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Saturday clinic

10th September

Patients will be able to book these appointments two weeks in advance of the date, some appointments will be held and opened up the day before.

 

 

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If you need a doctor in an emergency when we are closed call  NHS 111

 

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Flu Clinics

It's that time of year again!

Our flu clinics will be on 17th September and 1st October. Appointments are available for patients aged 65 and over and those that are eligible due to a medical condition.

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Saturday Appointments

Our Saturday morning clinic has been changed to a commuter clinic for those patients who are unable to attend during the working week. Saturday appointments can be booked 2 weeks in advance with some being kept for booking on the day before at 12:00.

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Emergency Dental Treatment

Doctors are no longer permitted to treat dental problems.

If you feel that you require antibiotics you should contact your own dentist or the out of hours service on 01634 890300

Booking Doctors Appointments

Doctor appointments will now only be bookable 2 weeks in advance. This will hopefully cut down on the number of appointments wasted each month as often the appointments are booked then forgotten. Nurse appointments will continue to be bookable 4 weeks in advance.

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If you are a smoker and would

 like help to give up please make an appointment to see Avril

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Repeat Prescriptions

There are now two ways to order your repeat prescription. You can still use Vision On-Line but we have also re-instated the old system as many patients have had difficulties with the new system.

Both sites are available via this website.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO WAIT 72 HOURS (EXCLUDING WEEKENDS) BEFORE COLLECTING YOUR PRESCRIPTION

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If you have any lumps that you would like to have removed, please make an appointment with Dr King for an assessment

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All patients have a named GP who is responsible for their overall care at the Practice. Please ask at reception if you wish to know who you are registered with.

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 Friends & Family Test

In line with all other surgeries we are required by NHS England to ask patients to take part in a Friends & Family Test survey each time they contact the surgery. This can be found on this site (just click the link on the right of this page) or alternatively you can ask for a card to complete at reception.

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Publication of GP Earnings

 

All GP Practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in The Orchard Practice in the last financial year was £78,647 before tax and National Insurance.

This is for 3 full time GPs and 1 part time GP who worked in the practice for more than six months.


CQC Inspection Report

Our Inspection report has now been published and we were found to be 'GOOD' in all areas of the inspection. The full report can be found online at www.CQC.org.uk

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Minor Illnesses

Did you know that West Hill Pharmacy and Moores Pharmacy both offer a Minor Ailment Scheme. You can visit the pharmacies with a range of conditions and get advice and treatment which will cost no more than a normal prescription and is free to those holding an exemption certificate.

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EMERGENCY APPOINTMENTS

 

If you book an emergency appointment at the end of morning or evening surgery the GP will only deal with the issue that is an emergency.  Please make an ordinary appointment for any other issues.

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Message to Female Patients

 

It is important that you attend for regular Cervical Smears.  If you have received a letter inviting you to make an appointment, please do so as soon as possible.  When we are open on a Saturday morning our Nurses are happy to do these then.

 

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To avoid inappropriate use of Accident and Emergency please dial 111 who will advise you of the best action to take.

 

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Please follow the link to 'Latest News' for important information about your medical records  

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NEW APP FOR HEALTH HELP

www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net   just follow the link

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The Orchard Practice

The Orchard Practice moved from a house in Dartford into a purpose-built Health Centre, along with three other practices in the early part of the 1980s, all using the ground floor of the building.

disabilityWheelchair access to the building is through the main door. 

A disabled patients' WC is provided alongside the waiting area and access to the first floor can be reached by a lift, just inside the main front door.

The practice is part of the West Kent Primary Care Trust, which is part of the NHS.

Training Practice

Our practice is a training/teaching practice. Our registrars are fully qualified and have a great deal of hospital experience. Registrars are attached to our practice for 12 months after which time they may become a partner in a practice.  They are at all times encouraged to seek advice when required from the practice partners.

When booking an appointment you may be asked if you would consult with one of our registrars who are excellent doctors, appointed by the practice.

Our  GP trainer is Dr King.

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