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The Doctor will Zoom you now!

Healthwatch Dorset are doing a piece of research to find out about patients experiences of online consultations within primary care and would like to hear your views and experiences, especially carers in their project on online consultations. They are working on a national engagement project with Healthwatch England and Traverse – Please click here for more information.

June 17


Active in Mind Weymouth Group is taking place online via Zoom every other Wednesday at 3pm with Yoga and Pilates on alternative weeks.  The sessions last for 30-35 minutes.


What the Yoga session involves: 

Yoga is generally considered to be a safe, effective form of exercise and the decision to take part in this activity is based on your own judgement. This session is an accessible yoga practice, suitable for everyone including complete beginners and anyone with physical challenges.  Sarah will guide us through a series of seated and standing yoga postures designed to energise our body and calm our mind.

Restorative Pilates with Sammie Mcfarland from The Breathing Space

Join Sammie for a gentle & mindful Restorative Pilates session that will tease out your body & quieten your mind. This session focuses on the breath, gentle stretching and mobility. The body has a way of letting us know what It needs, let’s take a moment to listen. 

No experience, fitness, or level of flexibility necessary.

Please click here for further information and how to join in.

June 15



We will continue to provide care for all our patients via telephone on 01305 774466. If a patient needs to be seen this will be arranged by your doctor and you may be asked to come tothe surgery.

Thank you for all your social distancing efforts. This is so important in halting the spread of the pandemic and allowing our NHS services to cope. In order to comply with this, we are open for booked appointments only. All requests for appointments, visits or procedures will be triaged by a GP or Nurse. Please only come to the surgery if you are invited to do so.

We request all patients who would like an appointment use eConsult in the first instance. This will be checked by one of our doctors within 48 hours and replies will come directly back to you.

If this is not possible please telephone the surgery and request to book a telephone appointment with your doctor. Your doctor will call you back and consider whether you need to be seen – and if so, will book you an appointment directly. Please ensure that you look out for call backs, the incoming number may be a withheld number. We will endeavour to call you back as near to the appointment time as possible.

Online access: Online access will enable you to order prescriptions directly with the practice and is a more efficient way of requesting medication - please register for this if not already by contacting the surgery via telephone or email.

Email Requests: You may also request repeat medications via email, or post your request in the outside letterbox which will be checked daily.

Contact details: Please ensure we have an up to date telephone number and/or email address for you, should we need to contact you.

Please be aware that our team are working extremely hard in exceptionally difficult circumstances to ensure we can provide a safe service for you. 


11 March 2020

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in Royal Crescent and Preston Road Practice in the last financial year was 70,432 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 2 full time GPs and 13 part time GPs and 1 locum who worked in the practice for more than six months.

Jan 2020  New GP Partners

We are very pleased to welcome two new GP Partners to the Practice.

Dr Sharlina Sallehuddin - at Royal Crescent Surgery

Dr Ed Ellis - at Preston Road Surgery

Jan 2020  Dr Jitan back from Maternity leave

Dr Jitan is now back from maternity leave and thanks Dr Sallehudin and Dr Clayton for looking after her patients in her absence.

Jan 2020  Dr Chopra and Dr de-Kretser back from Sabbatical Leave

Dr Chopra and Dr de-Kretser are now back from their sabbatical and thank Dr Clayton for looking after their patients during this time.

Nov 2019 Royal Crescent & Preston Practice - A Parkrun Practice

The Royal Crescent & Preston Road Practice are proud to announce that we are now a Parkrun associated surgery!

Parkrun is a free timed 5k run held every Saturday at 9am at hundreds of locations across the UK. You can walk or run the 5k course at your own speed.

Come along and join staff members each Saturday at Weymouth Parkrun (DT4 7SX)   We meet at 8.30am by the barrier between the college carpark and Lodmoor carpark.   Our bright orange t-shirts will make us easy to spot!

Why take part? Improve health& fitness - Be part of a community - Improve confidence - Develop new skills.

Don't fancy 5k? How about coming along to support or even volunteer to help at the event.

What to bring?
Yourself!, Friends, Family, colleagues, well behaved dogs on short leads. Suitable clothing and footwear.

Printed barcode - To receive a time for the run you must have registered on the parkrun website in advance and have a printed barcode to take with you to be scanned at the finish line. 

Register with Parkrun for a barcode,or for more information please visit:

Sept 2019 Dr Chopra & Dr de-Kretser on Sabbatical Leave

Dr Chopra and Dr de-Kretser have taken Sabbatical leave and will return in January 2020.  Dr Stephen Clayton will be looking after their patients during this time.  If you wish to see a female GP, please inform the  receptionist when booking an appointment.wwh

28 Aug 2019  Preston Surgery Closed Due to Flood

Our branch surgery Preston Road Surgery has suffered a major flood. All  Preston patients will be seen at Royal Crescent Surgery where possible.

We have been advised that repair works to Preston Surgery, including  time for the Surgery to dry out could take up until the end of September.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your co-operation during this time.

Patients are asked for their help during this time, and to consider other forms of help available before contacting the surgery for an appointment, such as calling 111 or visiting

Patients can also request a Telephone consultation with their GP or complete an E-Consultation to receive help and advice from their GP electronically.

June 2019   Weymouth Leg Clubs

Weymouth GP practices are collaborating to run Leg Clubs accross several different locations accross Weymouth. It is hoped most people with leg ulcers will atend these clubs rather than their usual GP surgery or ulcer clinic.

Leg Clubs are a research-based initiative providing treatment, health promotion, education and ongoing care for people who are experiencing leg related problems such as ulcers. They are held in non-clinical locations, staffed by local practice nurses and supported by volunteers. People who attend become 'club members' rather than patients. No appointments are required, and members can drop in for a cup of tea or coffee whilst awaiting treatment and chat to friends and peers.  

The leg clubs are part of the Lyndsey Leg Club  Foundation Charity which is an evidenced based initiative providing community-based treatment. 

The clubs are open between 9.30-12.00 at the following locations:

  • Monday - St Francis Church, Merridin Close. DT3 6SJ

  • Tuesday - Westham Methodist Church, 103 Newstead Road DT4 0AR

  • Wednesday - Willow Bed Hall, Putton Lane, Chickerell DT3 4AJ

  • Thursday - The Springfield Centre/Reynolds Club, 536 Dorchester Road. DT3 5BY

  • Friday- Wyke Regis Community Centre, 7 Ryemead Lane. DT4 9NS

20 March 2019

All GP practices are rquired to declare the mean earnings (eg average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in the Royal Crescent and Preston Road Practice in the last financial year was 73,395 before Tax and National Insurance. this is for 3 full time GPs and 12 part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.

Optum International  (UK) - January 2019

We are working with Optum International (UK) to conduct a one-off piece of analytics work to support the care and treatment of the population registered with GPs in Dorset.

A small number of analytics specialists from Optum in the UK team, all of whom are based in the UK, will have access to pseudonymised data. This means that Optum will not be able to identify any individual and the data they receive will ensure anonymity. Optum has a long track record of working with and within the NHS are fully compliant with all necessary data protection laws. 

Once the work with Optum is complete, they will delete the data from their systems. Patients who have chosen not to share their data will be excluded from the extract at source and their data will not be extracted from the GP system.

In addition, Weymouth & Portland GPs are working with Optum, who will spend time observing and evaluating how the practice functions to quantify potential areas of improvement for both clinical and back office service delivery. Optum are the preferred development partner with NHS England and, as with all our team, have suitable governance in accordance with all applicable laws, privacy notices and in accordance with all contracts.

Walk For You  - Official Launch Friday 22nd June

Walking for Health is England's largest network of health walk schemes, run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. They offer free walks and make sure no one gets left behind. The walks are open to everyone on a drop in basis but are especially aimed at those who are least active, with lower physical ability or long term conditions.

Pop along to the offical launch on Friday 22nd June, or find out more by visiting the Walking For Health Website.

Healthy Living Event - 19/05/2018

Feedback from a recent patient survey found that patients expressed a need for more information on local healthy living services. You told us there are many services available but are often unsure how to access these services or which service does what.

With the help of our Patient Participation Group we are pleased to announce a Healthy Living Event.

Healthy Living Event
Saturday 19th May 
Park Community Centre, Chelmsford Street, Weymouth
11am - 3pm

Come along and find out more about your local services in a fun and interactive way. 

