Festive Opening Times

Over the Christmas and New Year period we will be closed from 18:30 on Friday 24th until 08:00 on Wednesday 29th December

We will be closed again from 18:30 Friday 31st December until 08:00 Tuesday 2nd January 2022

If you need medical help or assistance during this time please call NHS111

If you have a life threatening emergency please dial 999


The Surgery and Dispensary will be closing at 1pm on Thursday 24th February 2022 and re-opening at 8am on Friday 25th February 2022.  If you need medical assistance during this time please contact NHS111 or if you have a life threatening emergency please dial 999.

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

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Please be advised the next scheduled shutdowns are as follows:

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.


Dr David Oliver (m)

Dr David Oliver qualified from the University of Southampton in 1996, and did his GP vocational training in Salisbury, Wilts. He joined the Freshford Practice as a full-time partner in October 2004. He has special interests in dermatology and minor surgery. He is the senior partner.

Dr Kim Andrews (f)

Dr Kim Andrews graduated from Liverpool University in 2000. Subsequent to this, she completed hospital posts in Merseyside and Mid Essex before joining Freshwell Health Centre in 2003 as a Registrar. From 2004 until 2010 she worked as a clinical assistant at the Health Centre. In 2010 she was promoted to partner.  Her particular areas of interest include diabetes, gynaecology and contraception. She is also very keen to promote a low carbohydrate/real food diet and lifestyle change as a way of managing chronic disease

Dr William Walker (m)

Dr Walker qualified from Barts & The London Medical School in 2005 and then spent 3 years on the Chelmsford General Practitioner Vocational Training Scheme qualifiying in 2011. He has worked at Freshwell Health since 2011 and became a partner in October 2016.

Dr Ruth Stevenson (f)

Dr Ruth Stevenson qualified from Charing Cross and Westminister Medical School in 1999.  Following this she worked at The Chelsea and Westminister Hospital and also abroad.  She completed her GP training in Mid Essex.

Dr Samantha Low (f)

Dr Samantha Low qualified from Kings College London in 2009 and completed GP training in Manchester in 2016.  She joined Freshwell as a salaried GP in 2018.  She has a special interest in Medical Education and trains registrars (qualified doctors who are becoming GPs) at the surgery and regionally as a Mid Essex GP Training Programme Director.  She fits contraceptive coils and implants.  

Dr Laura Thorogood (f)

Dr Laura Thorogood graduated from the University of Southampton in 2006 and completed her GP vocational scheme training in Surrey. She has been working locally since 2011, joining Freshwell Health Centre in 2021.  Dr Thorogood has an interest in women's health, menopause and contraception. She fits contraceptive implants.

Dr Sameen Hreiz (f)

Dr Sameen Hreiz MD, BSc, DRCOG, completed a BSc Biomedical Science degree in 2008 before qualifying in Medicine in 2015. Following this she worked in a number of hospital posts around the UK before starting her GP training in Mid Essex in 2019. She gained the DRCOG - Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in October 2020 and has an interest in Women’s Health. She joined Freshwell Health Centre in August 2021 as a Registrar.

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