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      Tollerford Practice     
Pound Piece Surgery 
Tunnel Road Surgery
01308 861800


Booking a COVID-19 Vaccination online ( posted on Feb 2, 2021 )

We are beginning to send SMS messages to patients to invite them to book their own COVID-19 vaccination appointment. We will be sending these messages to patients who are in the eligible cohorts and who we have a recorded mobile phone number for.

Click here, to see what these messages will look like.

COLD WEATHER ALERT LEVEL 2 ( posted on Jan 22, 2021 )


The level two warning is issued when there is greater then 60% probability of cold weather (prolonged temperature below 2 degrees) and in this instance overnight frosts and low day time temperatures are expect to affect our area. This warning is in place between 0900 on Thursday 21 Jan and 0900 on Monday 25 Jan. This is not a high impact warning for Dorset but as stated below it could be subject to change.


Covid-19 Vaccination text message ( posted on Jan 12, 2021 )

Please note: We have sent the following message to all of our patients who have given us their mobile number who are aged 16-65:


"Jurassic Coast Healthcare Primary Care Network are currently inviting patients who are eligible under COHORT ONE of the COVID vaccination programme. This includes patients over the age of 80yrs and frontline healthcare staff. Frontline healthcare staff are those who have frequent face-to-face clinical contact with patients and who are directly involved in patient care in either secondary or primary care/community settings. If you believe you fall into this category, please email tollerford.surgery@dorsetgp.nhs.uk from your work email, specifying your role and best contact details. Please also confirm if you would be available to attend a vaccination clinic, at short notice. Appointments are booked centrally. Please do not contact your surgery to request that you be vaccinated as a priority as they will not be able to assist."


We would like to stress to all of our patients that this message was sent by us and is NOT a hoax.


Please DO NOT call the surgery regarding this message as we are already experiencing a high volume of calls.

Flu Update ( posted on Oct 21, 2020 )


We have attempted to contact all patients who are eligible for a flu vaccination.


If you have not been contacted, but would like a flu vaccination, please email the surgery at: tollerford.surgery@dorsetgp.nhs.uk


Please update your mobile or email address at the same time. Please do not phone the surgery as the lines are very busy.


Please note: we are not currently vaccinating patients who are aged 50-64 and not in a risk group until later in the season. Once we have received guidance from NHS England, we will update these patients.


We are currently awaiting dates for further deliveries of flu vaccines and once we have these, more clinics will be arranged and you will be contacted about this once you have let us know you would like a vaccine. The current delivery estimates are mid-November.


Thank you,

The Tollerford Practice


Tollerford & Bridport PPG Meeting ( posted on Sep 23, 2020 )

On the 25th August 2020, the Patient Participation Groups of the Tollerford Practice and the Bridport Medical Centre had a meeting to discuss questions regarding the Tollerford & Bridport merger.



To view the minutes from this meeting, please click here.

Dr Trickey ( posted on Sep 7, 2020 )

We are sad to announce that Dr Trickey will be leaving the Practice at the end of October 2020. Dr Trickey has been a GP here at the Tollerford Practice for over seven years since qualifying and has been a huge asset to the Practice team. We would like you to join us in wishing Dr Trickey all the best for the future. With the support of Bridport Medical Centre we are expanding our team, including GPs, Advanced Care Practitioners and Emergency Care Practitioners to continue to deliver care for our patients.

CERVICAL SCREENING ( posted on Jul 22, 2020 )

Please be aware that we are now taking bookings for Smear Tests. If you have had a delayed/cancelled appointment or a letter inviting you for a Cervical Screening Test, please contact the surgery via eConsult, email: tollerford.surgery@dorsetgp.nhs.uk or via telephone: 01308 861800.

Tollerford & Bridport Merger ( posted on Jul 10, 2020 )

The GP partners of Tollerford Practice (Maiden Newton and Beaminster) and Bridport Medical Centre are pleased to announce plans to merge the practices under one contract early in 2021.


