Services

Orchard Surgery is a general medical practice that works within the National Health Service.  The doctors and practice nurse are there to help you understand your symptoms and to provide access to a full range of diagnostic services, both within the surgery and at hospital clinics.

We offer screening and advice to help prevent disease, chiefly when new patients register, but also for patients with particular concerns.

We work with midwives and health visitors to monitor health during pregnancy and early childhood, identify and treat problems as they arise and offer vaccinations in line with government recommendations.
The practice offers continuing care for chronic illnesses (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, thyroid disease, and kidney disease), working closely with other health care workers, and sometimes alongside hospital outpatient departments.

A full range of family planning services is available.  This includes free condoms, hormonal contraception (the pill), intrauterine contraception (coil) fitting, and cap fitting. 

We also offer preconception counselling and menopause counselling.

Minor surgical procedures, wound dressings, and treatments for warts and other skin lumps are available at the practice by prior arrangement.

The practice nurse offers vaccinations and advice for travellers (please try to make your appointment at least 6 weeks before embarkation) and we provide influenza vaccinations in the autumn for elderly people and others at particular risk from this disease. 

Smoking cessation help and advice is offered by all our clinicians and/or appointments can be made to attend the local Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service.

Independent, private chiropody services can be accessed at the practice.

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Repeat Prescriptions

Many people maintain their health with the help of prescribed medicines.  We offer repeat prescriptions, usually for 28 day intervals, in line with government guidance.  Please send, bring, or fax in requests, allowing 2 working days for the new prescription to be prepared.  We do not accept requests over the telephone as this may increase the risk of error.  Patients are also welcome to sign up to our email system for prescription requests.


Prescriptions can be collected up from the surgery, sent to your home address (please supply a stamped addressed envelope), or sent to one of the local pharmacies.

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Medical Certificates

Employers should accept self-certification forms (available from personnel departments or from our reception staff) for absences of up to 7 days.  A medical certificate from your doctor is only necessary if your illness lasts longer than 7 days.  Private certificates for shorter periods incur a fee.  We cannot issue certificates for patients we have not seen about their illness.

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Medical Examinations

We conduct examinations for insurance purposes, employment, and for particular activities (driving heavy goods vehicles or public service vehicles, diving, etc).  The fees for these vary; some may be paid by your employer or insurance company - check when you make your appointment.  A list of fees is available at the surgery.





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