Practice Mission Statement
"To maintain and if able, improve the health and wellbeing of those Patients for whom we care"
COVID-19 Spring Boosters (updated 26.04.2022)
Patients who are eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster can make appointment via nhs website or by calling 119.
Link to the national booking system:
Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
If any patients are struggling to book their appointment, please contact the CCG Central Referral Team (CRS - open Mon – Fri, 8am – 6pm) who will be able to help, and not the GP practice.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact number: 0300 123 0771
Patient self-booking for routine blood tests
The acute trust self-booking service (via Swiftqueue) for routine blood tests are accepting bookings for the four mid Essex centres (at Broomfield Hospital, St Michael’s in Braintree, St Peter’s in Maldon and the Chelmsford Central Health Hub).
Community Transport are able to offer free transport to anyone who needs it to access their coronavirus booster vaccination.
Community Transport can be reached on 01376 557883 Monday to Friday 8.30 to 17.00 or via email: email@example.com
Important Practice Information
Aggressive and/or Abusive behaviour
We have been experiencing numerous face-to-face requests at the reception for appointments since we opened the front doors, though we had informed patients that appointments need to be made either online or over the phones.
Please note that when we have exhausted the available appointments for the day, an automated message would play to let you know that we have run out of appointments. This shall help avoid patients waiting on the phones and allow people with emergencies get through faster.
We have had several instances where patients have come down to the surgery for appointments. Some patients have come to the desk soon after they had a telephone conversation with the staff a while ago, assuming that they may get appointments if they are at the desk. However, this is not the case. All available appointments are presented to the patients over the phone and if the appointments are gone for the day, there won't be any available for that day.
Recently we had instances where patients have been aggressive and abusive at the window and over the phone.
Please be assured that we are doing everything we can during these challenging times to cater to the needs of our patients. We are here to help as much as we can within our capabilities and therefore, please be polite to our staff. We follow a Zero Tolerance policy in our practice and therefore please be aware that we shall not tolerate any abusive or aggressive behaviour to our staff.
Surgery Closed for Staff Training 2022 - 2023
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.
Thursday 19th May 2022
Wednesday 29th June 2022
Tuesday 19th July 2022
Wednesday 28th September 2022
Thursday 20th October 2022
Tuesday 29th November 2022
Thursday 15th December 2022
Tuesday 28th February 2023
Thursday 23rd March 2023
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.
Pharmacy Opening Times Spring Bank Holidays 2022
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