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Important information

Please see below for important information regarding Bute House Surgery and Newland Medical Practice

Patient Communications


Prescribing guidance

Please note that due to guidance from the CCG, all prescriptions are now prescribed in a maximum of 28 days supply. We cannot change this.
If you pay for your prescriptions please consider a pre payment certificate which works out cheaper than paying for 12 items per year (you will have 13 items a year if you are prescribed just 1 medicine)

Changes to Gabapentin and Pregabalin prescriptions

If you are taking either of these two medications please read this leaflet: Please read

Planning a trip abroad?

If you are planning a trip abroad this year and you think you will need vaccinations,  please fill in a travel questionnaire via your SystmOne log in as soon as possible. A Nurse will then call you back.  Some vaccinations need to be administered quite a few weeks in advance so allow yourself enough time to complete your course.

Surgery Closed for Staff Training

The surgery will be closed for Staff Training on the following dates and times in 2018-2019:

27th September 15:30-18:30
23rd October 13:30-14:30
28th November 15:30-18:30
29th January 15:30-18:30
7th March 15:30-18:30

These training sessions are set for the whole of North Dorset. For urgent medical problems that cannot wait until we reopen please contact NHS 111 which is a free to phone number. If it is a life threatening emergency, please dial 999.

We have had a significant number of patients who haven't attended their appointment without cancelling it. PLEASE let us know if you are unable to attend so that we can offer the appointment to someone else.

Sherborne Walking For Health Scheme

Sherborne GP surgeries are looking for volunteers to become trained to lead health walks. No prior experience is required, just lots of enthusiasm!

There is plenty of evidence that shows regular walking helps people to live happier and healthier lives. Walking For Health is a national scheme focused on helping those least active or with a medical need to take regular exercise to get out and get walking with a friendly, local group.

As a volunteer Walk Leader you will share responsibility for organising and providing regular walks linked to a local GP surgery. Walk Leaders receive free training, ongoing support and are covered by public liability insurance.

A one day training course will be held in Sturminster in February.

For further information or to get involved contact Keith Harrison on 07825 691508 or email

Further details about the North Dorset Walking For Health scheme -

PPG Recruitment:

Could you help with health promotion events or in surveying the views of other patients to help us to improve our communication. Our active Patient Participation Group is seeking new member for these and other activities. The group strives to be as representative as possible of all our patients. If you would like to be involved please contact Reception on 01935 810900 or email

Named GP

All of our patients have a 'named GP' responsible for their care.  This is largely a role of oversight, with the NHS requirements being introduced to reassure patients that they have one GP within the practice who is responsible for ensuring that this work is carried out on their behalf. If you would like to know who your named GP is, then please ask at reception.  Patients are still free to choose to see any GP or nurse in the practice in line with current arrangements.

The named GP will not:

  • take on vicarious responsibility for the work of other doctors or health professionals
  • take on 24-hour responsibility for the patient, or have to change their working hours. The requirement does not imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week
  • be the only GP or clinician who will provide care to that patient

Consultation Times

Extended Hours

pencil_on_calendarWe now open between 6.30pm – 7.15pm on 4 evenings per week - Monday to Thursday.  These available appointments must be pre-booked prior to the Extended Hours clinics. These are predominantly to give us extra capacity for patients who need to be seen urgently or to see their preferred doctor. As well as allowing those patients who find it difficult to come to surgery during core hours to pre-book to see a GP.

Nurses appointments - We are able to offer extended hours on a Wednesday evening should you need an appointment with a nurse.

We ask that if you can come to surgery during the ‘Core Hours’ that you continue to do so to allow the Extended Hours to be used by patients who really can’t get to the practice at any other time.

Please note that there will be no telephone calls taken during the Extended Hours and any emergencies will be dealt with as at present by the Out of Hours Service (NHS 111).

Appointment Times

Dr MiddleAM

09:20 - 11:30

 09:20-12:1509:20 - 11:30

09:20 - 11:30

09:20 - 11:30

PM15:00 - 17:1015:00 - 17:30---

16:00 - 18:30

18:30 - 19:15

16:00 - 18:30
Dr LongAM

09:00 - 11:20

08:30 -10:5009:00 - 11:2009:00 - 11:20

08:30 - 10:50

PM15:00 - 17:10---

16:00 - 18:30

18:30 - 19:15

15:00 - 17:1016:00 - 18:30
Dr ThomasAM09:00 - 12:2009:00 - 12:20---08:30 - 11:50---

15:00 - 18:30

18:30 - 19:15

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Dr ChildsAM08:30 - 11:00GP Clinical Commissioning09:00 - 11:3008:30 - 11:0009:00 - 11:30
PM15:00 - 17:30

16:00 - 18:30

18:30 - 19:15

15:00 - 17:00 ---16:00 - 18:30
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