All existing staff at the Lyme Regis Medical Centre in Uplyme Road, Lyme Regis, have transferred to Virgin Care with their existing terms and conditions.
A Virgin Care spokesman said the group now runs about 30 practices but that this figure includes urgent care centres, minor injury units, GP practices and walk-in centres.
NHS Dorset, which received 31 expressions of interest to run the service and 18 bids, appointed Virgin Care as the preferred provider in September.
Its interim chief executive Suzanne Rastrick said: ‘The contract to run services at Lyme Regis Medical Centre was awarded following a thorough tendering process, as a result we are confident that the new provider will be able to continue delivering a high standard of healthcare to local people.’
Virgin Care’s chief executive Bart Johnson said: ‘We are delighted to have welcomed our first patients. Though most won’t notice any immediate changes we are looking forward to working with staff and patients over the longer term to make a real difference to everyone who uses Lyme Regis Medical Centre.’
At the time of going to press a spokesman from NHS Dorset was unable to reveal the number of bids from GPs to run the practice.