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Swanage Medical Practice

Swanage Medical Practice is the main doctor’s surgery for the town of Swanage and its surrounding area.

Providing a range of GP services and healthcare clinics, with a core team of both male and female doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants, all aspects of general practice is covered at this health centre, which is rated Good by the CQC.

Swanage Medical Centre building
Swanage Medical Practice

‘We are a medical practice, part of the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, committed to providing the best possible care to our patients.’

Swanage Medical Centre mission statement

Appointment system

Grass and bench outside the Swanage health centre
Outside the surgery in Swanage

Currently the medical centre is operating an initial telephone triage service in line with Covid-19 recommendations.

Phone the surgery to make an appointment and you’ll receive a telephone consultation with a clinician who will then arrange for a face-to-face appointment if clinically appropriate with a relevant healthcare practitioner.

Same-day appointments can be arranged if you need urgent medical attention.

Online booking

Online appointment booking will resume when appropriate – the system has been temporarily paused due to the pandemic.

Booking online is an easy way to make an appointment with your registered doctor at a time that’s convenient to you, such as if the centre is closed or the phone lines are busy.

You can also order and view online repeat prescription requests – allow a week for your repeat prescription (so requesting medication in advance, before your current prescription runs out, is advised).

Register for this online service, which also allows you to view your medical records, in person at the surgery by bringing a form of ID with you.

Opening hours

Sign outside the Swanage Medical Centre

Surgery opening hours for appointments and phone calls are as follows:

Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 1.00pm and 2.00 – 6.30pm  (closed between 1pm & 2pm).

(Note that the centre is closed on UK Bank Holidays.)

Special extended hours appointments: If it is difficult for you to attend an appointment during the health centre’s normal opening hours, there may be an option to see a doctor or healthcare professional outside of these hours.

Contact the surgery to ask for either an early morning or evening appointment. It may also be possible to arrange a Saturday morning appointment. Note that, if you have pre-booked one of these appointments, the surgery phone will be switched off and you will need to ring the doorbell to be let in.

Contact details

  • Main contact number: 01929 422231
  • Clinical Appointments: 01929 475104
  • Out of Hours: 111
  • Emergency: 999

For full surgery details and information visit the Swanage Medical Centre’s website:

Address & location

📍Railway Station Approach, Swanage (Postcode: BH19 1HB)

The surgery is conveniently located right in the centre of town, just next door to the Co-Op and Swanage Railway station and bus station terminus.

If you need to attend the medical centre by taxi, or need a lift home from your appointment, there is a taxi rank right outside the centre.

There is on-site parking at the surgery, as well as disabled parking and wheelchair access to the building.

Google Maps showing location of Swanage Medical Practice
Swanage Medical Practice location in town (Google Maps)

Out of hours healthcare

Call NHS 111

Calling out-of-hours medical advice on 111
Phone 111 out of hours

If you are unwell outside of normal surgery opening times, call 111 to speak to an NHS 111 advisor who will be able to help.

111 is the phone number to call if you need medical assistance in the evening, overnight, over the weekend or during Bank Holidays when the surgery is closed.

For more information on the NHS 111 service visit its dedicated website: 

Visitor Information

What if I’m ill whilst on holiday in Swanage ?

Sign for Swanage Minor Injuries unit
There is a Minor Injuries unit on Queen’s Road in Swanage

You can see a doctor in Swanage if you become unwell while you are here.

There is a Sit & Wait surgery each afternoon at the Practice between 3pm – 3.30pm every weekday (excluding Bank Holidays).

If you are unwell outside of normal surgery hours, contact the NHS out-of-hours service by telephoning 111.

Call 999 and ask for an ambulance, or visit the nearest A&E, if your illness or injury is severe.

Swanage does have a minor injuries unit, which is open from 8am – 8pm daily.

Urgent care and A&E

Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck do not have an Accident and Emergency hospital – the nearest A&Es are in Poole, Dorchester and Bournemouth.

In an emergency, call 999 for an ambulance or visit your nearest A&E.

Swanage Hospital – Minor Injuries A&E

Swanage Hospital has a Minor Injuries department, which is open daily and deals with a wide range of conditions and injuries.

View of Swanage Hospital entranceway from the road outside
Swanage Hospital

The team here can help patients with the following injuries:

  • Limb injuries, such as sprains and fractures
  • Eye injuries and infections
Foreign bodies (for example splinters and fish hooks)
Head injuries
  • Wounds (including suturing if required)
Insect bites and stings
  • Emergency contraception

The MIU is open daily, including Bank Holidays, between 8am and 8pm. Appointments are necessary and the team ask that patients do not arrive unannounced.

📍 Swanage Hospital is located on Queens Road (postcode: BH19 2ET) Note that Swanage Hospital is on the one-way system and up a couple of steep hills, so driving or taking a taxi may be easiest.

📞 Swanage Hospital phone number: 01929 422282

Your nearest Accident & Emergency departments

The A&E departments at these nearest major hospitals and urgent care centres are open 24 hours a day.

  • Poole Hospital -📍Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2JB 📞 01202 665511
  • Dorset County Hospital (Dorchester) -📍Williams Ave, Dorchester, DT1 2JY 📞 01305 251150
  • Royal Bournemouth Hospital -📍Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, BH7 7DW 📞 01202 303626