We try to keep our GP appointments for patients with more serious health problems.
When you book an appointment our receptionists will help you decide who is the right person for you to see. You may be offered an appointment sooner with a healthcare professional rather than waiting to see your GP.
Please find more information about the different options available to help you with your health on this page:
If you have a cough, cold, headache or other minor ailment try treating yourself at home first. Find out more about treatments for common minor ailments.
Please remember that self-care for common conditions can help free up our GPs’ time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.
Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals and can give you confidential health advice for a range of common illnesses and complaints.
Don’t wait for a GP appointment for coughs, colds, aches and pains. Just call your local pharmacy a call or drop in – there’s no need to make an appointment.
Your pharmacists can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor or nurse.
Social Prescribers assist your GP practice team to connect people with appropriate support for non clinical needs such as:
- Loneliness and Isolation
- Housing, Financial Issues and Benefits
- Staying Fit, Active and Socially Connected
- Living Well with a Health Condition
- Carers and Support for Carers
- Health Wellbeing and Coaching
You can speak to a social prescriber to discuss your needs and they will help you. You can be referred to a social prescriber by a Doctor or Nurse, or you can request help from a social prescriber yourself by speaking to member of staff at the health centre and requesting that a social prescriber gets in touch with you.
The local social prescribing service works for all the GP Practices in the Sherborne area and a social prescriber is usually based at Yetminster Health Centre on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.
Mental Health Practitioners
Our local wellbeing team have two mental health practitioners who visit Yetminster Health Centre every week. Please speak to a healthcare professional if you feel that you might benefit from a consultation, and they will refer you.
111 is the free NHS non-emergency number.
You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.
Call 111 if:
- you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
- you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
- you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
- you need health information or reassurance about what to do next
A&E is for life-threatening accidents and emergencies only. Before you go there, ask yourself, “Is it a real emergency?”
If not, please consider using other local health services before you visit A&E.