Practice Closure for Staff Training from 1pm, Tuesday 13th March
From 1pm until 6.30pm on Tuesday 13th March, this practice will be closed for important clinical education and training purposes:
Emergency cover will be provided by Care UK Out of Hours Service who will be responsible for:
- Telephone triage
- Face-to-face appointments at base TBC in Bury St Edmunds or Haverhill Health Centre
- Home visits
Repeat prescription requests will not be dealt with during these times so please ensure sufficient notice is given to enable your practice to provide these for you prior to practice closure dates.
You can contact Care UK by telephone by calling: 111
From 28th November 2017 our Dispensary will not open until 9.30am on Tuesdays.
Local services, activities, advice, information and support
Below is a link to an extremely useful resource for our patients. InfoLink provides a search engine that uses key words and location criteria to find information about all sorts of local services, activities, advice, information and support.
We hope you find this link useful:
Stop Smoking Service - Award Winners
Congratulations to Tracy (Associate Practitioner) and Nikki (Healthcare Assistant) who have won an award for their outstanding efforts in supporting patients to stop smoking. They came first in the category of Most Quitters – Small Practice.
This is not the first time Tracy and Nikki have excelled in this area - they previously won a national award.
The award was presented in the practice by Rob Freeman who is Live Well Suffolk’s Stop Smoking Service Facilitator.
Well done ladies!
Orchard House Surgery offers Chlamydia screening. You may either ring to book an appointment or speak to our staff when you are in the practice.
In addition, a new website from NHS Suffolk www.amiclear.com is encouraging sexually active young people in Suffolk to get checked out for the sexually transmitted infection Chlamydia, a condition affecting both men and women.
It is estimated that 1 in 12 people under the age of 25 in Suffolk who have sex have a Chlamydia infection – one that can have serious long-term consequences such as infertility, that is women unable to have a baby. Yet, many people won’t know that they have an infection. With men symptoms can include a discharge from the end of the penis or pain and burning when urinating. Women could experience an increased need to urinate or pain when urinating or having sex.
However, up to 75% of women and 50% of men have no obvious signs or symptoms – the only way to be sure is to be screened for Chlamydia. Fortunately, the test is simple and painless and free screening kits can be ordered online through the new website www.amiclear.com.
As well as offering an easy way of ordering a screening kit the website is a one-stop shop of information on Chlamydia, including:
- Remember, Chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections can be prevented by using a condom, and sex can be just as good with a condom
- You should get screened even if you have no obvious symptoms
- Screening kits are painless and simple to use
- Chlamydia can easily be treated with antibiotics