Patients registered with both Tollerford Practice and Bridport Medical Centre do not need to do anything to continue receiving care as normal and no changes are anticipated to the way appointments are made. Any current treatments, medications or investigations will not be affected the plans to merge.


Regular updates will be published on practice websites; emails will also be sent to patients whose email address we already have. If you would like to be included, please ensure you contact your practice and supply them with your current email address.


Click here for more information and FAQs regarding the merger.

Bank Holiday ( posted on Apr 8, 2020 )

To support our colleagues in Out of Hours (OOH) and to cover clinical workload due to the Coronavirus, we are open on both Friday 10th April and Monday 13th April. Please access us in the usual way of online e-consults which can be found via our website. If you are unable to complete an online e-consult, please phone the surgery and our dedicated reception team will be able to help.


Please note: this is an unusual circumstance of opening and our staff are working incredibly hard to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch Volunteers ( posted on Mar 20, 2020 )

If you need any help with:

  • Picking up shopping
  • A friendly phone call
  • Collecting medication
  • Posting mail
  • Dog walking
  • Urgent supplies

We are a group of volunteers from Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch parishes who will try to help anyone who needs assistance whilst they are staying in their homes at this difficult time.


If you need some help, please call:

Jane: 07973 575569

Cherri: 07537 941949

We will then find a volunteer who will be able to help you


Coronavirus is contagious. Please take every precaution to ensure you are staying safe by avoiding any physical contact (no closer than 2 meters), and wash your hands regularly. Volunteers will deliver goods to you, but will not enter your home.

Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) Update ( posted on Jan 20, 2020 )

The Tollerford Practice will be going live with the Electronic Prescription Service Release 4 (EPS4 or EPSr4) on 25/03/2020. This will enable the surgery to provide electronic prescriptions for patient who are not dispensing and do not have a nominated pharmacy. After having an item prescriped, patients will be given a paper EPS token, instead of a paper prescription, which they can take to any pharmacy to have dispensed. The advantages of this include; if the token is lost the prescription can still be retrived by the pharmacy by searching for the patients NHS number, and that all prescriptions not dispensed by the surgery can be sent via EPS enabling a full audit trail.


This will not impact 99% of our patients as they are either dispensed to by us, or already have a nominated pharmacy. 

Nurse Carly Reed ( posted on Jan 20, 2020 )

Carly has almost completed her Advanced Nurse Practitioner course. She is already seeing patients in her new clinics with a GP, but will be fully qualified and independant from July. We are all very proud of her and are excited to have her expanded role at the surgery in the coming months.


What is an Advanced nurse practitioner?


Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP) are Registered Nurses who have completed further training and a higher academic qualification.  This enables them to examine, assess, diagnose, treat, prescribe and make referrals for patients who present with undiagnosed/undifferentiated problems. Advanced practitioners are educated to a master’s level in advanced practice and are assessed as competent in practice, using expert knowledge and skills.

Patient Experience Survey Results ( posted on Aug 13, 2019 )

Every year, the GP Patient Survey takes place. This is an independent survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England. The survey is sent out to over two million people across the UK. The results show how people feel about their GP practice.


We have prepared a summary of the results that shows how our patients scored us compared to both the Dorset CCG average and the national average.


This can be found here


We would like to thank all those who took the time to participate in this survey.


The surgery is in the process of reviewing the results to see how we can improve.

NHS Consultation ( posted on Jul 23, 2019 )

Dorset Community Action are contacting you on behalf of Dorset’s NHS and local councils to give as many people in Dorset the opportunity to have their say on the Long Term Plan to improve health and wellbeing in Dorset.  Please share with your networks, members and contacts, so that they can tell the NHS how important each of the 6 priority areas are to them and what factors need to be considered for each priority.  The survey runs until 18th August, so there isn’t long to have your say!  There is a further explanation below and a link to the survey. 


Your local NHS and councils are planning how to improve health and wellbeing in Dorset. This is being done in line with the NHS ‘Long-term Plan’ and continues from the five-year plans that have shaped services up until now.  This round of planning provides an opportunity to build on the work to date and think of more innovative ways to meet the needs of communities.


