Blood Donor sessions

You can make an initial check to find out whether your health allows you to donate blood by calling 0300 123 23 23 or on the Blood Transfusion website The website also explains what to expect at a donation session and how blood is used. You can book an appointment as well, which minimises your waiting time at the session.

DORCHESTER sessions are held at the United Church Hall, South Street (near Goulds household store).

The next sessions are from 12.45 to 15.30 and 16.30 to 19.45 on Thursday 13th, 27 July & 17th, 31st August.

The blood donation website also has links to websites giving information about registering as a potential donor of tissues such as skin, bone and bone marrow.

Healthwatch Dorset

The Healthwatch Dorset Champion News January 2015 (3) is available via this link

Also attached is a free training opportunity - all expenses paid - for patients and service users, which will help you to improve services; understand the way the NHS works; how they choose and buy services and how you can get involved to make a difference to the way services look in the future. Please contact them direct to book a place on any or all of the workshops.

Thanks for reading.

Chris Wakefield, Volunteer Officer

Freepost RTJR-RHUJ-XBLH, Healthwatch Dorset, 896 Christchurch Road, BOURNEMOUTH, BH7 6DL

Tel: 0300 111 0102. Email:

Website:, Tweet @HwatchDorset

Cerne Abbas Surgery

51 Long St, Cerne Abbas. DT2 7JG

01300 341666

Full details of the Practice are on our website

In case of urgency when the Surgery is closed, please ring the new NHS Urgent Care Advice number : 111

Life Threatening Emergencies - call for an ambulance on: 999

There are more details and newsletters on the Cerne Abbas Surgery page.

Puddletown Surgery

Athelhampton Road, Puddletown. DT2 8FY

01305 848333

Full details of the Practice are on our website:

Opening times and Doctors Rota are here: Surgery Hours


In case of emergency, ring the Surgery first before attending.

Ring the Surgery 01305 848333 at all times, out of hours your call will be automatially diverted.

If, for any reason, you find you are unable to get through to the practice out of hours and need to call the Urgent Care Service directly, ring the new NHS contact number : 111

Life Threatening Emergencies - call for an ambulance on: 999

There are more details and newsletters on the Puddletown Surgery page.

Support And Information For Older People

If you are over 50 there is a free resource you can call on to help you find out what you need to know about services and activities that are important to you in your community. It is called POPP (Partnership for Older People Programme). POPP is funded by DCC and NHS Dorset to improve the quality of life for older people by ensuring that opportunities are put in place locally to promote health and wellbeing, independence , preventative services and activities . Locally there are two people you can contact: Ellis Ford - who is what is termed a POPP Wayfinder and Julian English - a POPP Champion.

Ellis will provide one-to-one support and signposting and can visit people in their own homes. He has a wealth of information and relevant contacts at his fingertips and if he doesn't know the answer to any question immediately he will find out.

Julian challenges the way that the statutory bodies deliver services to older people, so if you have any concerns you should raise them with him. Julian will also support groups to fund new activities and initiatives that help older people remain active, healthy and involved with their local community. In Cerne POPP has seed funded the Giant Social and the Community Defibrillator.

Contact: Ellis Ford - 07825 264346 -

Contact: Julian English - 07825 206050 -

For more information about POPP across Dorset: