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Wednesday Closing

 

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 Appointments
If 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 problems

Home Visits
Home 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.  

 

 

Latest News

International Clinical Trials Day Today -  20th May 2021

Key messages for patients, carers and the public and healthcare professionals

 

  • Patients and the public are at the heart of research
  • The UK has led the way in the testing and development of COVID-19 treatments, diagnostic tests and vaccines
  • High quality clinical research leads to better health outcomes and improved care for patients and the public
  • Clinical research is a normal part of the NHS and enables it to provide patients with the best treatments
  • Anyone can get involved in health research
    • Research is open to people from all backgrounds and having diversity amongst research participants allows clinical research to more accurately reflect the population, to address long-standing health inequalities
    • These could be people who have health problems and also those who don’t - you can make a difference
  • Participating in clinical research can benefit you directly, but is also a chance for you to help others in the UK and around the world
  • There are lots of types of research, from lifestyle surveys to drug trials.

 

Calls to action

 

  • Find out which research studies you can be involved in and how you can take part in research by visiting the Be Part of Research website 
  • Find out how you can help make a difference to the COVID-19 vaccine development by registering for the NHS Vaccine Research Registry
  • Share your research story on social media using #BePartofResearch
  • Hear from those who have taken part in research by visiting the NIHR website and reading our blogs

 


'NEW Contact us online'

You can contact us about a medical, administrative or prescription issue by clicking HERE .  Answer a few short questions and we will get back to you within 2 working days. Please do not use this online form for urgent or emergency requests.  The submitted forms will only be read during working hours 9.00 am - 5.00 pm.  The forms will not be read on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) or on bank holidays.  They will not be read Monday-Friday between the hours of 5.00 pm - 9.00 am


New Practice Survey - 

Complete our latest Survey Oct 2020 Click here


SCAM & Phishing Messages and e-mails - update 11th June 2021

We have been alerted that there may be a scam message being sent.  This looks genuine as it says NHS No Reply and asks users to click on a link and may appear from different surgeries.  Please be vigilant when responding to messages you receive especially if you are not expecting them or haven't initiated it.  If in doubt please check with us.  Our health informatics service have provided the following advice for any e-mails/text messages etc that you may receive from any source. 

1. Be vigilant and suspicious – if something looks too good to be true it generally is. If an email comes from a colleague, but doesn’t sound like them and isn’t formatted in the way they would write – be suspicious. Call your colleague to check or validate the details by contacting them directly. 2. Never give out your own or anyone else’s passwords, bank details or other sensitive data. A legitimate organisation will NEVER ask for this data via email (or telephone). If in any doubt don’t say anything and seek advice. It is best to be cautious.3. Check the spelling – Often spam emails may look like the real thing, but with words misspelled or contain bad grammar.4. Were you expecting this email?   Use your mouse to hover over any links to check that it matches the URL (web address) that you were expecting.  Check the ‘reply to’ email and address, does it match the ‘from’ address?  5. Check links in any password reset (or other) emails very carefully – check they are taking you to a legitimate site. If in doubt, navigate to the site directly (without using the email link) and login directly. This is a common “phishing” technique.6. Don’t open attachments from anyone you don’t know or that are not from a trusted source.7. Don’t reply to spam or forward chain emails.  Do not unsubscribe from any unsolicited “spam” emails – this just confirms you are a real address.

Mental Health Help and Support

 

IAPT


Are you worried or concerned about someone else's mental health but not sure how to start a conversation - please click on the link below for tips and help

 Safe to talk - suicide


And in other news at the practice ……

Alternative route for support for older adults which you might find useful below


Corona Virus - Latest Advice - If you are concerned about the corona virus and how to access help/information, please click on the links below:

Age UK Notts: 0115 844 0011 – Covid 19 support including shopping for essential items, prescription collection and daily social contact calls for those who are self-isolated/ shielded.

 

Silverline: 0800 4 70 80 90 – 24/7 friendship/ information/ advice for older people

 

The Alzheimer’s Society are taking referrals and are providing 1-1 support over the phone to people with dementia and their carers. Dementia Support Workers are doing specific risk assessments for people with dementia for covid-19 and are doing welfare calls weekly for those that live alone or are otherwise vulnerable and fortnightly/ monthly calls for other people. They are also providing general dementia support e.g. benefits, lasting power of attorney, planning for the future, accessing care homes etc over the phone. There are also volunteers working centrally to provide companionship calls for anyone with dementia/ their carers who just wants a chat which can be as regular as needed. This can all be accessed by phoning 0115 9343811

 

For carers:

 

Nottinghamshire Carers Hub: 0115 824 8824

 

https://www.carerstrustem.org/hub

The carers hub provide information, advice and guidance.

