Until further guidance upload the attached letter if needed by patients who are asked to provide a medical certificate by employers when
self-isolating from the coronavirus crisis
The Practice will not provide Medical Certificates
Medical certificate information regarding Coronavirus
To cope with the extra demand of the telephone system we have added a mobile number 07591 378 705. The phone will be manned between 08.00 - 16.00.
For up to date information on the Coronavirus, click on the NHS website link below.
Please take care of yourselves and each other
Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The Chief Medical Officer has announced that the country is moving into the ‘Delay’ stage of the response to coronavirus from Friday, 13th March 2020.
The new advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is as follows:
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
a high temperature
a new continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
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
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Stay At Home advice can be found here
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
More information can be found on the NHS website here
The law around organ donation in England is changing
To find out more information on the change in the law, please visit organdonation.nhs.uk/opt-out
To find out more about your choices, including how to opt out visit organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 303 2094
Christmas and New Year - Prescription Ordering on Time
Please ensure you order your repeat prescriptions items in plenty of time for the holiday season. The health centre will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25th and 26th December 2019) and New Year's Day (1st January 2020). It is the patient's responsibility to ensure you order medications in a timely way, ensuring you leave enough time for both the health centre, and the pharmacy to process your prescription request. Please order your repeat medications at least one week before you require your medications.
Pneumonia Vaccinations Update - November 2019
Pneumonia vaccinations are not expected to be available to the health centre until April 2020. This is due to the supply by the manufacturer and restrictions placed upon us for ordering the vaccines.
Please have a look at our latest newsletter for the health centre with news about up and coming changes including a new telephone system and additional staff joining the team.
You can read our January 2020 newsletter
You can read our November 2019 newsletter here
You can read our October 2019 newsletter here.
Services Available from your GP Surgery
Your GP surgery team is made up of a range of healthcare professionals with the expertise to help you with your health needs.
Often the perception is that patients have to be treated by a doctor; however this is not always the case as doctors within your GP surgery are supported by a specialist team of nurses, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists and pharmacists. Find out more here....
Staff Training Half Day Closures
Please note that on the following dates the surgery will be closed from 12.30 pm for staff training. If medical assistance is required during these periods, please contact NHS 111
- Tuesday 11th February 2020
- Wednesday 11th March 2020
- Wednesday 29th April 2020
- Thursday 21st May 2020
- Tuesday 30th June 2020
- Wednesday 29th July 2020
- Wednesday 30th September 2020
- Thursday 29th October 2020
- Tuesday 24th November 2020
- Wedneday 16th December 2020
More appointments for GP services in the evenings, at weekends and bank holidays in your area
From 1 August 2018, your local NHS is introducing a wider range of times when most people living in Braintree Town, Chelmsford, Silver End and parts of the Colne Valley can get appointments at a GP practice.
Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is pleased to announce the local roll-out of national plans, called Extended Access, for appointments into the evening, at weekends and at bank holidays. Extended Access will allow people who might not be able to get to their GP surgery during normal ‘working hours’ to see nurse practitioners, GPs and healthcare assistants at other times.
The CCG has been working with GPs at Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery in Halstead and North Chelmsford Health Centre in Springfield, Chelmsford, to introduce appointments between at those two locations to patients registered at most practices in Braintree, Chelmsford, and the Colne Valley area from 1 August.
This is the start of a phased launch, with other parts of mid Essex getting Extended Access appointments in the autumn. Due to IT systems that differ from those at the Extended Access centres, people registered at Blandford House in Braintree or, in the Colne Valley, Brimpton House, Hilton House, the Castle Surgery or Coggeshall Surgery will not be able to book Extended Access appointments until 1 October.
From that date, appointments will also be available from two further hubs – Longfield Medical Centre in Maldon and another in the Braintree area currently being finalised. There should be no impact on appointments for patients registered at the practices offering Extended Access appointments due to the planning and extra resourcing for the project.
People wanting an Extended Access appointment book it through their own practice as they would any other appointment. Please note, these are not walk-in appointments – all appointments should be booked in advance, either online or through a person’s own GP practice. Appointment will be with the most appropriate clinician for their condition, which may be a nurse practitioner, paramedic, GP or other healthcare professional and may not be at your usual surgery
Patients can see any of the doctors by making an appointment by telephone, online or in person at reception. Home visits are done by the ‘on-call’ doctor for that day.
As well as the usual services of Practice Nurse, District Nurse, Health Visitor and Midwife, we have Phlebotomists to take blood samples.
We aim to provide friendly, 'person-centred' medicine, combining the best of old and new ideas. We wish to provide high quality care for all our patients and pride ourselves on the courtesy and efficiency of our staff.
(Site updated 26/03/2020)