The Surgery and Dispensary will be closing at 1pm on Thursday 16th December 2021 and re-opening at 8am on Friday 17th December 2021.  If you need medical assistance during this time please contact NHS111 or if you have a life threatening emergency please dial 999.

If you have an appointment for a flu jab on this day please attend the surgery at your allocated appointment time as we will be open for these appointments only. 

We are sorry but we will be unable to assist with any other medical or prescription query on this afternoon.  

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Please be advised the next scheduled shutdowns are as follows:

Thursday 16th December 2021

Thursday 24th February 2022

Wednesday 30th March 2022

Secondary use of GP Data Opt Out

If you wish to opt-out of any potential secondary use of your GP data please download and complete the form we have here Type 1 Opt Out letter

Please note that this is for medical data which may be shared with third parties. Your Summary Care Record will not be affected by this and will still be shared with hospitals and other NHS care providers only, unless you want to opt out from that too. Download that here Summary Care Record Opt In/Opt out

Please send these forms to the surgery by post or by hand or email to

Collection of GP Data NHS Digital released a statement last month regarding the launch of the new system they will be using to collect GP data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service. The statement highlights that NHS Digital will only share data with organisations who have a legal basis and meet strict criteria to use it for local, regional and national planning, policy development, commissioning, public health and research purposes. They have also developed a public advice webpage to explain how and why the data is being used.

Community Support in the Braintree District

Click on the Community Support 360 link below to read about community support available to you  - community transport, Essex Wellbeing Service, Citizens Advice, Foodbanks etc

Community Support Information

Social Prescribing is now at Freshwell Health Centre.


What is Social Prescribing?

Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, Social Prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.

Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs.  The extent to which we have control over our lives, have good social connections and live in healthy, safe neighbourhoods are all important influences on health.

It seeks to address people’s needs across a number of areas such as physical activity, diet and nutrition, mental health and social support. It is often referred to as a ‘more than medicine’ approach to health and wellbeing.



Meet Oliver, a 56 year old man who had a stroke 6 months ago.

The stroke affected Oliver's speech and mobility slightly.

He's felt isolated since and lacks social connections due to his family living in another city.

Oliver needs help with motivation to keep up exercising.

Oliver is also experiencing symptoms of mild depression and anxiety.


How to refer in to Social prescribing clinic


You can self-refer via the Reception team, or by calling/emailing the Social prescribing Link Worker.

Your GP may refer you after discussing during your appointment

A range of other people may refer you to the service from other organisations, such as Social Services, Housing Associations, Fire & Rescue, Hospitals etc.


The service is Free of charge and confidential.  The support you will access is tailored to your needs.  You may be part of a linked service, where you are being looked after by several people, such as GP, Health Coach and Social Prescriber.  Your support will be tailored to incorporate all levels of care you require for maximum benefit to you.


Should you wish to discuss anything further, or refer in to the service, please contact;

Teresa Sparks

Social Prescribing Link Worker

Phone: 07580 911197



Or click on the link

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