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WHITSUN BANK HOLIDAY - Coggeshall Surgery is closed on Monday 25 May 2020 - Please ring the surgery line on 01376 561242 for out of hours information - NHS 111 or Extended GP Hours at North Chelmsford Health Centre on Saturday and Sundays ONLY between 8am and 8pm

Wuhan Novel Coronavirus

All travellers who develop relevant symptoms (fever or cough or shortness of breath), however mild, within 14 days of returning from mainland China, should self-isolate at home immediately and call NHS 111.

All travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province should self-isolate for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, due to the increased risk from that area.

Any concerns that you may have been exposed to or become infected with the novel coronavirus you should phone NHS 111 and NOT attend the GP surgery, Pharmacy or hospital Emergency Department unless you are seriously ill.

Your Medicines, Your NHS

Did you know every year in mid Essex an estimated £2 million of unused medicines are wasted?

In March 2019 the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group launched a new campaign around reducing the amount of local medicine waste.

This waste means that people living in mid Essex do not benefit from additional services or treatments that this money could have been better spent on. The £2 million wasted on medicines each year could pay for 566 new hips, 139 more breast cancer drug treatment courses for or 61 more community nurses.

When patients receive medicines that are not intended for them or that have been discontinued, there is also a safety risk in that the medicine may be inadvertently taken by somebody else or taken by the patient without realising it is no longer required. So reducing the wastage of medicines benefits patients from a safety perspective as well as a cost perspective.

That’s why they have launched a campaign called ‘Your Medicines, Your NHS’ to make the public aware of all the big costs involved in prescriptions.

In the first phase of the campaign patients are being encouraged to open their prescription bag in the pharmacy and see if they still need all items in the bag, and if not to hand surplus items back to pharmacy staff before leaving. (If you notice you have surplus after you have left the pharmacy it cannot be returned for use by anyone else, even if it hasn’t been opened.) Patients can reorder the surplus items next time if they still need them.

Paula Wilkinson, Chief Pharmacist for Mid Essex CCG, said: “We are encouraging everyone to reduce medicines wastage. Things can change between putting in your request for repeat medicines and when you collect them and although you are taking your medicines as prescribed stocks may build up. So play your part – ‘Open the Bag’ and hand back any medicines that you do not need.

“The public can get involved by making a pledge to support the campaign or by sending out social media messages with relevant hashtags.’

The official hashtag is #YourMedicinesYourNHS – if you would like to support this campaign please tweet @MidEssexCCG using the official hashtag




NB appropriate bookings with doctors include
Suspected illness
Follow up to previous appointment/lab results
Medication review.
Appropriate bookings with nurse:
Childhood/baby immunisations.
Pill check
Dressings, removal of sutures
Ear syringe
Suspected urinary infection
Travel immunisation
Chronic disease management
Minor surgery, coil removal or insertion CANNOT be booked online
If you need medical help outside surgery hours please ring 01376 561242 and you will be given the out of hours number for NHS 111 which is 111.  For real emergencies use Accident and Emergency.
Please try and use NHS services wisely, thank you.
STOP SMOKING CAMPAIGN - Provide the community service provider are working with the practice and will be contacting patients in regard to stop smoking.  If you need any help with stopping smoking Castle Pharmacy in Coggeshall also have their own advisors.


    • You will be treated as a partner in the care and attention you receive. Being a partner means that we have responsibilities to each other. Help us to help you.

    • You will be treated as an individual and will be given courtesy and respect at all times, irrespective of your ethnic origin, religious belief, personal attributes or the nature of your health problems.

    • Staff will maintain your right to privacy and not discuss your illness with other staff or doctors within hearing distance of other people.

    • When hospital reports and results become available you have a right to a full explanation of your illness or any tests carried out.

    • Staff will identify themselves and their role within the practice on request.  

    • We will try to ensure that you are seen within a reasonable time. Where this is not possible you will receive an explanation for the delay on request, if we have not already informed you.

    • If you need a repeat prescription, one will be provided within 24 hours of your request excluding Bank Holidays and week-ends.

    • On request you will be offered an appointment to see a doctor in the practice within two working days (if you ask for a named doctor it may take longer.)

    • We are aware that both our full time Doctors are female but if a patient specifically wanted to see a male Doctor the practice has an agreement with other local practices where this can be arranged.

    • If you request a home visit or out of hours house call the doctor or his qualified deputy will make the decision whether to give advice over the telephone or visit. Lack of transport in itself is not a reason for a home visit.

    • If you have any complaints or concerns relating to the practice, its staff or the services offered please contact the Doctors or Practice Manager who will provide a timely response to them.


    • We ask that you treat the doctors and the practice staff with the same courtesy and respect at all times.

    • The doctors have instructed the receptionists to ask certain questions so that they may deal with your request in accordance with the doctors’ practice policy.

    • You must tell us if there is anything you do do not understand.

    • Please follow the doctor's advice and take the full course of any medicine which may be prescribed.

    • Please let us know if you change any of your personal details or your address

    • If you cannot keep an appointment please let us know as soon as possible – this may enable someone else to be seen.

    • Please try to arrive on time. If we are running late please do not blame the receptionist. Repeated failure to attend appointments with no explanation may result in removal from the practice list.

    • Please order repeat prescriptions in advance.

    • Do not expect a prescription every time you see the doctor – they are often not necessary.

    • You are advised to accept any invitations for health screening issued by the practice

    • Before requesting a home visit, think seriously whether it is necessary. When requesting a visit please contact the surgery by 11.00am unless a genuine emergency arises later.

    • Out of hours visits should only be requested in an emergency, not for minor illness which can wait until the next morning.

    • Please avoid calling the practice during the peak morning period for non-urgent matters.

    • Please read the practice leaflet. This will help you to get the best out of the service we offer.

    • Children must be supervised by a responsible adult whilst on the surgery premises. They may NOT be left in the Waiting Room unsupervised.

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