Register as New Patient
The easiest way to register with this practice is via the online links below.
If you are unable to register online, please come into the surgery and ask for a registration form. We will need to know your previous address and personal details together with the name and address of your previous doctor.
We strongly encourage a New Patient check with our HCA on completion of the form.
We comply with the NHS (Caldicott) guidelines in respect of confidentiality. Please keep us informed of any changes in your personal details i.e. telephone number, mobile number and address.
Join our Patient Participation Group
The Lyme Bay Medical Practice is committed to ensuring that patients are involved in decisions about the range and quality of services provided by our practice. We routinely ask for and act on the views of our registered patients. This includes involving our patients in decisions that lead to changes to the services we provide, either directly or in our capacity as gatekeeper to other services.
We engage patients through the use of Patient Participation Groups (PPG) and seek views from wider groups of practice patients through regular local practice surveys. The outcomes of the engagement and the views of our patients are routinely published on this website.
To find out more then please click here or If you are interested in becoming a member of our Patient Participation Group and helping to shape the nature of health services provided in your local community please complete the online form via 'Do It Online' section on this website
Obtain a Fitness for Work Note
The DWP has issued strict guidelines for doctors to follow when issuing Fitness for Work notes (formerly known as ‘sick notes’).
If the illness is:
Less than 3 days: your employer should not require a Fitness for Work note
Between 3 and 7 days: you should hand your employer a “self certificate” (SC1). You do not need to see the doctor for this
More than 7 days: You will need a Fitness for Work note and must see the doctor to get one. It is only at 7 days that you need a doctors’ note. If you require a note covering illness when you saw a different doctor (e.g. casualty) the doctor at the surgery must be in receipt of written evidence that you saw another doctor.
Fitness for Work notes needed before 7 days illness will incur a charge that should be borne by your employer.
Please visit the Department for Work and Pensions website for more information.
Temporary Patient Registrations
If you are ill while away from home or if you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one you can receive emergency treatment from the local GP practice for 14 days. After 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or permanent patient.
You can be registered as a temporary patient for up to three months. This will allow you to be on the local practice list and still remain a patient of your permanent GP. After three months you will have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with that practice.
To register as a temporary patient simply contact the local practice you wish to use. Practices do not have to accept you as a temporary patient although they do have an obligation to offer emergency treatment. You cannot register as a temporary patient at a practice in the town or area where you are already registered.
These fact sheets have been written to explain the role of UK health services, the National Health Service (NHS), to newly-arrived individuals seeking asylum. They cover issues such as the role of GPs, their function as gatekeepers to the health services, how to register and how to access emergency services.
Special care has been taken to ensure that information is given in clear language, and the content and style has been tested with user groups.
Open the leaflets in one of the following languages:
Both our Practices offer the following facilities:
Location - The practice is easy to find close to the town centre and is on all main bus routes with bus stops right outside the surgery at both sites.
Parking - Parking on the site
Access for Wheelchair users - The surgery provides access for visitors and patients with disabilities. If you have any particular concerns about access please discuss them with reception prior to your visit.
Access Without Steps - Available.
Changes to the GP contract mean that all patients in England, including children, will benefit from having a named, accountable doctor who will be responsible for coordinating their care. By the end of March 2016 the practice is required to assign all our patients a “Named GP”. Everyone will be allocated Dr Watson as their named GP for this practice.
At Lyme Bay medical practice, all our patients have always had a named GP who is in overall charge of their care. Although this is a new requirement across the country, we always felt there is a benefit for both you and us to have an on-going and personal relationship within which we provide your care.
You can still have appointments with any of our clinicians not just your Named GP.
Patients aged 75 and over
In addition for patients aged 75 and over the named accountable GP will also:
- Work with relevant associated health and social care professionals to deliver a multi-disciplinary care package that meets the needs of the patient
- Ensure these patients have access to a health check
Dorset & Wiltshire AAA Screening Programme
The Dorset and Wiltshire National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme invites all men registered with a GP for a screening in the year they turn 65. Men over 65 who have not previously been screened or treated for an AAA can request screening.
The Process will:
- Identify aneurysms that need monitoring
- Discover aneurysms that could rupture, enabling treatment to be offered
- Reassure men who don't have an aneurysm.
- An ultrasound scan of the abdomen is used to detect AAAs. The scan is carried out by a screener who is specially trained to work within the NHS AAA Screening Programme. The scan itself is quick, painless and non-invasive and the results are provided straight away.
There are three possible results from the scan:
- Normal A normal result means that the aorta is not enlarged (there is no aneurysm). Most men have a normal result. No treatment or monitoring is needed afterwards. We will not invite you for AAA screening again.
- Small aneurysm found If we find a small aneurysm this means that the aorta is a little wider than normal. We invite men with a small aneurysm back for regular scans to check whether the aorta is getting bigger.
- Large aneurysm found If we find a large aneurysm this means that the aorta is much wider than normal. Only about 1 in 100 men who are screened have a large aneurysm. We give men with a large aneurysm an appointment with a specialist team to have more scans and to talk about possible treatment, usually an operation.
Telephone: 01722 336262 Ext 2640 or 2539