Orchard Medical Practice is part of the East Ipswich Primary Care Network (PCN).  We work closely with Ravenswood Medical Practice and Dr Solway, Mallick & Roy Practice.  We jointly employ and share a number of staff who work across all three practices, currently those staff  employed by the PCN, consist of Paramedics, Pharmacists and Social Prescribers - By working together closely we aim to learn good practice from each other to Improve our services and access to healthcare for the 36000 patients that live locally and are registered with our practices.  

The long term objective is to continually improve and develop our teams in a way that only working at scale can achieve.  This means for you the patient, that we aim to have a wider range of expert practitioners within our teams enabling you to consult with the most appropriate person.  

As the PCN develops we will keep you updated as to any significant changes that may affect the way our services are delivered.

Patient Home Monitoring

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Record

  • Take blood pressure 3 times, at least 1 minute apart
  • Write down lowest 2 readings
  • Take blood pressure twice a day, ideally in the morning and evening
  • Take blood pressure for 4 days

Diabetic At Home Foot Check -Ipswich Touch Test/ Touch The Toes Test

This test helps you feel for sensation changes in your feet.

You can do the test at home to check the sensitivity (or feeling) in your feet. Sensitivity is one way in which your body alerts you to other problems. 

Pain or throbbing tells you when you’ve hurt yourself. In the case of feet, pain can happen because of a burn, blister, cut, ulcer or even problems with your shoes. Because you feel it, you can act quickly and get the right treatment.

Why you should do the test

If you have diabetes and lose some feeling in your feet, you may not feel that you’ve been hurt. That could mean it’s not treated quickly enough which could lead to serious infections or ulcers. In the worst cases, it leads to amputation.

Maybe you know that you have less sensation in some parts of your feet? In this case, you need to check your feet every day by looking over them.

How to do the test

It’s quick and easy to do. But you need someone there to help who’ll touch your toes and write down the results. Tell them it’ll only take a couple of minutes.

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