The Orchard Surgery
Horseshoes Lane, Langley, Maidstone, ME17 3JY
Tel: 01622-863030
Fax:
Email: gp.g82691@nhs.net
If you have an appointment at the practice please remember to bring a covering for your mouth and nose.

If you have had covid
Antibodies in your blood plasma have helped you recover and NHS Blood and Transplant need patients who have recovered from covid to donate their plasma.
COULD YOU HELP SOMEONE RECOVER?
To find out more, or if you think you could help call 0300 123 23 23 or visit https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/.../plasm.../who-can-donate-plasma/
This medical trial particularly needs male donors age 18-65
******************* UPDATED 09/02/2021 ***************
If you are over 70 and we haven't been in touch please contact the practice! (other groups please don't call us!)



Text messages are being sent as part of a national campaign to encourage people without symptoms to have a test. this is voluntary and there is no need to contact the surgery
Second Covid 19 vaccinations are now planned for 11 weeks after the first (same time and place as your first), we will be in touch nearer the time to confirm


We have joined with our neighbouring practices in the Ridge Primary Care Network [PCN] and are vaccinating our patients against COVID19.
Please do not contact the surgery as eligible patients will be contacted according to the priority groups defined by the government. The vaccination clinics are held at the Glebe Medical Centre in Harrietsham and will be
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Due to the nature of the vaccine and the regulations around storage we are not able to host the clinics here at the surgery
NHSE have advised that to be able to offer the most people a vaccination, the second injection will take place 11 weeks after the first.

NHS England have specified the groups of patients who will be vaccinated and the order the vaccine will be offered to them.
 

The Government has defined the priority groups for vaccination as follows-
1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2 all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. all those 75 years of age and over
4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5. all those 65 years of age and over
6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7. all those 60 years of age and over
8. all those 55 years of age and over
9. all those 50 years of age and over
It is estimated that taken together, these groups represent around 99% of preventable mortality from COVID-19.

For more information visit
 https://www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/coronavirus/covid19vaccine

Coronavirus
The guidance has changed.

What can I do that I couldn’t do before?
With the new guidelines, and the introduction of local lock down levels, the govenment have updated information for the shielding patients 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Please do not contact the surgery to ask for a letter of exemption for face-coverings in shops and on public transport, instead visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own#exemptions-to-wearing-a-face-covering-where-they-are-mandated for information

Taken from the Gov.uk website where further advice is available   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

 

If your employer asks for a sick note visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice  Click on 'get isolation note' Halfway down the page in green. When you have answered the questions and reference number will be emailed to you which is the sick note. Click here for advice if you have to stay at home: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if: 

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home 
  • Your condition gets worse 
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days 
https://111.nhs.uk/  - ONLY call 111 if you cannot get help online. 

The lastest information on symptoms of cornavirus infection can be found on http://nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
 
DO NOT GO TO A GP SURGERY, PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL 
 
Please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for more information. 
 

 

 
 



 

Advice for parents during coronavirus 


Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children in it rarely serious. if your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself. 
Whilst is it extremely important to follow Goverment advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child in unwell or injured. Remember NHS 111, GP's and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Here is some advice to help: 

If your child had any of the following: 

  • Becomes pale, mottled and feels abormally cold to touch
  • Has pauses in their breathing (apnoeas), has an irregular breathing pattern or starts grunting 
  • Severe diffuculty in breathing becoming agitated or unresponsive
  • Is going blue around the lips 
  • Has a fit/seizure
  • Becomes extremely distressed (crying inconsolably despite distraction), confused, very lethargic(difficult to wake) or unresponsive 
  • Develops a rash that does no disappear with pressure (the 'glass test')
  • Has testicular pain, especially in teenage boys
You need urgent help: 
Go to you nearest A&E or dial 999 

 
If your child has any of the following: 
  • Is finding it hard to breathe including drawing in of the muscles below their lower ribs, at their neck or between their ribs (recession) or head bobbing
  • Seems dehydrated (dry mouth, sunken eyes, no tears, drowsy or passing less urine than usual)
  • Is becoming drowsy (excessvely sleepy) or irrtiable (unable to settle them with toys, TV, food or picking up) - especially if they remain drowsy or irritable despite their fever coming down
  • Has extreme shivering or complains of muscle pain 
  • Babies under 3 months of age with temperature above 38'C/102.2'F 
  • Infants 3-6 months of age with temperature above 39'C/102.2'F
  • For all infants and children with fever above 38'C for more than 5 days 
  • Is getting worse or if you are worried 
  • Has persistent vomiting and/or persistent servere abdominal pain 
  • Has blood in their poo or wee
  • Any limb injury causing reduced movement, persistent pain or head injury causing persisten cyring or drowsisness 
You need to contact a doctor or nurse today:
Please ring your GP surgery or call NHS 11 by dialing 111

The NHS is wokring for you.
However, we recognise during the current coronavirus crisis at
peak times, access to a health care professional may be delayed.
If symptoms persist for 4 hours 
or more and you have not been able to speak to either a GP or 111. then take your child to A&E 
If none of the above features are present: 
  • You can continue to provide your child care at home. Information is also available on NHS Choices
  • Additional advice is available to families for coping with crying to well babies 
  • Additional advice is available for children with complex health needs and disabilities 
Self Care
Continue providing yor child's care at home. If you are still concerned about your child, Ring your GP Surgery or Dial 111. 
Your GP is still here for you
 


Websites offering emotional well-being and support
 
Childline (Free confidential help and advice for any Under 18 years old, whatever the worry) 

Domestic Violence and Abuse Support (Contact Refuge for your rights, options and support)

ICON (Babies cry: You can cope. Advice and support for parents coping with a crying baby) 

MIND (Mental Health Support with specific advice on 'Coronavirus and your wellbeing') 

NSPCC Helpline (Worried about a child, unsure? Contact professional counsellors for help, advice and support) 

  • Call 0808 800 500

Samaritians (Resources and help for all ages) 

  • https://www.samaritans.org/
  • Call 116 123

Young Minds (Supports children, young people. parents and carers with their mental health and well-being) 

Websites offering advice on keeping fit, physical well-being
Free 30 day Yoga course 

Herts sports partnership (Workout from home) 

Superbetter (Builds personal resilence and boosts physical and emotional wellbeing)

The Football Association (Staying fit at home)

  • http://www.thefa.com/get-involved/footballs-staying-home

21 best home exercises for men (Workout from home)