Dorset HealthCare awarded Community Services contract

April 10, 2019

An information event held by the CCG on Tuesday 9th April at Woodmead Halls included a short explanatory video covering the changes to both Primary Care / GP and Community Services: click here to watch this.


They also provided a set of Frequently Asked Questions (with their answers!) which you can read here.


Lyme Regis Community Services Press release 


NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is pleased to announce that, from 1 June 2019, Community Health Services in Lyme Regis and Charmouth will be provided by Dorset HealthCare. 

The contract was awarded following a competitive tendering process and will ensure that local people have access to high quality Physiotherapy, Community Rehabilitation, Community Beds and Community Nursing services. 


Steven Tomkins, Medical Director at Dorset Healthcare, said, “We are delighted that we will be providing community services for the people of Lyme Regis and Charmouth, and that the staff currently working in the service will be moving to Dorset HealthCare to work with us, bringing their experience, clinical expertise and well-respected caring ethos with them. This will allow for good continuity of care for patients.” 


Arrangements for Primary Care (GP) services in the area will also be changing but patients will be largely unaffected. The Lyme Regis Medical Centre and Lyme Bay Medical Practice will combine to form a single service led by Dr Forbes Watson. Services will continue to be provided at both premises.


Patients will be able to collect prescriptions and nominate at which hospital they want to access follow up treatment in exactly the same way as they do now. 


Dr Forbes Watson said of the new arrangements, “This is an exciting project for Lyme Regis. I am looking forward to bringing the services from the two practices together. I believe it’s the right thing for Lyme and is consistent with what’s happening in Dorset and the rest of the country, where, in order for practices to deliver all the services that people need, they are working more closely together. I am also looking forward to working more closely with Dorset HealthCare. This will enhance the services that practices offer and it is very likely that together we’ll be able to offer additional services, which has got to be a benefit for local people.” 


Dr Watson and Dr Steven Tomkins wish to thank local people for getting involved with re-designing services and asked that they continue to remain involved in the future. One of the best ways to do this would be to part of the new GP practice Patient Participation  Group.

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