Practice Newsletter's


We are pleased to have created a Facebook page for the Practice.

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April 2022

HELP:  Your Health, Your Community Event 

Wed 4th May 2022 at the Corn Exchange

Three authors and leading figures in health and wellbeing will be coming to a free event at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester to share their experiences and help people think positively about health, wellbeing and wellness.

There will be information stalls from local charities and community organisations. Tickets need to be reserved in advance.

Please click here for futher information.


April 2022

Welcome to Dr Grist

We are pleased to welcome Dr Matthew Grist to the Practice.

Dr Grist will work at Royal Crescent Practice and has taken over the care of Dr Chopra & Dr de Kretser's patients.

March 2022

Dr Chopra & Dr de Kretser have retired

Dr Chopra & Dr de Kretser have been at this practice for many years, working at Royal Crescent Surgery.  They would like to pass on their very best wishes to all of their patients.

We are sad to see them go, but wish them both a long, happy and healthy retirement.

October 2021

'New' First Contact Physio Service

We are pleased to offer appointments at Preston Surgery with our First Contact Physiotherapist. Patients with back and joint pain can book an appointment direct without seeing the doctor first.

The Physio will:

  • Assess you and diagnose what's happening
  • Give expert advice on how best to manage your condition
  • Refer you on to specialist services if necessary

By making it easier for patients to access physiotherapy, patients will have quicker access to diagnosis and treatment helping them to manage their conditions more effectively and recover faster.

Appointments can be booked via reception.

General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)

The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. NHS Digital has developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

The new data collection reduces burden on GP practices, allowing doctors and other staff to focus on patient care.

For further information please click here.

If you would like to Opt-out, please complete an Opt-out form which can be collected from outside the surgery, or click here to complete an Opt-out form and forward this to the surgery.

To provide more time to speak with patients, doctors, health charities and others, the collection of GP data for Planning and Research in England has been deferred.

June 2021

September 2020

Your GP Practice is open - Please click here to view a letter from the Practice to all Patients  


April 2020


We will continue to provide care for all our patients via telephone on 01305 832203. If a patient needs to be seen this will be arranged by your doctor and you may be asked to come to Royal Crescent 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.



January 2020  New GP Partners   

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

Dr Ed Ellis - At Preston Road Surgery

Dr Sharlina Sallehuddin - At Royal Crescent Surgery

November 2019   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:


01 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 required 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 - Offical Launch Friday 22nd June 2018

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 condiditions.

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 Appointments:

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 of primary care appointments.

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

If you would like to be offered one of these appointments, 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.


Preston Road Surgery
Tel: (01305)
102 Preston Road

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