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23rd March 2015

The walk-in service on the Springfield Sainsbury’s site in Chelmsford will be closing on 31st March.The GP practice on site will remain open as usual.

If the surgery is closed you can arrange to see a local out of hours GP by calling NHS 111.You can also visit your local pharmacy. Your pharmacist will be able to offer advice on prescription medications, as well as a range of common problems, including colds, women’s health, skin conditions, allergies and aches and pains.To find your nearest pharmacy visit

Please remember, A&E is for serious and life-threatening illness, injury and accidents only.

20th March 2015

We were sad to say goodbye to Mary Joy, one of our Practice Nurses, this week. She has worked at the surgery for many years and her expertise and caring nature will be missed by staff and patients alike. We wish her a long and happy retirement.

31st January 2015

If you would like to view the plans for the changes to our building please see the display in our waiting room or click here to visit the Braintree Planning website.

31st Janaury 2015

 If you would like to see a summary of the actions we have taken since the last patient survey in 2014 please click here.

8th January 2015.

We have set up a new way for patients to provide feedback to us about the care they receive at Freshwell Health Centre. This is via the iwantgreatcare website. If you would like to provide some feedback please click on the link and follow the instructions. It only takes a few minutes. Patient feedback is useful in allow us to develop our services and staff. Thank you.

29th December 2014

In January the Government scheme to allow patients to register at a practice outside of their home area will commence. This is a scheme that practices can choose to opt into. In order to avoid additional workload which may compromise the care we provide for our in-area patients, we have decided not to sign up to this scheme. For more information on the Government scheme go to



November 2014

Our new on-line services 'SystmOnline' are now up and running where you can order your repeat medication and book a routine appointment with a doctor

17th November 2014

Due to the change of our Computer Clinical System, The "EMIS / Patient  Access" on-line service is no longer in use.

19th September 2014

We are changing our clinical computer system at the end of October 2014.  Please help us to avoid delays for patients needing repeat medication.  If you are likely to need a repeat prescription before the end of October please order by Tuesday 21st October and if possible allow a full week before collecting your medication. 

The dispensary will be open as normal for collections and urgent prescriptions.


2nd June 2014

Tour de France will be coming to Essex on 7th July 2014. The road outside the surgery will be closed from 7.30am until 4.00pm with no vehicle access but the surgery will remain open. For more information about healthcare on the day please read our information sheet Patient_information.rtf.

18th February 2014

We have now received 250 completed questionnaires and are analysing the results. Thank you to all the patients who completed one. If further copies are received, these will be reviewed by the partners but will not be included in the analysis for 2013-14.

4th February 2014

We are currently distributing our Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire. If you would like to complete a copy please click here. Instructions for returning completed questionnaires are on the back page.

Important Change to Ordering Repeat Medication from 1st March 2014.   Please click here for instructions. 

Welcome to Freshwell Health Centre

Freshwell_PracticeWelcome to the Freshford Practice. We are a six doctor dispensing practice providing medical services to about 6,700 patients living in the mainly rural area surrounded by the conurbations of Braintree, Great Dunmow and Haverhill.

We are based in the Freshwell Health Centre situated in the village of Finchingfield and have had a longstanding close relationship with our local community. We are lucky to be supported by the community through the C.R.E.A.M.E.R. Fund.

This medical practice endeavours to provide the best services to our patients as close to the community as possible.

This surgery website is used to present all our patients with up to date news and information about our practice. We will keep it current with any developments or other details that we feel are relevant to you.

The Freshwell Health Centre confidentially records telephone calls for Medico-Legal and Quality Purposes.

Click the SYSTMONLINE word below to access our on-line services


(Site updated 23/03/2015)
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