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Saturday clinic

6th May

13th May

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.





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





Health advice over the Bank Holiday
This practice will be closed over the bank holiday weekend but you can still get health advice if you need it.
A pharmacy is a good place to go for minor ailments. Your local pharmacist is a medicines expert who can advise on the best way to treat colds, coughs, sore throats, hay fever, verrucas, digestive problems and more, and you probably won’t need a prescription as many over-the-counter medicines are readily available for these conditions. You can find out when local pharmacies are open on the NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The Health Help Now app can be downloaded the app from or from Google Play or the App Store. It can guide you to the best service for your symptoms, and tell you the nearest NHS services that are open during evenings, weekends and bank holidays, including pharmacies.
If you don’t have internet access or a smartphone, and need health help when it’s not an emergency, NHS 111 can give you free health advice, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Just dial 111.
If you live in or are visiting Dartford, Gravesham or Swanley areas and need an urgent GP appointment over the bank holiday weekend, the GP-led White Horse Walk in Centre in Vale Road, Northfleet DA11 8BZ, is open from 8am to 8pm. You don’t need to book an appointment.
For emergency dental care, contact your own dentist first. At evenings, weekends and bank holidays (8.30am to 1.25pm) you can call DentaLine on 01634 890300.
For people with mental health issues, free confidential emotional advice and guidance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from the Mental Health Matters helpline on 0800 107 0160. The Samaritans are also there to listen at any time of day or night and can be reached by dialling 116 123.
If you suffer a minor injury, trained nurses at minor injury units (MIUs) across Kent can assess and treat cuts, sprains, minor burns, minor dislocations of the fingers and toes, minor eye injuries and remove foreign bodies from, for example, ears and noses. MIUs cannot treat babies under one year old.  MIUs are open every day of the year. You can find minor injury units at the following hospitals.
Gravesham Community Hospital: Bath Street, Gravesend, DA11 0DG. Phone: 01474 360816. Open 8am to 8pm, every day of the year.
If you have chest pains or your injury or medical problem is urgent or life-threatening, you should visit A&E at Darent Valley Hospital or Medway Hospital.
Medicines and repeat prescriptions over the Bank Holiday
Many minor ailments can be treated at home, providing you have a home health kit.
Pharmacists can advise what you might need in your kit, but we’ve produced the following list to help get you started.
·       Painkillers (paracetamol and ibuprofen – including infant/child versions if you have young children) 
·       Throat pastilles
  • Digital thermometer 
  • Plasters, bandages and sticking tape 
  • Antiseptic lotion, cream or spray
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets
  • Rehydration salts 
  • Indigestion treatments 
Having these simple and cheap remedies at home may help you avoid needing to go out to a pharmacy or help you to feel better without seeing a GP.


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.


Medical Certificates

Please remember that medical certifcates are only issued by your doctor after the first 7 days of sickness. The first 7 days are self certification and you should collect the form from your employer.


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.


If you are a smoker and would

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


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.



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


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.


 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.


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 £81,048 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


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.






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.



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.




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




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



NEW APP FOR HEALTH HELP   just follow the link


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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