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.

Routine Appointments

You can see your doctor during surgery times by making an appointment with reception.

The Medical Centre is open from 8.00am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday.  Please contact the receptionist either by telephone on 01473 213261 or by calling into the Surgery.

We are asked by the Department of Health to offer appointments for a health care professional within 24 hours and a doctor within 48 hours.  Whilst we do continue to offer booking beyond 48 hours this requirement does mean that the options are more limited than before.

Same Day Appointments

A health care professional will see and assess you within 24 hours if you feel this is needed.  However, you may not be able to see your usual doctor.  Timing for routine appointments does not include Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays.  Should you find it difficult to attend a weekday appointment, you maybe able to book for a Saturday morning clinic with a Doctor.

GP+ extended Hours Appointments

GP+ Appointments Suffolk GP+ is for people who urgently need a doctor’s appointment or are unable to see their GP during normal GP hours.

Appointments can be made via Reception during our usual opening hours. Please note cannot refer themselves to this service.

The service is staffed by local Suffolk GPs and Nurse Practitioners in Ipswich, Felixtowe, Stowmarket, Leiston and Wickham Market and is an NHS service delivered by the Suffolk GP Federation.

You will be given a booked appointment and will be seen by a suitable local GP or nurse who will have access to your medical records (once consent is given).

Telephone Advice

We take urgent calls at any time; otherwise we will phone patients back at a convenient time or after surgery.  Very often a telephone consultation with a doctor can avoid the need for a trip to the surgery.

Please leave your telephone number and brief details about the call with our receptionist and a doctor will phone you back.


There may be times when you would feel more comfortable with a chaperone in the room during your consultation with the doctor.  If this is the case please do not hesitate to ask, your doctor will be happy to arrange this immediately.


Those unable to speak and understand English are encouraged to come in with an English speaking friend or relative to translate; when this is not possible the surgery has access to interpretation services through Language Line ( Please advise reception that you need a double-appointment if your appointment will require a translator.

Cancelling Appointments

If you are unable to keep an appointment please let us know so that it can be made available for another patient.  If you are late for your appointment you may be asked to rebook for another time in order to minimise waiting for other patients.  For training purposes telephone calls to and from Reception may be monitored.

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