Important notice about blood tests
Due to international shortages of blood bottles, NHS England have advised to suspend non essential blood tests.
Our clinicians and their teams are working with our colleagues in Dorset to be more efficient ensuring we don't waste any bottles and tests are not duplicated. Our team is working hard on developing a safe system for patients and we do appreciate your patience whilst we develop the process.
We would like to reassure our patients that this disruption will not affect any essential blood tests and tests that have been delayed will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
We will continue to provide updates and would like to thank you for your patience and your support.
To all our Patients
We are aware of the planned move to lifting the remaining Covid restrictions in England from the 19th of July.
Medical settings are a higher risk environment and will need to be subject to more control measures than other public facilities.
We are acting very cautiously and are maintaining:
- Social distancing
- Face coverings
- PPE for healthcare staff
The delta variant is more transmissible and patients may come to the surgery when they are contagious.
It is our duty to do all we can to keep both our patients and our staff safe whilst we deliver our care.
James Fisher Medical Practice
Dear James Fisher Community
The way that you can access services is changing from 1st June 2021.
The James Fisher Medical Centre has kept its doors open with patients seen face to face every working day of the pandemic. In addition, we have worked weekends and Bank Holidays to provide the Covid Vaccination Clinics. Your messages of support have meant a great deal to morale in every corner of the Practice during a time of constant adaptation.
Our planned changes are based on recommendations from our advisory bodies, alongside our desire to provide a safe service, which is sustainable for all our staff, and which can be fairly accessed by all. We will retain any precautions that we deem necessary to protect our more vulnerable patients for as long as is needed.
The System From June 1st 2021:
- ROUTINE TELEPHONE appointments can be booked with the GP of your choice
- Face-to-face appointments with a GP or other suitably qualified professional might be arranged following a phone contact with a GP and will be prioritised on clinical need.
- SAME DAY problems that GENUINELY CANNOT WAIT will be managed by an emergency doctor and should be called in between 8am and 11am
- E-consult will be accessible during reasonable hours and will result in brief advice only. In fairness to all patients it should not be used as a shortcut into the appointment system.
We ask that you carefully consider whether your problem warrants discussion with a GP and in what timescale. GP contacts are up 25% on figures 2 years ago and the promised extra GP numbers to meet demand have not materialised, meaning that our service is more stretched than ever.
Please consider other avenues to seek help alongside our own, including the NHS website, local pharmacies and MSK Dorset. Whilst many problems can be self-limiting we actively encourage your contact if symptoms are of significant concern.
Many thanks for helping us to provide a safe and sustainable primary care service.
All adult patients and children age 11 and over visiting the Surgery will be asked to wear face masks or face coverings, this can be a scarf or bandana - see link below.
PLEASE ALLOW 2 WORKING DAYS FOR BOTH REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS & MEDICAL CERTIFICATES AND REMEMBER TO TAKE WEEKENDS AND BANK HOLIDAYS INTO ACCOUNT.
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All patients at this practice are allocated a named GP (this is your registered GP). Should you wish to know who this is please ask the receptionist or clinician at your next visit. You are still able/welcome to book appointments with the GP of your choice but your registered GP is responsible for your overall care.
There is suitable access for disabled persons and a reserved parking place. If you require assistance, please ring the bell or ask at reception. There is a washroom for disabled persons in the surgery; please ask at reception for details. The surgery is served by Yellow Bus route number 4.
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Quality Report 2016
Our practice is inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to ensure we are meeting essential standards of quality and safety.
(Site updated 20/09/2021)