Antenatal/Postnatal - Our Midwife holds a clinic on Tuesday afternoon by appointment.
Child Immunisation - Our Practice Nurses hold Childhood Immunisation clinics on Monday afternoons between 2.00 and 3.00pm. Appointments are sent directly from the Child Health Department in Dorchester; however, it is possible to ring the surgery for an appointment.
The practice provides complete medical care including:
- Asthma Management
- Cervical Smears
- Chiropody this service has recently moved to the Yeatman (Download More Information (.pdf))
- Diabetic Care
- Dietary Advice
- Full Maternity Medical Services
- Health Promotion Screening
- Minor Surgery
- Travel Advice including Yellow Fever
- Well Man/ Well Woman Checks
We encourage all asthmatic patients to have a full review annually to review their symptoms, self-management and treatment.
Cervical Smear Test
Current national guidelines invite all women to attend for a regular cervical smear test. These guidelines now invite women from 24 – 50 years for 3-yearly testing and those over 50 years for 5-yearly testing. You may request to see your GP or Practice Nurses, Melanie Brown or Rosie Stynes.
The practice offers contraception services from routine contraceptive pill prescriptions to emergency contraception. Advice on safer sex and confidentiality of pregnancy can be given.
All diabetic patients are regularly monitored and invited to come for a full annual review yearly and a short interim review at six months. Care is sometimes shared with the local hospital, clinic or the Community Diabetic Nurse Specialist. Chiropody and dietary appointments can be arranged at the practice. Our Practice Nurse, Jo Ralph, will also give advice on diet and medication. Please call the surgery to speak to her for advice.
Health Promotion Screening
All the practice team are committed to providing Health Promotion Screening to patients. Please ask to speak to the Practice Nurses who will provide advice on the most appropriate screening for you.
If you have not seen a doctor within the past three years you are invited to have a health check at the surgery.
All GPs undertake minor surgical procedure here at the practice such as skin biopsies and removal of minor skin lesions. Appointments may be made by arrangement with your individual GP.
New Patient Checks
If you are new to the surgery please book an appointment with the Practice Nurse or your GP for a New Patient Check. During this appointment we will discuss your current health concerns and arrange for any ongoing medication to be continued. Please then book the check with your GP.
The Apples Medical Centre – Named GP
All patients of The Apples Medical Centre are allocated a named accountable GP who is responsible for their overall care. New patients will be advised who their named accountable GP is when they first register at the practice.
Patients are able to contact the practice if they wish to know who this is, and if they have a preference to which GP that is, the practice where possible will make reasonable efforts to accommodate this request.
What does 'accountable' mean?
The named accountable GP is responsible for the co-ordination of all appropriate services required under the contract and ensure they are delivered to each of their patients where required (based on the clinical judgement of the named accountable GP).
Overall responsibility for patient care has not changed. This role is largely a role of oversight, with patients having one GP within the practice who is responsible for ensuring that this work is carried out on their behalf.