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Cervical Smear Tests

We recommend that cervical smears are done every three years between the ages of 25 and 49 years and every five years between the ages of 50-64. If you think your appointment is overdue, please check with the practice. When making the appointment please tell the receptionist that you are booking in for a smear.

Family Planning (Contraception)

During surgery hours, the practice offers a full range of contraceptive services provided by the doctors and a family planning nurse.

IUCD (coil) fitting is by prior arrangement after discussion with the doctor or our nurse practitioner.

Maternity - Self Referral

If you are six weeks pregnant or more, please refer yourself to the midwives via the online self referral form (click here) or phone the self-referral line on 01202 442310.

To book your maternity care at Poole Hospital, you can phone between 9.30am and 4.30pm from Monday to Friday. Outside of these times you can leave a message with your contact details and we will call you back the next working day.

When you call the self-referral line we will ask you some questions about yourself, your family and your medical background. Please be prepared to answer these questions fully so that we can make sure you get the best possible care.

A midwife will then call you within a week to arrange a booking appointment.

The telephone number shown above is for maternity referrals only. For any other queries regarding your maternity care, please contact your community midwife or call 01202 442515.


We are committed to promoting health and a healthy lifestyle for our patients. If you require information, advice or a referral to help you stop smoking, increase physical activity, lose weight or manage stress, please see a member of our medical team.


A physiotherapy clinic is held in the surgery for four days per week. You will need to be seen by a doctor first so that they can refer you to our physiotherapist.

Child Health Surveillance

Children from birth to five years are regularly examined to assess their growth and development. The practice provides this service with the assessments being made by our GPs and health visitor.

Minor Surgery

Certain minor surgical procedures, such as joint injections, cautery, aspirations and cryotherapy, can be performed by the doctors on the premises. This may be more convenient for you and may save considerable time waiting for hospital treatment.

Travel Vaccinations/Immunisations

If you’re travelling, you can sometimes be hit with nasty health-related surprises abroad, from diarrhoea to hepatitis, malaria or even rabies. Whether you’ve considered your health risks or not, the reality is that some countries carry a higher risk of certain infectious disease. So please don’t be caught out on your trip! is a website full of health related information for anyone planning a trip abroad. Find out about some of the travel related infectious diseases and advice you’ll need to help avoid them. There is also a handy travellers’ checklist. If you need any vaccinations relating to foreign travel please complete a travel form, which is available on our website or at our reception, and remember to put a contact telephone number on so that our Practice Nurse can contact you to make an appointment if necessary.

It is important to complete this form as early as possible; at least 8 weeks before you travel, so that any necessary appointments can be made in plenty of time. As you will be aware, GP surgeries are working under increasing pressure, and have to prioritise the NHS services they can provide. We have previously offered a full travel service including private vaccinations until recently, but sadly we are no longer able to continue with this private service. The following vaccinations are commonly required for many holiday destinations, and are still available free of charge on the NHS for us to give you subject to need and availability; Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio (combined), Hepatitis A, Typhoid.

Other vaccinations may be necessary for more exotic or unusual destinations, complex travel itineraries, or long stay vacations. These vaccinations need to be given at a private/high street travel clinic e.g. Wimborne Travel Clinic/Boots etc. There will be a charge for these. If you would rather have all of your vaccinations done at these clinics, they an also give the vaccines above but they will charge for these.

Click here to view our travel vaccinations / immunisations page.

Flu Vaccinations

An influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for patients over the age of 65 and those patients of any age with heart, lung or kidney disease or diabetes.

Please contact the reception staff at the beginning of September for details of the vaccination date and to make an appointment. If you are unable to attend the surgery, a home visit will be arranged to undertake this facility.


We advise that all children should be completely immunised starting at two months old. We encourage all patients to protect themselves against Tetanus and Polio.


2 months Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus/Hib/Inactivated Polio, Pneumococcal Infection
Rotavirus (oral)
3 months Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus/Hib/Inactivated Polio
Men C
Rotavirus (oral)
4 months Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus/Hib/Inactivated Polio
Pneumococcal Infection
12 - 13 months Hib Men C/Pneumococcal Infection
Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
3 years Pre-school Diphtheria/Tetanus booster/Acellular Pertussis/Inactivated Polio
4 months + Hib, Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
15 years Diphtheria/Tetanus booster/Inactivated Polio
Men C


Diphtheria and Tetanus injections every 10 years to a maximum of five in total.

If you have never been immunised against Tetanus please arrange a primary course of immunisation with the nurse.

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