BLANDFORD Group Practice have announced that they are resuming appointments from tomorrow following its temporary closure earlier this week.

The surgery announced on October 12 that all appointment were to be postponed due to a lapse in personal liability insurance.

However, in a statement issued on the practice’s website, the issue has been resolved and patients can begin to attend their appointments from October 15.

Whilst routine appointments will continue from Friday, the surgery are prioritising those who have had appointments postponed during the closure.

In their statement Blandford Group Practice said: “We recognise that it has been a frustrating few days for some patients and we would like to sincerely apologise to those who have been affected.

“We thank everyone for their understanding of what is an unfortunate set of circumstances much of which was beyond our control.

“If you are a dispensing patient and have waited 48 hours since submitting your request, you will be able to collect your medication from our dispensaries from 3.30pm today.

“Some waits may be experienced due to the large number of requests we have to fulfil, including repeat prescriptions we are processing and sending to the local community pharmacies.”

Those who require urgent medication are advised to contact NHS 111 or go to your local community pharmacy and ask for an emergency supply.

From tomorrow, the surgery will be able to deal with for urgent requests.

The return of appointments also means that Blandford Group Practice are able to go ahead with the vaccination clinic on Saturday October 16 and those patients with appointments can attend as planned.

The statement added: “We would like to thank our staff at The Blandford Group Practice and our partner agencies for their hard work in setting up temporary arrangements for patients so rapidly.

“We would ask everyone to be respectful to staff when coming back to the practice.

“Restoring insurance cover has proved far more complicated than renewing personal car or home insurance and we can assure you the lapse in cover was not down to individual error.

“We are therefore extremely happy to have secured fresh cover and look forward to seeing you as we return to business as usual.”

A spokesman from the Dorset CCG said: “We are pleased that services are able to return at The Blandford Group Practice and would like to take the opportunity to thank practice staff and partners for their hard work in making this happen.”