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Pound Piece Surgery
Reception: 01308 861800
Tunnel Road Surgery
Reception: 01308 861800

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.

OUR NEW NUMBER ( posted on Apr 6, 2016 )



We have changed our telephone number to:


01308 861800


The telephone number is the same for Pound Piece Surgery, Maiden Newton and for Tunnel Road Surgery, Beaminster.


By dialling 01308 861800 your call will be answered by a member of the reception team as before  who will be able answer any query or request including:


  • Booking or cancelling your appointment
  • Transferring your call to any member of staff at either surgery


For a period of time we will keep the previous numbers in use and we will update you when they can no longer be used.


We have produced a handy fridge magnate, which displays our new number.  These are available from reception at both surgeries.



Please note that our FAX NUMBERS have not changed. 


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