Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

What to do if you need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

Antibody testing is being rolled out in Suffolk and North East Essex in a safe and phased way. It has begun within our hospitals.  We will keep you updated as to when this test is available to wider staff and patient groups.  Meanwhile, please may we request that you do not ask your GP about availability.  Please also note that as this is a new disease we don’t yet know if having antibodies means you are immune. 

Travel Vaccinationsglobal air travel

Our trained nursing staff are available to give advice to anyone (our patients only) planning to travel abroad.  The clinics are a way for you to learn about potential health risks overseas.

Please contact reception for an appointment at the Travel Clinic at least 2 months before your holiday if you need immunisation.  Adequate time is needed for immunisations to become effective.

if you require Malaria tablets there will be a £12 fee (per person) to issue. Please be aware not all vaccinations are covered on the NHS and may require payment.

Please fill out a travel form and bring to the surgery before booking your appointment, these can be found below:

Travel Form (for Orchard Medical Practice patients only)

Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.

This practice is no longer registered to administer Yellow Fever vaccinations - you will be able to access these through dedicated travel clinics

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