Mere SurgeryDark Lane, MereWarminsterWiltshire, BA12 6DTTel: 01747 860001
“The calling to speak to a doctor is extremely efficient. There is nothing I would change.” (May 2019)
"I think the care and treatment at Mere Surgery is exemplary: empathic, tailored, wise and kind. We are exceedingly lucky to have such great people here" (May 2019)
“Having the physio available in the surgery is wonderful”
“The staff are friendly and helpful. I can think of no improvements at present. Thank you all for your care, consideration and treating me as an intelligent human being” (May 2019)
“I strongly feel that the care my family and I receive from the Mere Practice is excellent and that everyone in the practice has that “can do” attitude that makes it work so well”
“I feel totally at ease with the care, advice and help provided by the practice”
As well as wound and dressing management, the nurses manage much of the chronic disease follow up including diabetic, healthy heart, asthma and hypertension clinics. They also offer NHS health checks, smoke stop clinics, vaccinations and travel advise. Blood tests can be done by the phlebotomists.
Smoke Stop Clinic supports the cessation of smoking with nicotine replacement and general support. If interested please fill in a form in the forms section of this website.
Immunisations. The current schedule can be found at http://www.immunisation.co.uk/. We support the national policy of childhood vaccinations as we believe the benefits far outweigh any risks. You will be sent a reminder to make an appointment when it becomes due. Everyone should have a tetanus booster every 10 years, unless a total of 5 vaccinations have been given, which gives life-time protection
Flu vaccinations. These are available from October each year, we give priority to those over 65 years old or with longstanding diseases such as diabetes, bronchitis, heart disease and asthma. Pneumococcal vaccination is offered on a 5 yearly bases to the same categories of patients.
Before travelling abroad we encourage you to find out what vaccinations and malaria cover you may need http://www.nathnac.org/travel has most information you may need. Please fill in the travel form (see forms section) and make an appointment with the nurse 2 months before you plan on travelling to discuss medication and holiday immunisations.
All doctors are available to advise on the complete range of family planning. Dr Andrews can perform coil fittings and Implanon insertion. 6 monthly pill checks may be performed alternately with the practice nurse and doctor. Confidential contraceptive advice is available for all age groups. For emergency contraception please contact the surgery as soon as possible.
Women between the ages of 25 – 64 should have these done routinely. These can be carried out by the nurses and the current recall schedule is shown below:- First call – Age 25; 25 – 49 - Screened every three years; 50 – 64 - Screened every five years; 65+ - only screen those who have not been screened since age 50 or have had recent abnormal tests. Women aged 65 or over who have had 3 consecutive negative smears are taken out of the recall programme.
All doctors perform small minor surgical procedures, including skin excisions, cryotherapy and joint injections.
We are privileged to host other services at the surgery preventing unnecessary visits to Salisbury or Shaftesbury outpatient departments. These include:
Specimens leave for Salisbury Hospital at midday each day, please ensure that urine samples and stools samples arrive in time. Sample pots are always available at the front desk.
Please phone for results for any laboratory test after 11.00am.
Most blood test results return within a couple of days although many take considerably longer.
Urine results take 3 days to return and stool results take 5 days.
X-ray results are available after 10 days.
Cervical smears can take 6 weeks for the result.
The receptionists are not trained to interpret results but will pass on information authorised by the doctor, this may involve requests for further discussion on the phone or at an appointment.
Please make it your responsibility to ensure you know the results of any investigations that you have had.
If you have been asked by your GP to complete a Prostate Symptom form please click on the link below, complete the form and return to reception at the surgery.
International prostate symptom score
Mere Surgery is registered as a Training Practice for doctors. This means that there will be occasions when doctors in training or newly qualified doctors may be sitting in on your consultation or running their own clinics.
We will keep patients informed by putting a poster in the waiting room should this be the case and the doctors will inform you before the start of the consultation.
Introducing the PRIMARY CARE NETWORK
The NHS is 70 years old. Since it was formed the population in the UK has grown dramatically and we are living longer, often with complex conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma and dementia or other mental health issues. So, it’s more important than ever that we offer effective health care to the entire population.
From 1 July, Mere Surgery will become part of the Sarum West Primary Care Network (PCN). PCNs are being introduced to provide more integrated care to patients across the country. GP surgeries will share our expertise and resources over a wider geographical area. We will work with each other, social services, pharmacists, physiotherapists, hospitals, mental health professionals and voluntary organisations to deliver an ever better, joined-up service to patients.
Sarum West will be one of many Primary Care Networks across the country, each of which will typically have a population of 30,000-50,000 patients.
What does this mean for you?
What are we doing now?
Mere Surgery is currently part of Sarum West locality, which involves us working together with our fellow GP surgeries. Our key focus has always been Putting Patients First, and the formation of Primary Care Networks will build on what we have already been doing through our locality work.
In Sarum West locality we already have a project underway which is helping to prepare us move to PCN status. This is what we are doing:
As you can see, introduction of the Primary Care Network will reflect how we have been working for some time in Sarum West. The full list of surgeries in our locality, which will form this PCN, is:
Dedication to a high standard of patient care has always been at the heart of what we do and, by working in a network with other surgeries and healthcare professionals, our practice will become stronger and allow us to give you a comprehensive set of services and support your self-care.
This change will underpin Putting Patients First, as the focus of the Primary Care Network will be person-centred, rather than disease centred.
The world has changed in the last 70 years, and we are also changing to ensure that we can continue to provide you with a high level of service, and that all our patients get the right access to care for their needs.
If you have any questions about theses changes please speak to your GP.
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