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Welcome to The Birchwood Medical Centre

We aim to offer a friendly, efficient, modern, family doctor service in fully-equipped, well-run practices. Dr David Goodworth, Dr Christopher Cole, Dr Ben Wallace and Dr Helen Platts work in partnership, alongside Dr Laura Carey, Dr Emily Harvey and Dr Stephanie Dalton, who cover both the Creekmoor and Oakdale surgeries.

With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.


OAKDALE SURGERY - CLOSURE

We are closely monitoring Government Advice regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak in the UK. Based on this advice we have decided to temporarily close our OAKDALE SURGERY from Monday 23rd March 2020. You are still able to book appointments and order medication, however this will be managed by our Creekmoor Surgery. If you already have a pre-booked appointment at Oakdale the surgery will contact you individually. For any queries contact the Creekmoor Surgery on 01202 697639 or visit our website www.birchwoodpractice.co,uk

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE FOR PATIENTS  

Coronavirus Advice

If you have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough you should self isolate for 7 days. Do not attempt to come to the surgery, go to a pharmacy or a hospital. There is no need to ring 111 to tell them you have self isolated. If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse or you do not get better after 7 days you should use the 111 on line Coronavirus service www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19/

ON-LINE APPOINTMENTS 

Please be advised this service has been temporarily removed until further notice. If you wish to make an appointment, please either use our on line Econsult service or telephone the surgery

EMERGENCY APPOINTMENTS

All emergency appointments will need to be triaged by a doctor before an appointment is made to come into the surgery.


PLEASE DO NOT USE THE ECONSULT SERVICE FOR REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS; PLEASE EMAIL SURGERY INSTEAD:  birchwood.reception@dorsetgp.nhs.uk

E-Consult - Email Your GP Instead of Visiting the Surgery:

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Becky Sultana is our Social Prescriber.

 

What is social prescribing?

 

Social prescribing is all about connecting people with non-medical activities, opportunities, support and services in the community to help improve your health and wellbeing.

 

What can Becky help with?

 Getting involved in local groups, social activities and support groups

  • Accessing befriending services
  • Support around housing, benefits and financial matters
  • Helping with accessing transport options
  • Finding out about volunteering opportunities

 

With one to one help, she will enable you to access to a range of non-medical local activities, social groups, services and advice based on needs and interests.

 

Whatever is important to you, she will support you to find the help that works for you.

 

How can this improve my health?

 

Research shows that by being more active and connected improves your mental health and wellbeing:

 

 What does a Social Prescriber do?

 

A Social Prescriber is:

Someone you can talk to confidentially

  • Practical, supportive and non-judgemental
  • Able to help you make decisions with what is important to you
  • Someone who can support you throughout the journey  

 

Who can Becky support?

 

Anyone over the age of 13 including:

 

  • People with depression or low mood
  • High levels of anxiety
  • Low in confidence or self-esteem
  • Long term conditions
  • Socially isolated – having little or no support
  • Are our of work or unable to work owing to sickness
  • Are recently bereaved
  • Are a carer or ex-carer
  • Single parents
  • Fear the outside
  • Have few or no hobbies or interests

 

Where to find Becky

 

Becky works from the Birchwood practice on Tuesdays

 

How to get an appointment

 

If you think that you or someone you know would benefit from Becky’s support please speak contact your surgery about being referred. Becky will telephone you first to arrange an appointment that is convenient for you.


REMOVAL OF FAX MACHINES IN OUR SURGERY

Fax Removal

Please click on below link for more information:

Removal of Fax Machines


 Advice for parents, young people and pregnant women

Healthier Together is an excellent local website that offers relevant and accessible advice for parents, young people and pregnant women. It supplies brilliant information on a wide range of common medical and mental health conditions.

If you are looking for advice, this is an excellent place to start. Please click on the image below to access the website and take a look.      


Electronic Repeat Dispensing:

Our Practice is collaborating with NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) who is providing NHS numbers for those patients that maybe suitable for electronic repeat dispensing prescriptions. The information is obtained from NHS Prescriptions submitted to the NHSBSA. A member of our clinical team will contact these patients soon to explain the benefits of this service.

We are working to improve access to appointments for our patients, in particular at evenings and weekends.  If you would like to be offered one of these appointments, please ask.  These appointments may be at a different site; for example, Poole General Hospital.

Online Access


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Park Run

For more information please click on the Park Run link below:

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/



CQC Care Quality Commission

The Birchwood Practice are very pleased to inform our patients that we have received an overall rating of GOOD from our recent CQC Inspection.  Please click on the link below to view the full report.

Click Here For CQC Inspection Report of 25.10.16


Get Well, Keep Well

Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.


Join In

We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a repeat prescription. Whatever your thoughts, be
sure to let us know via our feedback function. Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you.


 

 

 

 

 

(Site updated 03/04/2020)
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