Orchard Medical Practice, Ipswich, Suffolk   Orchard Medical Practice, Ipswich, Suffolk

 

Other Services

Dental Services
Hospice Services
Maternity Services
NHS Breast Screening Programme
Non NHS Services and Examinations

Language Barriers

Dental Services

Doctors and nurses are not trained as dentists and are therefore not equipped to deal properly with dental problems.

If you do not have a dentist please search on NHS Choices or contact the local PALS team.

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Hospice Services

We work closely with the specialist MacMillan Nurses and St Elizabeth Hospice who work with patients with advanced illnesses, including cancer, motor-neurone disease and other life-threatening illnesses to ensure that they experience a good quality of life.  Together we strive to enable patients wherever possible to be free of pain and other symptoms including emotional distress.

There is no charge to patients as the Hospice is funded by donation.

www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk

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Maternity Services

All partners offer Maternity Services supported by the Practice Midwives who work with the Doctors in providing antenatal and postnatal care.  The Midwives will make antenatal and postnatal home visits and arrange antenatal classes.

As General Practitioners of Medicine we are very happy to provide antenatal and postnatal care for our patients.  However, as we are not GP Obstetricians we are not able to undertake home deliveries.

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NHS Breast Screening Programme

Invitations to Breast Screening are sent out automatically by the Health Authority every three years to women aged between 50 and 70.  Women under 50 are not offered routine screening because it is more difficult to detect in the younger woman and also because the incidence of breast cancer in this age group is lower.

Over 50, breast cancer is more common and interpretation of the x-ray more reliable.  Women can ask their GP to refer them to a hospital breast clinic if they are concerned about a specific breast problem or otherwise worried about the risk of breast cancer.  This is not part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme.

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Non NHS Services and Examinations

The National Health Service does not cover some of the services you may require.  These services include examinations for fitness to participate in sports, pre-employment examinations and those for elderly drivers.  Certificates for private insurance and those specifically requested by employers also fall into this category, as do certain services offered in the Travel Clinic.

Please ask the Receptionist about these and she will be able to tell you what fee will be charged. 

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LANGUAGE BARRIERS

Those unable to speak and understand English are encouraged to come in with an English speaking friend or relative to translate; when this is not possible the surgery has access to interpretation services through Language Line (www.languageline.co.uk). Please advise reception that you need a double-appointment if your appointment will require a translator.

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