpost you to services to support with:

· Social isolation and loneliness

· Emotional wellbeing

· Making healthy lifestyle choices

· Managing long-term health conditions

· Housing and financial problems impacting health

· Access to volunteering, training or employment.

The service is free and open to anyone over 13 years.

How do I contact a social prescriber?

It is simple. You can talk to your GP or other healthcare professional, speak to surgery reception staff, or fill in a self-referral form (add button to form if available on practice website). We will take care of the rest and contact you with an appointment.

Travel Vaccinations/Immunisations

If you’re travelling, you can sometimes be hit with nasty health-related surprises abroad, from diarrhoea to hepatitis, malaria or even rabies. Whether you’ve considered your health risks or not, the reality is that some countries carry a higher risk of certain infectious disease. So please don’t be caught out on your trip! s a website full of health related information for anyone planning a trip abroad. Find out about some of the travel related infectious diseases and advice you’ll need to help avoid them. There is also a handy travellers’ checklist. If you need any vaccinations relating to foreign travel please complete a travel form, which is available on our website or at our reception, and remember to put a contact telephone number on so that our Practice Nurse can contact you to make an appointment if necessary.

It is important to complete this form as early as possible; at least 8 weeks before you travel, so that any necessary appointments can be made in plenty of time. As you will be aware, GP surgeries are working under increasing pressure, and have to prioritise the NHS services they can provide. We have previously offered a full travel service including private vaccinations until recently, but sadly we are no longer able to continue with this private service. The following vaccinations are commonly required for many holiday destinations, and are still available free of charge on the NHS for us to give you subject to need and availability; Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio (combined), Hepatitis A, Typhoid.

Other vaccinations may be necessary for more exotic or unusual destinations, complex travel itineraries, or long stay vacations. These vaccinations need to be given at a private/high street travel clinic e.g. Wimborne Travel Clinic/Boots etc. There will be a charge for these. If you would rather have all of your vaccinations done at these clinics, they can also give the vaccines above but they will charge for these.

Click here to view our travel vaccinations / immunisations page.

Flu Vaccinations

An influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for patients over the age of 65 and those patients of any age with heart, lung or kidney disease or diabetes.

Please contact the reception staff at the beginning of September for details of the vaccination date and to make an appointment. If you are unable to attend the surgery, a home visit will be arranged to undertake this facility.


We advise that all children should be completely immunised starting at two months old. We encourage all patients to protect themselves against Tetanus and Polio.


8 Weeks Old Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (whooping cough)/Polio
Haemophilus influenzae type B (HiB) and hepatitis B
Pneumococcal (13 serotypes)
Rotavirus gastroenteritis (oral)
12 Weeks Old Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis/Polio
HiB and Hepatitis B
Rotavirus (oral)
16 Weeks Old Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus/Polio
HiB and Hepatitis B
Pneumococcal (13 serotypes)
One year old (on or after the child's first birthday) HiB and MenC
Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
Eligible paediatric age group Influenza (each year from September)
Three years, 4 months old or soon after Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis/Polio
Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
Boys and Girls aged 12 to 13 years Cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 (and genital warts caused by types 6 and 11)
14 years (school year 9) Diphtheria/Tetanus booster/Polio
Meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y disease


65 years old Pneumococcal (23 serotypes)
65 years of age and older Influenza (each year from September)
70 years old Shingles

Diphtheria and Tetanus injections every 10 years to a maximum of five in total.

If you have never been immunised against Tetanus please arrange a primary course of immunisation with the nurse.

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