Coronavirus - latest advice 21.04.20
Vulnerable groups and Volunteers - click below for help and information: Poster - Help and Volunteering
Carers - are you a carer please click the link to get access to virtual support: Virtual Support Group
Shielding Letters- Frequently Asked Questions
We are currently getting a considerable amount of queries regarding the clinical risk letters which were sent out to patients. this link gives some answers to the some frequently asked questions Patient FAQ's
Appointments & Phoning the Practice
We have moved to a telephone based service and reduced the face to face contact in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus in the community.
This is a dramatic new way of working, so please do bear with us and be kind to our staff.
If you are worried about Covid Symtoms please click on this link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for the latest advice as it is changing all the time
We have cancelled most of our pre-booked routine appointments and are not booking follow up appointments at the present time. We are still doing urgent bloods including Warfarin, post natals & baby injections, pre-school injections and smears. Should you not be well on the day of your appointment please cancel it. All patients will be triaged at the main door to ensure you are well enough to still have your appointment.
If you require an isolation note please click on this link https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
We have been made aware of some posts on social media saying that if you have a respiratory/lung condition, your GP will issue a rescue pack of steroids and antibiotics.
For people with asthma, it is not recommended as standard management. If someone's asthma is bad enough to consider steroids they should be assessed by a health care professional.
Further information can be found on https://www.asthma.org.uk/
Rescue packs may be part of the agreed management plan for some people with COPD. If you NORMALLY have a rescue pack to treat your lung condition its a good idea to check that you have one.
Please bear with us, your help and understanding is appreciated.
ORDERING AND COLLECTION OF PRESCRIPTIONS
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic Orchard Medical Practice will be introducing a system called Electronic Repeat Dispensing for some patients. This process will allow you to order your repeat medication via your regular pharmacy, rather than through the practice. For more information on Electronic Repeat Dispensing please visit this link - https://psnc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/eRepeat-Dispensing-leaflet.pdf
To keep patients to a minimum coming down to the practice to order and collect prescriptions please sign up to a pharmacy of your choice so we can send your prescription directly to that pharmacy, they can also order your prescription too. This would be really helpful to you, the practice and the public.
Try the new NHS App
If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.
You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.
If you already use Systmonline you can continue to use it. You can use the NHS App as well.
For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp'