Local NHS Services
As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment. Before you do, remember that you can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. We suggest you keep the following:
- Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
- Mild laxatives
- Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
- Rehydration medicines
- Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
- Travel sickness tablets
- Sunscreen - SPF15 or higher
- Tweezers and sharp scissors
- A thermometer
- A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings.
- Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children
- Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
- Watch expiry dates - don't keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
- Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back too the pharmacy.
Your local pharmacist
Your local pharmacist will be able to give you free health advice at anytime - you don't need an appointment. Many pharmacies operate extended hours on a rota basis. Call NHS 111 for details.
NHS 111 offers free expert health information and advice 24-hours a day on 111. For deaf people and those hard of hearing a telephone service is available on 18001 111.
Accident and Emergency 999
Whatever the day or time, if you or someone else experiences severe chest pain, loss of blood or suspected broken bones, go to your nearest Accident and emergency department or call 999.
Accident and emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can assess serious injuries and provide emergency treatment.
Insurance, Medical Forms etc
If you require any form to be signed by the Doctor, please consult the receptionist initially, please note when our GP’s complete forms on your behalf, it is a service which is outside of General Medical Services, therefore the forms are completed in the GP’s own private time. On completion of these forms there will be a charge as per British Medical Association guidelines. Please refer to notice board opposite reception for a price list.
Your local CCG
The area served by Orchard House Practice is in the district covered by North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The CCG is responsible for ensuring you get all the services you need. For details of all health services in the area, look at the CCG website www.northcumbriaccg.nhs.uk