The Practice is closed ONCE a month for staff development and training. Our Doctors, Nursing and administrative staff do need time to train together, which is vital to improve service delivery. The next date is Wednesday 22nd May 2013. We DO NOT close on other Wednesday afternoons. Cancelling Appointments If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone or use the link at the bottom of this page to cancel your appointment. By giving us as much notice as you can you are helping us to make sure that someone else is given your slot. Please note that the Practice has a policy for Patient who DO NOT ATTEND or fail to cancel their appointment. Patients who continue to DNA risk being removed from the Practice.Please keep your appointment, don't waste it.Emergency AppointmentsIf you require to be seen urgently, please tell the receptionist the nature of your request to assess the urgency. This facility is for emergency cases only and we ask you to not use this service for routine problemsHome VisitsHome Visits are reserved for patients who are genuinely too ill to attend surgery. Please telephone before 10.00am and be prepared to answer a few questions to help the doctors plan their calls and to assess the urgency. Please remember the doctor can see at least four patients in surgery in the time taken to do one visit.
Our practice nurses are available Monday to Friday and provide a range of services including:
We have a fully trained Phlebotomist to take blood samples.
Please note that our clinics are by appointment only.
New to Orchard for anyone aged 13 to 24 years of age......
We are now a collection point for free condoms and lubes if you are aged between 13 & 24 years old and have a C-card. Our staff are fully trained to give these out. We have lots in stock. You dont have to be a patient at Orchard to collect them just show your C-card to one of our receptionists.
If you would like to register for a C-card please click on the link below to find a registration point near you.
For the care of expectant mothers. By appointment with the Midwife, please call the Practice to make an appointment. Post natal examinations are undertaken by the doctor. You will be sent an appointment to see the doctor, 6-8 weeks after the birth of your baby.
Please click the link for Child Health Clinics in the area Child Health Clinics
Minor surgical procedure for removing moles, skin tags etc, these procedures are carried out by the doctors and or nurse practitioner. Appointment is by prior arrangement with the doctor or nurse practitioner.
By arrangement. Please ask for a travel advice form from reception before making your appointment. Please note that charges may apply for certain travel vaccinations (not covered by NHS).
We hold clinics for the management of selected long-term medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, chronic heart disease, high blood pressure, smoking cessation etc. Please ask at reception to make an appointment to see the nurse.
Everyone is advised to keep up-to-date with immunisations and vaccinations including tetanus and polio. Please ask at reception for further details.
Please click the link for vaccination schedules, the link shows from baby to over 65 vaccinations
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 2 months before you travel to ensure you are fully protected by the time you leave the UK. If you are planning to travel:
Where travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription, these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.Travel Health QuestionnaireTo help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.Travel Questionnaire
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
Please click here to see non-nhs charges
We help in the training of medical students who will occasionally sit in with our doctors . You are free to ask them not to be present when you see the doctor.
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