Bulford – Doctors

By SPP Reporter

You should register with a doctor as soon after arrival as possible

Avon Valley Practice, 77 Bulford Road, Durrington Tel: 01980 652378

Barcroft Practice, Barcroft Medical Centre, Amesbury Tel: 01980 623983

The Health Centre at Bulford

The Health Centre at Bulford looks after Service Personnel and their Families in the Bulford area. It is staffed by a mixture of military and civilian administrative staff, nurses, doctors and medics. The practice is also involved in training qualified doctors (Registrars) to become General Practitioners.

The families of Service personnel who live within two miles of the practice may register. This includes husbands, wives and children (under the age of 18 years) who are normally resident with the Serviceman/woman, but does not extend to visiting relatives.

Visitors and friends visiting Service personnel should contact one of the two practices in Amesbury or those in Durrington, under Temporary Resident arrangements.

Although the Ministry of Defence funds the practice, the care we provide is fully integrated into the local National Health Service and the practice has close links with other civilian practices through the local Primary Care group. Local NHS trusts, like SDH in Salisbury provides a significant amount of the care needed by our patients. Some military patients, however, may be referred to Ministry of Defence Hospital Units (MDHUs).

Telephone NumbersCivilian Line:Military

Families01980 6722042204

Service Personnel01980 672262

HQ 3 Sig Regt2102

Minor Units2262

Practice Manager2463

Practice Nurses2204

How to make an Appointment

Our receptionists are at the surgery to assist you between 0800-1630hrs Monday to Thursday and 0800-1600 hrs on Friday. The practice is closed between 1230-1330 hrs daily, except for emergencies.

Appointments can be made either in person at the reception desk or by telephone.

You will normally be offered a non-urgent appointment with an appropriate qualified member of the clinical team within one working day. If you request an appointment with a named doctor or nurse you will normally be seen within 7 working days.

The receptionist or medic will be able to tell you when the next available appointment is. You may consult the doctor of your choice, although it must be remembered that we are a Group Practice and you might be offered an appointment with an alternative doctor if the one of your choice is unavailable.

Where possible an appointment will be offered with an appropriately qualified member of the clinical team within one working day. If you feel you have an urgent problem a same day appointment may be possible with the Duty Doctor; alternatively you can make an urgent appointment with one of the practice nurses. An appointment with the doctor or nurse is for one patient only.

Each appointment is allocated 15 minutes, so if you require longer or you wish more than one family member to be seen please inform the receptionist at the time of booking.

If you cannot attend a booked appointment we would be grateful if you could inform us at the earliest opportunity, so the appointment can be made available to another patient.

The Doctors

Because this is a Post Graduate Training Practice there is a frequent turnover of doctors. Most doctors hope to stay for at least 18 months, but can be away for periods of time on military commitments. We try to maintain as much continuity of care as possible within the exigencies of Army life.

The Nurses

The practice nurses are here during surgery hours and are available for advice and a variety of services and minor treatments including:

• Asthma Clinic

• Well Woman Clinic

• Well Man Clinic

• Weight Management Clinic

• Smoking Cessation Clinic

• Taking bloods – If your doctor has requested bloods to be taken from you by the nursing staff, please ensure you see the nurse before 1200 hrs.

If you wish to discuss something with the Nursing Staff please ring 01980 672204 to make an appointment.

Practice Manager

The Practice Manager can give advice on any aspects of the practice. Contact 01980 672463.

How to contact a doctor when the Health Centre is closed

There is a surgery for urgent cases at the Queen Elizabeth Memorial Health Centre, St Michael’s Avenue, Tidworth SP9 7EA at the following times: Monday-Thursday 1630-1830 hrs Friday 1600-1830 hrs Please phone QEMHC on 94342 2285 (Civ: 01980 650285) before attending, for an appointment.

Night Hours/Weekends and Holidays

Mon-Fri 1830-0800 hrs and all day Saturday, Sunday & Public holidays, please telephone South Wiltshire out of hours service 0300 111 5717.

In Life Threatening Emergencies telephone 999 for a civilian ambulance.

Home Visits

If you want to see a doctor, and are too ill to get yourself to the practice, please telephone before 1000 hrs and we will arrange for the Duty Doctor to discuss the best course of action.

Antenatal/Postnatal Care

Antenatal and postnatal care is provided on Bulford Camp by a team of midwives working with the doctors. The Antenatal Clinic is held within the Health House at the Haig Centre. The timings are:

Tuesday afternoon 1330-1600 hrs

Friday morning 0900-1230 hrs

Appointments to attend these clinics can be made through the Group Practice. Postnatal care is provided by the midwives in your home during the 28-day period following discharge from hospital, after the birth.

In all aspects of midwifery the midwives work in conjunction with the Group Practice – Bulford Camp, the Obstetric Unit at Salisbury District Hospital and the Health Visitors Service.

If you need to contact a midwife please contact Ambulance Control on 01722 425178

Child Health Clinic

For healthy under-5s. This clinic is under construction at the Health Centre.

Family Planning

Confidential and comprehensive advice is avilable from the Doctors or Nursing Staff during normal surgery times.

Health Visitors

Health Visitors are avilable for advice by telephoning 01980 633331 between 0900-1000 hrs Monday to Friday or at the Child Health Clinic on a Tuesday morning.

Alternatively you can leave a message on their answer phone.

Child Immunisation Clinics

This clinic is held on Thursday mornings at the Health Centre but appointments are arranged by child health department and sent out by post.

Repeat Prescriptions

If you require long term medication your Doctor may give you a Repeat Prescription Form which you can use to obtain further supplies of your medication without seeing the Doctor, provided it is within the review date period. The form should be handed to the Dispenser at least 48 hrs before you require the medication showing which medication you require.

Medical Examinations

Specialist Medical examinations can be arranged for HGV, Pre-employment and school. Please contact the receptionist for an appointment.

Health Promotion

Advice on all aspects of health promotion can be obtained from the Doctors, Nursing Staff and Health Visitors. The Group Practice has health promotion notice boards, leaflets and booklets, so if you want information on a topic...

Please ask the Nursing Staff!

Other Useful Telephone Numbers

NHS Helpline 111


(24 hours a day for free expert health advice and reassurance).

Salisbury District Hospital 01722 336262

Family Planning Clinic, Salisbury 01722 425120

Genito-Urinary Clinic, Salisbury 01722 410069

Well Woman Clinic, Salisbury 01722 326966

Military Dental Centre, Bulford 01980 672231

Avon Valley Practice, 77 Bulford Road, Durrington 01980 652378

Barcroft Practice, Barcroft Medical Centre, Amesbury 01980 623983

The Health Centre, Bulford 01980 672204, Bulford Mil Ext: 2204

Cross Plain Surgery, 84 Bulford Road, Durrington SP4 8DH 01980 652221

Shrewton Surgery, Maddington Street, Shrewton 01980 620803

St Melor House Practice, St Melor House, Amesbury 01980 622474

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