Signposting to other services.

Access to carers breaks

Peer support.

Access to counselling.

Access to carers assessments and much more.

 


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.


Isolation Notes

If you require an isolation note please click on this link https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

Asthmatics

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.


pharmacy first

Do you pay for your Prescriptions?

If the answer is NO.  Are you suffering from any of the following?

•  Allergy•  Hay fever
•  Athlete’s Foot•  Conjunctivitis
•  Constipation•  Diarrhoea
•  Earache•  Haemorrhoids
•  Headlice•  Insect Bites/Stings
•  Sore Throat•  Teething Pain
•  Threadworm•  Toothache
•  Thrush (Vaginal)•  Verruca’s
•  Warts

Stay Well - Think Pharmacy First

Helping you to help yourself

If the answer is YES to any of the above, then you DO NOT need to see a GP.  Choose from one of the Chemists listed in the link below and they will be able to prescribe you medication that the GP would offer you FREE OF CHARGE.

Pharmacy First


Pharmacy First’ is also available to patients who pay for their prescriptions.  Many over the counter preparations are cheaper than paying for a prescription.
A Pharmacist will refer you back to the surgery if they think you need to be seen by a GP.
PLEASE NOTE:  
When making an URGENT Appointment.
The Doctors kindly ask that you give the Receptionist a brief description of your problem, to enable them to direct you to the most appropriate Clinician.  
However, we do understand if you  DO NOT wish to disclose this.


Why does the receptionist need to ask what’s wrong with me?

It is not a case of the receptionists being nosey!
The reception staff are members of the practice team and it has been agreed they should ask patients ‘why they need to be seen’. Reception staff are trained to ask certain questions in order to ensure that you receive:

  • The most appropriate medical care,
  • From the most appropriate health professional,
  • At the most appropriate time.

Receptionists are asked to collect brief
information from patients:
1. To help doctors prioritise house visits and phone calls
2. To ensure that all patients receive the appropriate level of care
3. To direct patients to see the nurse or other health professional rather than a doctor where appropriate.
Reception staff, like all members of the team, are bound by confidentiality rules

  • Any information given by you is treated strictly confidentially.
  • The Practice would take any breach of confidentiality very seriously and deal with accordingly.
  • You can ask to speak to a receptionist in private away from reception.
  • However if you feel an issue is very private and do not wish to say what this is then this will be respected.

Thank you for your support.

 


Bower Cancel Screening

Bowel Cancer Screening for over 60, have you done your test?  Please read this leaflet


Common complaints

 

 

Sports injuries

 

Sports-related injuries from playing football and outdoor activities are also a bigger issue. Sprained ankles, wrists and broken bones are common sights in urgent care clinics and emergency rooms between spring and summer, according to the experts.

Treatment for these injuries typically requires a little home care. If you’ve suffered a strain or sprain use RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression Elevation) therapy or visit your pharmacy for advice. But if something feels seriously wrong or keeps getting worse, head to the doctor or call 111 as soon as possible.

 

Choose the right service for your illness or injury

Unnecessary GP visits can drain resources from caring for older, chronically-ill people, and have a knock-on effect of placing A&E and emergency departments under further pressure.

All kinds of minor illnesses and injuries, from insect bites to hay fever, sun burn to minor cuts, can be treated at home with advice and medicines from your local pharmacist.

Self-care is the best option if you have a common summer health complaint.

Your high street pharmacy can give you expert advice without an appointment.

 

You can also call 111 free of charge, 24 hours a day, 365 days a week for a medical emergency that does not require a 999 call.

 


Condom Collection Point, anyone aged 13 - 24 years old - C-Card Scheme

We are 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.

http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/care/health-and-wellbeing/sexual-health/c-card-scheme

 


NEW: SELF REFER - PHYSIOTHERAPY REFERRALS in 3 easy steps - NO NEED TO SEE A GP

Patients can now self refer to physiotherapy without the need to see a GP first in 3 easy steps Physio 3 steps. Fill out this form physio referral form and send off via email, post or hand it in to the practice to send off, the service will then contact you.  

