The Patient Participation Group sent the following information in its Members Newsletter. PPG Contact details – Email –, or ask at the Surgeries to get future newsletters. These are very informative and really useful.

“Diabetes Support A new on-line support group for those living with diabetes and who have been diagnosed in the past two years has just been set up. There will be 6 fortnightly sessions of one hour which will include information on different aspects of living with and managing diabetes. There will be an opportunity to share experiences and discuss issues of interest or concern. The group will be facilitated by two Diabetes UK Volunteers, Jude Barton, Health Champion with the Practice and Dr Nick Jackman who lives in Dorset and is a retired GP Diabetes Lead. The sessions will be on Zoom and there will be opportunities for ongoing peer support following the first 6 meetings. Please contact Jude on for further information or to confirm attendance. The group will be limited to 8 participants and help will be available to anyone unfamiliar with Zoom.”

“Carers’ Clinic The Practice has resumed their monthly Carers’ Clinic at Sturminster Medical Centre and intend to hold an equivalent clinic at Abbey View Surgery in the New Year. Each clinic provides six one hour appointments split into two, a general health check provided by one of the Nursing Team (Carers often neglect their own health due to prioritising the health needs of the person they are caring for) and a half hour chat with Carers’ Lead, Claire Lockett to offer useful information about relevant support, local organisations and services. The Practice makes annual phone calls to those on the Carers’ Register in their birthday month to check that they are managing. Carers’ Clinic appointments will be offered where it is considered appropriate, however, if a Carer feels they need an appointment they can contact the Practice and our Carers’ Lead will respond. By promoting the Carers Clinic, it’s hoped to raise awareness and to offer an appointment to anyone who provides any amount of care and support not already on the Carers Register. PPG and Health Champion volunteers are supporting the Carers’ Clinic to welcome those attending and if required, sitting with the cared-for person whilst the Carer attends their appointment.”

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