It won’t just focus on health services, it will look at a variety of things that affect our health such as stopping smoking and doing more exercise, living in healthy communities and making the most of our natural environment.


You are invited to share your views on the main priority areas for improvement being considered for Dorset.

The 6 priority areas:

  • Individuals
  • Communities
  • Living Well
  • Wellbeing
  • Workforce
  • Digital Innovation

How important is each priority to you and what do you think needs to be considered when thinking of each priority?

Please take part in this survey and share your views.  The closing date of the survey is 18 August 2019.


For more information and to take part visit https://mrgsurvey.bournemouth.ac.uk/surveys/s.asp?k=156293011406  

Dr Rees ( posted on Jul 19, 2019 )

Dr Rees will be going on maternity leave from the 12th of August for 6 months.



We are sure you will join us in congratulating her and wishing her all the best in her role as a mummy.



Good Luck Dr Rees!

Community Transport Scheme ( posted on Jul 16, 2019 )

The Tollerford Practice has recently reviewed the transport issues for patients when accessing the surgery.


We were approached by Dorset Community Transport to see if we would like to take part in a pilot scheme in which we could offer patients a door to door bus service to bring them to the surgery for specific clinics.


To be eligible for this service you must be over 75 and have a chronic disease.


There will be a nominal fee of £3 for a return journey on this service.


If you, or anyone you know, may be interested in this, please contact reception for more information.

Letter From Dr Tingay ( posted on Jul 1, 2019 )

Dear patients


I wanted to write a personal letter to let you know that I will be leaving the Tollerford Practice in October 2019. It has been a hard decision for me as I have worked here since I was a GP Registrar back in 2006 and have had the privilege of looking after many of you as your GP since then over the last 13 years.


I will miss the surgery and would like to say a huge thank you to our fantastic group of committed staff; GPs, Nurses and Health Care Assistants, Managers, Admin Staff, Receptionists and Dispensers, individuals who work very hard and come together as a team to provide the quality of care that I have been proud of.


The Practice will keep you fully informed of plans following my departure but wanted you all to get the information from me personally.


With best wishes


Dr Richard Tingay

Surgery Email Addresses ( posted on Jun 13, 2019 )

Following an I.T. Upgrade the email addresses for Pound Piece and Tunnel Road have changed.


For general enquiries about either site please email:




To contact either dispensary:



Medication Delivery Drivers ( posted on Jun 13, 2019 )

We have a team of volunteer delivery drivers who help our housebound and vunerable patients receive their medication. They collect the dispensed medication from the surgery on a Thursday and take the items to the patients houses.


This is a very important service and we would like to thank all our current volunteers.


As this is such a valued service, we have been receiving more and more requests from patients to have their medication. This is putting more pressure on the current volunteers. If anyone is interested in helping out, on a regular or holiday cover basis, please contact a member of the Management Team for more information.

Louise Larder ( posted on Mar 22, 2019 )

We are very pleased to announce that we have Louise Larder joining our clinical team as a Practice Nurse at the end of March 2019.

Dr Richard Tingay ( posted on Mar 22, 2019 )

As you know Dr Tingay has been on his managerial sabbatical for the past 8 weeks.He has been offered a permanent role working as a Doctor with England Rugby and is keen to pursue this opportunity –he will therefore be stepping back from regular clinical work at the Practice to allow him the chance to undertake this role.

Winter Warmer Event ( posted on Dec 13, 2018 )



Pound Piece Surgery, Maiden Newton 

 Thursday 17th January 2019

1:30 – 3 pm


for advice on keeping warm,

safe and well this winter from

the Dorset Fire & Rescue Service,

Healthy Homes Dorset and more.

Come along for the company, cuppa, thermometer and free pair of slippers.


(Further information available from Age UK & Help & Care.)