 


Help for Homeless

We support the homeless by having a box in our waiting area of warm items of clothing and blankets which are available if you need it or you know of someone who does.  If you also have any items of warm clothing or tins of food (non-perishables) please feel free to bring them in.  We do from time to time also give the items from the box to the Salvation Army on Victoria Street Mansfield when the box is full. 

If you feel you are at risk from becoming homeless, help, information and advice is available for you.  If you would like some help and information regarding who to turn to and where to go please click this link http://www.mansfield.gov.uk/article/5745/Homeless-or-at-risk or contact Mansfield District Council on 01623 463121.  If you are not able to retrieve this we have this information within the practice printed out.   Help is out there for you. We also have a box in our waiting area


Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Don't forget you can be part of the Patient Participation Group for Orchard, we are look for any age patient to become a part of it to give ideas, opinions and feedback on the way services are managed and what we can do better and work towards in the future.  Please take a look number 8 under 'further information' if you would like more detail, this also includes dates & times.  

Our Next Meeting date:   Wednesday 19th May 2021 at 1 pm virtually via Microsoft Team - new members welcome to join please email maccg.orchardppg@nhs.net for the link

Patient Group Donation - 'YOU SAID WE DID'

Together with our Patient Participation Group it was discussed with patients as we didn't have enough 24 hour blood pressure monitors as one had not been returned.  Thank you to our Patient Participation Group who have donated £500 towards a 24 hour blood pressure monitor to help patients needing to record their BP over a 24 hour period, the practice has also purchased 3 more also.  This will mean less of a wait to loan it out.  The practice are extremely grateful of this kind donation.  Below is a picture of the group donation.


Are you a Carer - help is at hand

Are you a carer or look after someone, help could be at hand, click the link below for details.

http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/caring/adultsocialcare/backgroundsupport/social-care-publications/?entryid126=147003&p=2


Find us on Facebook, Join & Share with your friends

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orchard-Medical-Practice/785369651494411?ref=hl 


NHS Website

Please take a look at the NHS Website (formally NHS Choices).  If you would like to leave a review please go to

https://www.nhs.uk/Services/GP/Overview/DefaultView.aspx?id=C84051


Insertion & Removal of Coils & Implants

We offer the insertion and removal of Mirena Coils & Implants.   We hold regular clinics with a female GP.  Please speak to our receptionist for further information. 


We are a Research Practice

Please click the attached link regarding Patient Information and how your information may be used for Health Research.

https://www.hra.nhs.uk/information-about-patients/

We are working in collaboration with the Clinical Research Network: East Midlands (CRN:EM). The CRN:EM is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and is focused on enhancing and promoting research, ensuring that it is conducted in line with ethical procedures and for patient benefit. There is a local team working within Nottingham City and Nottingham County, facilitating research within primary care. 

 

​We have signed up to a Research Site Initiative Scheme; resulting in them choosing to be involved in appropriate and relevant research studies, focused on enhancing patient care and working on studies that are of particular interest and need for their patient population. The primary care team surpassed recruitment expectations in the financial year of 2014-2015 and this could not have been done without the support of local practices and the engagement from patients in these areas.

 

You can access the following links for the NIHR and the Clinical Research network:

 

http://www.nihr.ac.uk/ - National Institute for Health Research

http://www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/ - Clinical Re​search Network

http://www.enrich.nihr.ac.uk/ - Enrich

Are you a long term catheter user - The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Hospitals Trust are conducting research into a new urinary catheter designed to reduce the risk of infection: See link for more information and who to contact.

Catheter Research

Are sore hands getting in the way of you daily life - the ALPHA trial could help, click on the poster below:

ALPHA TRIAL


Text Messaging Service

You can now register to receive information by text message on your phone regarding appointments and health care. 

If you wish to register for this messaging service please fill out the consent form.


Named Accountable GP

From 1 April 2015, practices are required under the contract to allocate a named, accountable GP to all patients (including children). 

Unless you have specified an alternative GP your named accountable GP will be the doctor you are registered under. This will in no way effect your care from the Practice and you will be seen by all GPs who have equal access to your medical records.  Unless you pre-book your appointment in advance you will be allocated a GP subject to availability on that day. 


Accessible Information Standard

The Accessible Information Standard aims to ensure that people who have a disability or sensory loss receive information that they can access and understand (for example in large print, braille) and professional communication support if you need it, such as from a British Sign Language interpreter. 

We can update your patient record with this information you can let a receptionist know or complete the attached form. Accessible Information Form

 

 

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