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FLU VACCINES ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SURGERY

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What happens at Breast Screening?

(See video at further information section)

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ROTA CHEMIST DETAILS see further information link

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IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY PLEASE CONTACT THE OUT-OF-HOURS GP.

02838 399201

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PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP (PPG) - Are you interested in joining this group? Please contact the Practice Manager.

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FLU VACCINES 

If you have not had your Flu Vaccine yet please contact reception to arrange an appointment with our Practice Nurse.  If have any questions about whether you are entitled to receive a flu vaccine, please ring and speak to the Practice Manager. 

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PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY AT RECEPTION

To improve patient confidentiality we have recently purchased a rope barrier and respectfully ask patients to stand back behind the barrier until the person in front of you has been dealt with by reception staff.

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NON N.H.S. SERVICES A detailed list is displayed at reception.  Your G.P. is contracted only for N.H.S. services there will be occasions when certificates etc will be charged for. (see Clinics & Services for further info) or speak to our Practice Manager

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ACCESS TARGETS

It is our aim to see all patient's within 48 hours.  To help us acheive this target reception staff will ask you for a short reason for your appointment.  This information will enable us to prioritise our day. If you are not comfortable to provide this information you will not be forced.

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ARE YOU A CARER?

Welcome to the Orchard Family Practice

THE NHS ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

The practice operates the NHS Zero Tolerance Policy to safeguard staff and patient welfare. Our Team will always show respect & courtesy when dealing with Patients. In turn, we would require Patients to do the same. No form of racism or aggression whether verbal or physical in nature, towards staff or patients, will be tolerated & will result in the Patient being removed from the surgery list.

PRACTICE HISTORY

The Orchard Family Practice has its roots in two established Portadown practices.  Dr Paul McConnell was appointed to his practice in 1982, after many years in which patients had seen several changes of doctors following the death of Dr Eamon Fleming in 1957.

Dr James Mathews established his own practice on the Killycomaine Road in Portadown in 1949 and then moved to Portadown Health Centre in 1972 and was joined by his son Dr Colin Mathews in 1985.  In 1988 Dr Paul McConnell and the Mathews Practice merged and welcomed Dr Trish Carson, Dr Colin's wife, to the team.

After 45 year in practice Dr James fully retired in 1994 and then Dr McConnell retired in 2008.  It was at this time that Dr Stephen McCluskey joined the team and became a partner in 2009.  The practice then moved to our new Portadown Health & Care Centre in April 2010.

In March 2012, Dr Carson's invaluable contribution to the practice ended with her sad and untimely death on the 22nd March, at age 56.

Following some time spent as a locum within the practice Dr Claire Williamson joined the team in April 2013 as a partner.

Dr Anna McKeag also joined the team in 2013 as a part-time salaried G.P. and we are very happy to announce that she has since joined the team as a Partner in December 2016

Dr Colin Mathews 31 years of contribution to Primary Care in Portadown ended in July 2016 when he retired from General Practice, both patients and staff attended his farewell event on Saturday 25th June 2016 (Article - Portadown Times). Additional local article of interest Mathews Family GP's

We all wish him the very best of good health and happiness in his retirement. 

Dr Anna Haslett has recently joined our team as a Salaried GP working 5 sessions per week.

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