If you are interested and/or would like some advice,

 contact Teresa Charles on 01308 861800

Dr Richard Tingay ( posted on Nov 12, 2018 )

Dr Richard Tingay is taking a 3-month sabbatical from clinical duties within the Practice to focus his time on his management role to continue to develop the Practice. This will come into effect from January 2019. We have a new GP starting in January- Dr Elizabeth Jones and we are sure you will join us in welcoming her to our team.

Patient Participation Group ( posted on Nov 8, 2018 )

The Patient Participation Group (PPG) is due to have its next meeting on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 7:30pm at Tunnel Road in Beaminster. 


They are still looking for a chairperson and secetary, if you would like to register your interest for either of these positions or join the PPG, please come along to the meeting.

PPG Book Stalls ( posted on Nov 8, 2018 )

The PPG have set up a book sale for both surgeries. There is a bookshelf in the waiting rooms at both sites. Books are 50p, unless stated in the inside cover, and all money goes to the PPG fund to help provide services and equipment for the practice.


If you have any books you wish to donate, please hand them in to recpetion at either site. Thank you.

Christmas Raffle ( posted on Nov 8, 2018 )

The Tollerford PPG will be organising a raffle for a Christmas Hamper. Tickets will be on sale later in November until the 15th of December.


Tickets can be bought from reception at both sites and prizes wil be on display.


If you would like to, or know anyone who can, contribute anything for the grand prize, please hand donations to reception at either site and mark them "For the attention of Angela Seckington". Thank you.

Meet, Cook & Eat ( posted on Aug 14, 2018 )

Tony Gibbons from the Friendly Food Club has organised, with the help and support from the Patient Participation Group, a number of FREE taster sessions for their Meet, Cook & Eat project.


This is a very simple concept, people who have difficulties getting out and about, cooking meals or fancy learning some new recipes or meeting new people can come along, do some cooking and then eat what they have cooked. Everything is free, transport, ingredients and equipment are all provided. There are even tubs available so you can take some home for later or to share with friends.


If you or anyone you know is interested, they will start running from mid-September in Stratton, Maiden Newton and Cattistock.


For more information please see the leaflet or conact Tony Gibbons on 01308 868700 or at tony.gibbons01@sky.com

Chair Based Exercises ( posted on Jul 12, 2018 )

If you have difficulty standing or walking, it needn't mean exercise is out of the question.


We all know that being physically active is good for us, but not everyone can take part in activities like walking, cycling or aerobics classes. If that’s the case for you, but you want to keep active, then chair-based exercise could be just what you’re looking for.

You can use these exercises if you have trouble getting up and about, or even if you just want a change of activity on days you can’t get outdoors.


The Tollerford Patient Participation Group have teamed up with Sally Cunningham to offer chair based exercises at Webbers Piece in Maiden Newton. There is a free taster session on Wednesday 1st August 2018, in Webbers Piece Community Room starting at 2pm. 


To register your interest


Phone Sally Cunningham 01300 341092

Or email: tc.cunningham@btinternet.com 

Walking for Health ( posted on Jul 12, 2018 )

The Tollerford Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG) has set up a Walking for Health group at the Practices in Maiden Newton and Beaminster.


The NHS says of WfH - Walking is 'underated as a form of exercise, but walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active.  Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.'


From February 2018 there is a weekly walk from each surgery (Maiden Newton on Tuesday and Beaminster on Wednesday).  Once a month the walk leaves from Cattistock Tea Rooms and Beaminster Museum).   There will be a choice of differing routes within each walk depending on attendees ability and weather conditions. The walk routes will be gentle and last less than an hour and the surgery has agreed to provide refreshments at the end of each walk.  Refreshments are also available from the Tea Rooms and from Beaminster Museum. 


For more information please visit The Tollerford walking group page on the Walking for Health website 

Updated Privacy Policy ( posted on Jul 12, 2018 )

Please view the updated policy here


Following the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that came into effect on 25th May 2018 we have updated our privacy policy to reflect changes in legislation and it can be viewed on our website or there is a hard copy at reception.


The GDPR is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.

It has been written to reflect the increasing digital world and will allow people to take greater control of their data.


This HAS NOT changed the way in which we hold, process and protect your personal data.

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