Surgery Closed for Staff Training
All GP practices in Mid-Essex will be closed from 12.30pm on the dates below. The closures are for staff training. Mid-Essex CCG will be providing out-of-hours care for our patients from 12:00 until 18:30. If you require medical care during the hours that we are closed please call NHS 111 who will make an appointment with the out-of hours provider where necessary.
Wednesday 28th April 2021
COVID-19 VACCINATIONS (updated 09.04.21)
Our Practice is not a designated COVID Vaccination Centre and therefore we cannot offer the vaccine ourselves.
We are working with Danbury Medical Centre who will be providing vaccinations to our registered patients. We strongly encourage our patients to accept appointments offered by them.
Danbury Medical Centre are contacting our eligible patients in order of priority. Please do not telephone them directly.
They are accepting email enquiries which can be sent to email@example.com
Patients will be able to book appointments for COVID vaccination through the national booking service which can be accessed at
Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
The NHS has not provided patient transport services to vaccination centres. Patients who cannot drive themselves are being encouraged to seek support from family or friends to get to their appointment.
Alternatively, patients can call Chelmsford Community Transport (Monday – Friday between 9am – 2:30pm) run by volunteers, who may be able to assist. Please visit http://chelmsfordct.org/ or call 01245 477789
JVCI issues new advice on COVID19 vaccination for pregnant women
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises that it’s preferable for pregnant women in the UK to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines where available.
There is no evidence to suggest that other vaccines are unsafe for pregnant women, but more research is needed.
More information is available at:
MHRA and JCVI announcement regarding AstraZeneca Vaccine and next steps
If you are under the age of 30 with no underlying health conditions, it is preferable for you to be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, if available.
If you are offered the AstraZeneca vaccine, you should consider the benefits and risks outlined in the following publication:
Important Practice Information
Appointments During the COVID Pandemic
To keep our patients and workforce safe, we will aim to manage your health needs without you having to attend the surgery in person. Most appointments will be telephone consultations; if the clinician feels it is necessary, you will be invited to attend Sidney House Surgery at Hatfield Peverel.
We are not be offering face-to-face appointments at The Laurels Surgery (Boreham). Some routine procedures may need to be postponed, or offered with an alternative provider, such as through the extended access service.
We understand that this is a difficult time for our patients, and that it can be frustrating to keep up with and adapt to the changes in the way health services are offered. We thank you for your understanding and patience as we strive to keep everyone safe.
Prescriptions and Medication
Due to minimising patient contact at the surgery and also our local pharmacies, paper script requests will no longer be taken. We are asking patients to sign up for online services to request your repeat medication. GP's are working to ensure that repeat medications are up dated without any non-essential delay. To ensure that we provide a safe and accessible service we are asking all patients to nominate a pharmacy. You can do this through your usual pharmacy.
We encourage all patients to order their own medicines. Ordering online is the easiest and safest way by the following methods:
- Via your SystmOne Online account (if you don't have an account please phone reception to set it up)
- Download and use the NHS app. https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/
- Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- NHS Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) service – patient with stable, regular repeat medicines can receive batches of medication that can be dispensed once a month. Please speak to a member of the dispensary team or to your usual pharmacy to see if you are eligible for this.
If the above are not an option for your please speak to the dispensary or reception for further advice.
The Dispensary is OPEN and medication can be collected. Please knock on the window at the far right of the front of the building.
"To maintain and if able, improve the health and wellbeing of those Patients for whom we care"