Spring Newsletter 2024


Weymouth Bay Medical Practice

We are pleased to announce preparations for the merger between 

Dorchester Road Surgery and Royal Crescent & Preston Road Practice are progressing well.

The Practice will be called Weymouth Bay Medical Practice, combining Royal Crescent Surgery, Preston Road Surgery and Dorchester Road Surgery, who will retain their individual surgery names.
Contracts will merge in April and the clinical systems will merge in May. Patients will continue to see their usual GP at their usual surgery.

Joining forces offers many benefits to patients and practices alike. As a bigger organisation we will be able to offer the combined skills within our GP and nursing teams to the patients of both practices. We also hope to be more attractive to recruiting new clinicians, making us more sustainable. 


Diary Dates

  • Fri 29th March Closed for Good Friday
  • Mon 1st April Closed for the Bank Holiday
  • Wed 1st May Closed from 2pm 
  • Mon 6th May Closed for the Bank Holiday
  • Mon 27th May Closed for the Bank Holiday
  • Tue 11th June Closed from 3pm

Enhanced Access Appointments

We are now able to offer MORE APPOINTMENTS within the Weymouth & Portland locality.

Giving you more access to a clinician at a time that suits you!

More availability for same day appointments for ailments such as chest infections, sore throats with Doctors, Nurses, and Health Professionals

Clinics for vaccinations, cervical smears, general nursing, dressings, and physiotherapist appointments.

Enhanced access appointments are available at:

  • The Bridges Surgery
  • Crossroad Surgery 
  • Wyke Surgery 
  • Lanehouse Surgery
  • Easton Surgery

Appointments are available on Saturdays at the Weymouth Urgent Treatment Centre for patients who need regular dressings.

You will need to take your own dressings with you.


Are you planning Foreign Travel?

If so, please contact the surgery to book your individual telephone travel health risk assessment. Following the risk assessment, if vaccinations are advised, you will then be booked to be seen at the surgery. 

Some travel plans may involve complex risks, the assessment is not just about vaccinations. Patients’ needs range from not needing any vaccinations to needing many. 
We are only able to provide those free on the NHS. You may be advised to attend a private travel clinic for some vaccines, and some vaccines require several doses which is why ample time is required.  

NHS vaccinations available free from the practice include Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Cholera. 

Some examples of vaccinations that are not offered free and require a visit to a private travel health service include: Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, Tick Born Encephalitis and Yellow fever, there are others.

Please ensure you book your Travel Risk Assessment in plenty of time before you travel, ideally at least 6 to 8 weeks before 

Are you interested in finding out how your GP practice works and about the health services it delivers?  
Why not join our Patient Participation Group?
The PPG meet every three months, and information of interest is shared via email to its members.
If you would like to be part of the PPG, or would like further information, please ask at reception.


Face Family Advice: Online Parenting Classes

Parents - Are you feeling that no-one is listening? Are you stuck on a waiting list needing some support? 

Raising children is probably the most challenging thing we will ever do. You are probably already doing lots of great parenting but sometimes we need extra ideas and techniques, especially as the kids turn into teenagers.

Would you like some support with issues such as Anxiety, ADHD, Anger, Talking to Teens, Drug Awareness?

There are FREE Wednesday night sessions only available to parents living in Weymouth & Portland, Dorset UK.

The service is supported by Two Harbours Health Care Network.

Visit the Face Family Advice website for further information and to book your space.

With Topic’s such as:

  • Understanding Addictive Behaviour 
  • Understanding the Teenage Brain
  • Supporting a Child with ADHD
  • Autism – Improving Communication 
  • Understanding Anger – Yours or theirs, what is anger and how to respond to it.
  • Cannabis Awareness – Get the facts to be able to hold the conversation.

Pharmacy First England

Did you know you can now receive treatment from your local pharmacy for the following conditions without the need to visit your GP?

  • Sore throat
  • Sinusitis
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Ear Infection
  • Impetigo
  • Shingles
  • Urinary tract infections (women)

The Pharmacist will take into account your medical history and any medications you might currently be taking and then recommend the most suitable treatment for you depending on your symptoms.

This can vary from self-care advice and managing your symptoms with over-the-counter medicines, to prescription treatments or antibiotics


National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).

Over the coming weeks and months, you may receive a text message from us about taking part in a research study. This is because our practice is taking steps to get more involved in research, by teaming up with the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). 

These texts will direct you to your nearest research hub where the study will take place with in-person appointments. 

We believe this is good news for our patients. Many people who get involved in studies say they feel they’re “giving back” to a healthcare system which has helped them over the years. Patients also tell us they like having their health monitored during trials and enjoy the time they spend with the research doctors, nurses and clinical trials assistants. 

Every medical breakthrough starts with research - and we can all play a part in this, whether we are generally healthy, or have specific conditions and illnesses. Research is open to people of all ages. 

The first study will be research into Covid-19 vaccines, and recruitment is likely to start in May of this year. This study enables researchers to create the best vaccines to tackle the latest variants. If you meet the study criteria, this is one way to help protect yourself against the virus. 

We hope you will consider taking part


Medicine Waste UK – Only order what you need Campaign.

Wasted or unused medicine is a serious and growing problem within the NHS that you can help tackle.

It is estimated that as much as

£300million is wasted every year on unused or partially used medication.

  • Even if you never open them, once you leave a pharmacy your medicines cannot be recycled or used by anyone else. This means that any you return are destroyed.
  • You should never dispose of any unwanted medicine down the toilet.
  • Please let your GP or Pharmacist know if you’ve stopped taking any of your medicines.
  • Check what medicines you still have at home before re-ordering.
  • Think carefully before ticking all the boxes on your repeat prescription forms and only tick those you really need.
  • Don’t stockpile medication – it is a safety risk for children and others who might take them.

Further information is available on the Medicine Waste website

Published: Mar 26, 2024