Stands to include: 

Diabetes UK      Dietician advice     My Health My Way,               Live Well Dorset      Healthwatch Dorset     Age UK     Smoke Stop Services     Stroke Support     Steps to Wellbeing     Dorset Fire & Rescue      Walkers and Talkers Health Walking Group     FREE RAFFLE     and food and cooking demonstrations from the Friendly Food Club.

Dorset CCG are supporting our Healthy Living Event, please click here to view Dorset CCG news.

10 March 2018

Improved Access to General Practice Service (IAGPS)                            Extended Access Apppointments:

The Clinical Commissioning Group have been working to improve access to appointments for patients, in particular at evenings and weekends.

The new IAGPS has been rolled out in Weymouth and will be based at Weymouth Community Hospital. It will be staffed by local GPs, nurse practitioners, practice nurses and health care assistants, providing a mixture or primary care appointments.

The aim of the service is to provide extra primary care apointments, for the locality, outside core hours, i.e. some weekday evenings and weekends.

If you would like to be offered one of these apointments, please ask at the surgery.

1 January 2018

Staff News - Sandra Maddison

Following the retirement of Kate Meacham the partners are pleased to announce Sandra Maddison as the Practice Manager from January 2018.

Sandra joined the Practice in 2007 as Surgery Manager at Preston Road Surgery after a 20 year career in corporate banking. In the last few years Sandra has also taken on the role of Practice Business Manager.  She is very much looking forward to the role of Practice Manager and working with the partners to continue to develop high quality person centred services for patients.

31 December 2017

Staff News - Kate Meacham

Kate Meacham will be retiring from her post as Practice Manager at the end of December. 

Kate Meacham took over from Mary Cleverton in 1999 and has since worked alongside the partners to develop high quality responsive and caring services for patients. She has also taken an active role in the Weymouth and Portland Locality to promote collaborative working with other GP practiaces on many projects including integrated health and social care, suport for carers and poromoting early help in the community. We wish Kate a very happy retirement.

1 November 2017 

Staff News - Tracy Sheppard 

The Partners are pleased to welcome Tracy Sheppard as Assistant Practice Manager to the team.

Tracy was born and bred in North Wales, where she spent 14 years working in general practice before moving to Dorset in 2000. Tracy continued working in the NHS both in acute and community care in various specialities including Audiology, ENT, Surgery, Orthopaedics and Occupational Health. Tracy is very happy to be back in general practice and is looking forward to working with the team.

4 April 2017

CQC Final Inspection Report

Royal Crescent and Preston Road Practice is delighted with the rating of “Outstanding” awarded by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  The Inspection Team assesses healthcare providers against a set of quality indicators - safety, effectiveness, caring, responsiveness and well-led, and how services are delivered to six population groups.

The Practice is well-organised, strategic, inclusive and friendly. There is a culture of openness and honesty alongside continuous improvement. We provide training, education, learning, mentoring and pastoral support. We have an excellent reputation and are committed to providing strategic support in the locality and across Dorset.

We believe that personal care is at the heart of family general practice.  Our patients tell us that the continuity of care and a relationship with their own GP is really important; the practice was above average for its satisfaction scores on consultations with GPs and Nurses and we are very proud of this achievement.

CQC received consistently positive feedback from patients. We welcome all comments from our patients and use these to develop the service we provide. Our thanks go to the members of the Patient Participation Group who work closely with us on this.

The CQC highlights the following work as Outstanding – development of services for the homeless and vulnerable, the visiting team of practitioners who proactively manage the over-75 population within care homes and the patients’ own homes and the Community Angels who provide befriending, transport and support to patients.

CQC recognised that our staff are motivated and inspired to offer kind and compassionate care. We wish to thank all these highly skilled, motivated, committed and caring staff - clinical, managerial and administrative, who work so hard on a daily basis to provide the highest standards of care to our patients, and are thrilled this has been recognised by a national organisation.

To read a copy of the report please click here.

1 February 2017

Would you like to join our new Patient Participation Group (PPG)?

Visit our our PPG  page for further details.

The first PPG meeting will be held on Wednesday 12th April at 11:00am. Please inform reception if you would like to attend.


Royal Crescent Surgery
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25 Crescent Street

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