NOTICE FOR PATIENTS
We would like to draw your attention to an article in the Sussex Express that states The Orchard Surgery is the busiest surgery in the area as we have far more patients per GP. On average there are 1719 patients for every full time equivalent GP in England. The article states that The Orchard Surgery has 6106 patients and the full time equivalent of 1.4 GPs, meaning we have 4227 patients per GP. These figures are inaccurate as we have regular locum sessions equating to 2.5 full time equivalent and 2400 per GP.
We are in the process of recruiting and the appointment system is currently under review.
COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINATION
THE NHS IS PRIORITISING THOSE MOST AT RISK FOR THE COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINATION AND WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN.
At the beginning of December it was announced that all adults will be offered a COVID-19 booster by the end of January.
It was also announced that the time between a second vaccine and a booster will be reduced from six months to three, and that 12 to 15 year olds are recommended to have a second vaccine.
After the JCVI made their announcements on Monday, the NHS confirmed that those at greatest risk will continue to be prioritised and the current eligible groups remain at this time.
Younger groups will then start to be invited in descending age order over the coming weeks.
The NHS will be in touch to let people know when it’s their turn.
We are urging anyone who isn’t yet eligible to please wait to be contacted by the NHS for your booster. Please don’t attend a walk in service as at the current time we cannot offer it to you.
If you are 40 and over, or 16 and over in one of the clinical at risk groups and you haven’t yet had your booster or got an appointment – please use the National Booking System website or 119 to arrange your vaccine. We have added more than 10,000 appointments per week across our services in the last week and more appointments are added every day.
If you have a booked appointment, please make sure you attend this and receive your booster vaccine.
To date more than 3 million vaccinations have been given in Sussex, with more than 70,000 vaccines being offered each week.
Read more on the vaccination programme
You can also contact the Lancing and Sompting Covid Vaccination Centre by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are open and you will be seen face-to-face if necessary.
Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients where there is a clinical need. You will be asked to first discuss your conditions over the phone with a member of the healthcare team to assess what would be most appropriate for you and which practice member would best provide it.
We have reintroduced some of the services that were suspended during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. You may be contacted by the surgery to arrange a health review or a blood test.
Your GP surgery has a range of measures in place to keep you safe from Coronavirus including regular cleaning of patient areas and social distancing. Please ensure that you wear a mask when attending the surgery.
FOR GENERAL ADVICE CLICK: NHS 111 Covid 19
If you have any of the following symptoms:
Temperature (if you feel hot to touch on your chest or back)
Cough (a new, continuous cough)
the advice is to self-isolate and self-care for 5 days.
Please click the following link for further information of self-isolation. This will include information on how to obtain a medical certificate if you need to self-isolate because of Coronavirus - these will not be issued by your GP surgery.
NHS 111 Advice on self-isolation
You should contact NHS 111 online (or call 111 if you do not have online access) for further advice if you feel unwell and need help with your symptoms. Please do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital.
Adur and Worthing Council can offer support for vulnerable people during the Coronavirus crisis including patients who are shielding.
You can access this support online by using the link below:
If you know people who do not have internet who may need this support please see below)
For those without internet, needing to access the support from Adur and Worthing Councils, there is a helpline open Monday to Friday 9:00am until 5:00pm. The helpline is just to help fill in the online form. It is not for advice or guidance. There is limited resource to run the helpline so there may be some delays via this route. The telephone number is 01903 221222.
CQC Rating GOOD
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited the surgery on Tuesday 20th March 2018 to carry out a scheduled inspection. The surgery was awarded an overall rating of GOOD. The results are freely available on the CQC Website. Click here to read more about the CQC and access our inspection report.
Get Well, Keep Well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition. We also recommend that before contacting the surgery with minor conditions that have only been present for a couple of days you contact the Self Care Forum where you will find useful information and leaflets on minor ailments. You may also be interested in the following video:
Information about our practice policies can be found here, including the rights and responsibilities of patients; confidentiality; information and data protection; and zero tolerance. Our complaints policy can be found here.
Reserved car parking spaces for the disabled are marked near the front door of the Health Centre. Wheelchair access to the building is via the front entrance. A lift is provided to access the first floor.
Click here for the Patient Access login screen: PATIENT ACCESS
(Site updated 07/11/2022)