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COVID-19 isn't making children particularly unwell. Don't assume that all fevers are due to COVID-19. Continue to look out for signs of severe illness if your child has a fever. Use the following link’

'Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save lives. If you have a pre-booked appointment do not come to the surgery unless you have had a phone call from a member of the practice ON THE DAY TELLING YOU TO COME IN..

Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support

Information regarding Travelling and Insurance


“EPS4 goes live at Penny’s Hill Practice on 10th March 2020. If your prescriptions are already sent electronically to a nominated pharmacy then there is minimal change. If you do not have a nominated pharmacy, your prescription will be sent electronically to the NHS Spine and a pharmacy of your choice will then retrieve your prescription when you go to collect this by advising them of your NHS number. If you do not know your NHS number, ask your doctor when they are issuing you your prescription. Prescription tokens are also sometimes generated, however you can still get your prescription without these. If you do not currently have a nominated pharmacy but would like to nominate one, please speak to reception.”

EPS4 Information

Coronaviris (COVID-19)

Do you have ANY illness symptoms, a cough, temperature sickness or shortness of breath (however mild)?


Have you had contact with a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus

If the answer to EITHER of these questions is yes,


You must self-isolate EVEN if you have no symptoms and feel completely well.

The latest guidance from Public Health England asks us to close any facilities that may have been used by patients who might be infected until further notice. Please help us keep the surgery open by ensuring that you do not attend if you have been in contact with someone with this virus or have travelled to or from the affected area and have any respiratory illness symptoms, such as cough, sore throat, cold, flu symptoms or shortness of breath. Please do not attend the surgery if you are concerned you may have novel coronavirus.

Anyone who has had contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should be reported to the local Health Protection Team.

This is an evolving situation and information will be updated regularly.

Thank you 26th February 2020

At Penny’s Hill Practice, we have a coach and link worker as part of our team. Clinical healthcare professionals like doctors and nurses can be really important to help us manage the medical aspects of our health, and self-management coaches and link workers can help us manage the emotional and practical impact in our day to day life. Health Coach

As of December you will be able to book 'Telephone Appointments' via the Online system. Please be aware that the call will be at ANY TIME of the day, and not at the time stated when booking.

We have been informed by Rowlands Ferndown that repeat prescription request will take 5 working days to turn around..

FLU Vaccination Clinic's 2019 Book your appointment at the front desk..

Under 65's

At 'Risk' patients under 65yr who have a medical condition i.e COPD, Diabetes, Immunosuppression, Stroke.(for more information please see Patient Advice opposite)

Over 65's To be eligible:-  65yr as at 31st March 2020.

Friends and Family Test

The Friends and Family test (FFT) is an important opportunity for you to provide feedback on the care and treatment you receive and to improve services. Please click the Friend & Family test on the menu to complete this survey.


The Practice has five Partners consisting of the partnership of Drs Sastry, Richards, Hamp, Popova, McGinley and Speakman.  The Practice is situated on the south side of Ferndown Medical Centre at the end of St Mary's Road.  The five partners combine a traditionalist view of medicine with modern progressive ideas.

To view your doctor's surgery hours, qualifications, areas of expertise and other interesting information please see below. All the Doctors attend frequent updating meetings and are appraised each year. This process will be part of a 5 year re-validation program.The practice has been a training practice since 1979.

Dr Ravi Sastry (m)

MBBS MRCS MRCGP (University of Mysore, India 1999)DSCN1541-001

Qualified at University of Mysore, India in 1999.  Trained locally in Poole and completed surgical training and attained MRCS from Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh in 2005. He is a self motivated, caring doctor who is easy to approach and has a good sense of humour!  He is a family man with young children. His interests outside the practice are Formula One Racing, Cricket, Badminton and Golf.

Dr Emma R Richards (f)

B Med Sci BM BS MRCP MRCGP DGM DRCOG DFSRH (Nottingham 1991)DSCN1522

Qualified at Nottingham in 1991.  Trained in General Medicine & Geriatrics in Nottingham and Derby before moving to London to complete her General Practice training. 

I was a Partner at an inner city Practice near Tower Bridge before moving to Dorset when my husband was appointed as a consultant.  I have worked as a locum in several practices in the Poole area before joining Pennys Hill Practice.  I have three children and two dogs and enjoy gardening, drawing and metalworking.

Dr Geoff Hamp (m)


MB Chir (Cantab) MA BSc (Hons)

Qualified at University of Cambridge in 2002 and then completed his hospital training in several regions throughout the country.  He completed his General Practice training at Penny's Hill Practice and since then has worked in Dorset and Hampshire as a locum GP as well as in Dorset working for the Out of Hours GP Service provided by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust.  His main interest outside medicine is landscape photography.

Dr Anna Popova (f)


Dr Popova 2015

Dr Popova is an experienced GP who has relocated from Suffolk where she was a Partner in a busy practice. She has now settled in Dorset with her husband and three children.

Dr Sam McGinley (m)


Having spent a year as a registrar here, I am delighted to have joined Penny’s Hill Practice permanently from August 2016.

I trained in Devon (primarily Exeter and Torquay), and have now lived in Dorset for the last three years. I am married and my first baby daughter arrived this April.

I enjoy all aspects of General Practice, but have particular interests in palliative and elderly care.

Outside of work I enjoy baking cakes, cycling and walking.

I look forward to the next stage of my career here in Ferndown.


Dr Helen Speakman (f)


I qualified in London in 1989 and completed my GP training in Bedfordshire. I then worked in Swaziland for 6 years before returning to Dorset. Over the last 15 years I have work in 2 practices in the area before joining Penny’s Hill as a partner. I like all General Practice but have particular experience in Women’s Health, Diabetes and Elderly care


I’m married with 2 grown up children. In my spare time I love cycling and walking our dog. 

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