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Full Travel Clinic Service Ending On 1st July 2018

From the 1st July 2018 Orchard House Surgery will no longer be running a full Travel Clinic Service.

Patients requiring travel advice should either attend a travel clinic or refer to one of the following websites:

www.travelhealthpro.org.uk 

www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

There are travel clinics based in Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. Some pharmacies and supermarkets also provide this service.

We will continue to offer vaccinations that are free on the NHS; these are Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid but only if recommended.

It is the patient’s responsibility to find out what is required for their travel destination and it is strongly recommended that vaccinations are given at least four weeks prior to travel. We will give these vaccinations at routine nurse appointments and they will not be part of a fully comprehensive travel consultation. We will no longer be issuing Malaria prescriptions.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Dr Bailey’s Retirement

It is with regret that we announce Dr Bailey’s retirement from his position of Senior Partner at the practice at the end of May 18. Dr Bailey joined what was originally a 2-man practice in Newmarket in June 1973 and has seen the change from a small practice with just one part-time receptionist/dispenser, through extensive moves and building programmes to what the surgery is today.

Dr Bailey has been involved in training doctors as GP’s for many years. He was course organiser for West Suffolk GP Training Scheme and then worked as an Associate Regional Advisor to the East Anglian Deanery to oversee postgraduate medical education.

His knowledge, experience and enthusiasm have been great assets to the surgery which he has helped build up into the modern service it is today. He will be greatly missed. We all wish him a very happy retirement.

For any patients that wish to leave retirement messages for Dr Bailey, there will be a book available in reception. Please speak to our reception team.

Suffolk Primary Care

You will be aware that Orchard House Surgery joined Suffolk Primary Care in April last year – this being a Suffolk-wide “super-partnership” of 11 practices. This decision was taken following the government’s encouragement to “work at scale.” However, the Partners at Orchard House Surgery have recently taken the decision to withdraw from Suffolk Primary Care over the next 3 months as they do not feel this alliance is in the best interests of their partnership or patients. Although Suffolk Primary Care has made good progress since its inception, the majority of interest in joining has been, and continues to be, in the east of the county. The practice therefore is now looking to work much more closely with other local practices (known as contiguous working). Where there are opportunities to work alongside Suffolk Primary Care that will benefit all parties, we shall continue to do this. Therefore, from the middle of June, the practice will revert back to Orchard House Surgery.

From 28th November 2017 our Dispensary will not open until 9.30am on Tuesdays.

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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:
http://infolink.suffolk.gov.uk/kb5/suffolk/infolink/home.page

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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!

Chlamydia Screening         

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

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