"Staff are always polite and helpful, nurses are very caring and doctors are fantastic."
"Always so efficient and helpful."
The doctors and staff at The Canford Heath Group Practice in Poole are proud to offer the highest standard of innovative, but patient-centred healthcare from our modern spacious building. Our friendly multi-disciplinary team members are always happy to help you.
We hope you will find everything you need to know about the practice through this website as well as a host of other health related information. Please do have a look around.
Shortage of Blood Bottles
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
Those patients who current have blood tests booked can still attend their appointment at the moment, but if things change we will be in touch.
Flu Clinics this Year
We would like to update our eligible patients about arrangements for the forthcoming Winter Flu Clinics.
Our Flu Clinics will most likely be held in September and as usual will be walk in on a Saturday morning. However we are at the whim of the vaccine delivery which, in the past, has been fraught with changes and supply issues.
Last year, with social distancing in place, we were able to safely deliver our vaccines to our patients at the surgery and this is the model we will be doing again this year.
We can confirm that Flu vaccines and Covid boosters will NOT be administered at the same time. This decision has been made as NHS England have yet to confirm whether the co-administration of both vaccines can reasonably be delivered within General Practice.
Our priority therefore is to not delay our Flu Programme and proceed with this for our patients as soon as possible.
Please be assured, if you are eligible for a Flu vaccine, the practice will contact you very shortly.
Once we have an update on the Covid booster programme, again, all eligible patients will be contacted and advised accordingly where these will be available from.
We would like to remind all of our patients how important it is to receive these vaccines to ensure you are protected and stay well so please do attend for your vaccination at the surgery when you're invited.
Please don't contact the surgery about your vaccine as at the moment dates and eligible patients have not been finalised.
Mental Health Resources for Adults or Young People
We have compiled an excellent Mental Health resource for those who need additional support. Please click on the buttons to the right to view details of local support available to you.
Additionally A new campaign to help staff and patients with mental health has been launched by NHS England. The ‘Every Mind Matters’ campaign includes a website full of expert advice and practical tips. It includes a free online tool for users to create an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
Domestic Abuse Help
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Armed Forces Veteran Friendly
We are proud to have become an Armed Forced Veteran Friendly practice. If you served in the Armed Forces, if even for one day, there is a whole host of additional NHS services available to you, so please do let us know so that we may send you the information.
Please click on the link to the right for more information about services you can access.
Your Mobile Number
The practice will routinely ask you for your mobile phone number (which we shall never divulge to an outside agency without your express permission.) Please do make sure your mobile number is updated. We use this to communicate with you in person and by text message. Examples of why we need your mobile number include:
- Texting you confirmation of appointments
- Testing you if appointments have to be cancelled.
- Sending you messages because blood tests are due.
- Texting you important information about your care at the practice.
If you wish to opt our of receiving text messages please ask the receptionist to leave a message with the Practice Manager.
Type 2 Opt Outs
Type 2 objections instructed NHS Digital not to share a patients confidential information for purposes beyond their individual care. It was recorded in the GP practice record using the following code 9Nu4.
The national data opt-out allowes patients to choose to stop their confidential patient information from being used for purposes beyond their individual care. The opt out has been applied by NHS Digital since 25 May 2018 and by 2020 all health and care organisation must apply national data opt-outs in line with the policy.
Patient who wishes to opt-out from 11th of October 2018 will have to to go the "Your NHS Data Matters" website www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters where they can find out more about data sharing and set a national data opt-out.
In order for the GPs and Nurse Practitioners at the practice to effectively plan their day and rounds, we ask that requests for home visits are made before 10.30am. Your usual GP, if they are working, will visit you if the request is made before 10.30. Visits after this may be dealt with by a GP you do not know. We respectfully remind patients that home visits are for the housebound.
On line services
There are many ways to contact the surgery to book or cancel appointments and order prescriptions. One of these ways is by registering for our online service especially as we now no longer accept requests for prescriptions by telephone.
You can however order prescriptions at Chgp.email@example.com
If you would like to sign up for online services, please email Chgp.firstname.lastname@example.org
We are proud to be a teaching practice, training the next generation of GPs. You may be offered an appointment with our Registrar who is a fully qualified doctor, but one who is now training to be a GP. Our Registrar can call on their mentor (one of the GPs at the practice) at any time should they need to. Their clinical work is also strictly monitored by their GP trainer/mentor. For the purposes of teaching it may be necessary for your record to be reviewed by the Registrar and the teacher/mentor after your appointment or during one of the Registrar's one-to-one teaching sessions with their GP trainer/mentor. Please be aware that access to your records is strictly controlled and in line with our confidentiality policy.
(Site updated 18/10/2021)