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 The Old Dispensary  NHS Practice Website





Dear Patient


We are all excited to hear about the progress of the rolling out of the Covid vaccine and look forward to this improving the quality of life for all of us. We know that you, like us, are struggling with the confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe.


We aim to keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:

The new guidance from the JCVI on the period between doses also means that we will be to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives.

The large increase in Covid cases hospitals are seeing and the emergence of a new variant of the virus also shows that we cannot let our guard down now and even those who have received a vaccine still need to follow social distancing guidance.


Please do not contact the surgery or the hospital to seek a vaccine, we will contact you in the order that the NHS has instructed us to, you may receive an invite from us via phone or text message. All appointments booked via the surgery will be at St Leonard's Hospital, Ringwood Road, BH24 2RR. You may also receive a letter directly from the NHS which will allow you to book your vaccination at one of the local vaccination centres i.e. BIC, Bournemouth. 

Patients will be invited for their vaccine in the following order as advised by the JCVI:

1- Residents in a care home for older adults Staff working in care homes for older adults

2- All those 80 years of age and over AND Frontline Health and social care workers Health and Social Worker Employer Form 

3- All those 75 years of age and over  

4- All those 70 years of age and over AND clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)

All patients registered at The Old Dispensary in the above groups 1-4 should either have had their first dose of the vaccine or have an appointment to receive their first dose of the vaccine. If you are in groups 1-4 and you have not had a vaccine please do one of the following to book your appointment: Phone 119 or Click or Contact us on 01202 880786

5- All those 65 years of age and over - if you have not been contacted by us please visit to book your vaccination or follow the instructions in the letter if you have received one.

6- Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at risk group - currently being invited by us via text or phone to book an appointment at St Leonard's Hospital

7- All those 60 years of age and over

8- All those 55 years of age and over

9-All those 50 years of age and over


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     If you have any coronavirus symptoms Get a test and stay at home

Please follow lockdown rules. 1 in 3 people with covid-19 don’t have symptoms and could pass it on without knowing. Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives. Thanks.


Thank you for your patience

Flu Vaccine

24/11/2020 - Further to the Government's announcement that the flu vaccine will be available for all 50-64 year olds we would ask that all registered patients aged between 50 and 64  who would like to have the free flu vaccine please contact one of the local pharmacies as we have now exhausted our supplies at the surgery - many thanks.


All GP surgeries have been advised to move towards a telephone based service and to reduce face to face contact in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus in the community but we are OPEN and our GPs and nurses are here as usual.  

During these unprecedented times our absolute aim here at the surgery is to keep our patients and our staff safe.  We have adapted to a new way of working in order to achieve this. We are now becoming busier and we thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time.  If you can't get through on the phone at first we ask that you wait 10 minutes and try again. We are seeing patients with pre-booked appointments but ask that you do not come to the surgery if you do not have an appointment. Due to social distancing measures we are unable to have as many staff in the building as we would usually have.

For now the front door to the surgery remains closed as we need to limit the amount of people in the building.  There is an intercom system to the left of the front door and the receptionist can be contacted via this system.

If you have an appointment to see the nurse you will be asked to go to the back door where there is direct access to hand sanitiser and the nurse's room, we ask that you wear a face covering please.  The nurse will be wearing PPE. We have had a small shelter built at the rear of the building.

If you have an appointment with the GP you will be able to enter via the front door, you will need to wear a face covering and use the provided hand sanitiser.  We have spaced out our appointments so no more than one person should be waiting at any time. You will be able to sit and wait directly outside the GPs room. We have had all our seating recovered in a wipe clean fabric and these are constantly cleaned throughout the day.  The GPs clean all seating and door handles between patients.  We ask all patients to respect the 2 meter social distancing rules.  

The surgery is thoroughly cleaned every night and throughout the day.

The Old Dispensary Covid-19 Fogging Certificate

We are happy to take ALL repeat medication requests over the phone during this time but please do NOT order your medication early.  

The Government's official coronavirus website 

We are now asking ALL patients attending the surgery for any reason to cover their nose and mouth with a scarf or equivalent.

How to wear and make a cloth face covering 


To Register at The Old Dispensary

If you live within our catchment area and wish to register please click on the 'New Patients' link on the top of the page to register online or phone us on 01202 880786.

Parking and Access

Parking is either at the far end of the Allenview public car park in Wimborne or short stay parking of one hour is directly outside the premises at 32 East Borough, Wimborne.

Wheelchair access is via the surgery rear door or via a ramp through the front door. Please let reception know if you require assistance via our intercom system to the left of the front door. 

When we are closed

The surgery is open between 8:00am and 6:30pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).  For any medical queries that cannot wait until the surgery is open please dial NHS 111 this is a free service from both landlines and mobiles (although if you call from a pay-as-you-go mobile you will need at least 1p credit).

Please click for information regarding MINOR INJURY UNITS AND A&E

Online Patient Access

You will need to register for this service which enables you to Book Appointments online, order Repeat Prescriptions (your medication list will be pre-filled) and view your records - please sign up here Patient Access 

Shingles Vaccine: Please click on the link to see if you are eligible for a free Shingles Vaccine Shingles Vaccine Eligibility

Pneumococcal Vaccine: Please click on the link to see if you are eligible for a free Pneumococcal Vaccine Pneumococcal Vaccine Eligibilty 

Carers Support Dorset


Discover the resources that are available to you in your caring role Carers Support Dorset

Access Mental Health

If you are struggling to cope or feel yourself nearing a breakdown

Access Mental Health can provide help Access Mental Health Website




Everything you need to know about Cervical Screening

Bowel Screening

Dorset Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

If you would like more information regarding the free Dorset Bowel Cancer Screening Programme for patients aged 55 and over please click here 

Self-Referral to Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists have skill in the assessment and treatment of injuries and conditions that affect muscles, joints and soft tissues such as low back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, recent injuries or joint and muscular pain.

If you are suffering with a similar condition, and would like to see a physiotherapist for an assessment please complete

Wimborne Hospital NHS Physiotherapy Self Referral Form

You must be registered with The Old Dispensary

You must be 16 or over

This service is NOT available for neurological, gynaecological or respiratory condition. Your GP or nurse practitioner will refer you with a letter in their usual way.

Treatment after a recent operation: Please ask your consultant to refer to Wimborne Physiotherapy 

If you have any concerns you can always be referred to physiotherapy in the usual way with a letter from your GP, Consultant or Nurse

Live Well Dorset

Would you like to Get Active.....Lose Weight.......Stop Smoking.......Drink Less?

Click on the link for more information: Live Well Dorset 

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We are due to change computer systems at the beginning of May 2021 to SystmOne:

You can find out more about SystmOne on the TPP Website here:



Send us your comments or suggestions

We are always happy to receive patient comments and suggestions to try to improve the services that we provide.  Please only use this form for comments about the practice and suggestions as to how we can improve our service to you. Medical matters and official complaints cannot be dealt with via this form. If you have a query regarding a medical matter please telephone reception to make an appointment to see the appropriate person. 


How are we doing? Would you recommend our surgery?  

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(Site updated 25/02/2021)
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