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    We offer a range of clinics and services at the practice.

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    We offer home visits to patients who are housebound or too ill to attend the surgery.

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    Repeat prescriptions will be ready for collection within 48 hours.

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Welcome to Our Practice

My medical history was quickly access thanks to my care record.  My care record allows health and care professionals working directly with you to access your medical and social care information.  To find out more visit: www.mycarerecord.org.uk


Please see below a link to the Public Health England poster regarding the Coronavirus.




The surgery will be closed for staff training on the following date:

  • Thursday 26th March 2020 at 12.30

The surgery will reopen the following day at 8am. If you require medical assistance please attend the Walk-In Centre or telephone NHS 111. In cases of emergency please call 999.

Please find attached information of how to dispose of used sharps bins - please note that the surgery no longer accept these.

Disposal Sharps Boxes

Online Appointment Bookings

If you are booking an appointment via the Castle Gardens Medical Centre Patient online access website please make sure that you book into the site where you are registered.

If you are booking an appointment online for a Blood test, a Doctor or Nurse must of requested that you need to have a blood test taken. They will then arrange a blood test form for you and it will be here on the computer ready for when you come to the appointment. If you book an appointment and it has not been requested by a Clinician and no form has been organised you will not be able to have the test done and you will be required to re book at another time.

New Patients

Castle Gardens Medical Centre is currently accepting new patients. Please contact the surgery to ensure that you live within our catchment area before completing the registration forms.

Adult patients - please complete the GMS1 form, summary care record form and, adult health questionnaire


Adult Health Questionnaire

Summary Care Record

Child patients - please complete the GMS1 form, summary care record and, child health form and questionnaire


Under 16 Child Questionnaire

Summary Care Record

Please complete the relevant forms and bring these to the surgery with proof of identification and address. It takes approximately one week to fully register with the surgery and during this time we ask you to obtain sufficient medication from your current GP Surgery during this transition period.

Bank Holiday Closures 2019/20

25th December 2019 Wednesday Christmas Day
26th December 2019 Thursday Boxing Day
1st January Wednesday New Years Day
10th April Friday Good Friday
13th April Monday Easter Monday
8th May Friday May Day (VE Day)
25th May Monday Late May Bank Holiday
31st August Monday August Bank Holiday
25th December 2020 Friday Christmas Day
26th December 2020 Saturday Boxing Day
28th December 2020 Monday Substitute Day (for Boxing Day)

Please find attached the opening hours of local pharmacies over the Bank Holiday period.

Christmas and New Year Pharmacy Opening Hours 2019/2020

When We Are Closed

From 18.30 each weekday evening until 20.00 and at weekends and Bank Holidays, emergency medical cover is provided by the Extended Access Service  This is based at either the Rowhedge Surgery or the Healthcare Centre at The University Of Essex.  Please contact your own surgery to book these appointments.  Please be advised that the location of this service differs over the Christmas period.

Christmas Day - the clinic will be held at Rowhedge Surgery

Boxing Day - the clinic will be held at Rowhedge Surgery

New Years Day - the clinic will be held at Rowhedge Surgery.

For patients with minor illness or injury you can also attend The Urgent Treatment Centre located at The Colchester General Hospital.  This is open from 07:00 to 22:00 every day including bank holidays, no appointments are necessary.

The UTC is able to offer the following services:

  • Minor illness
  • Minor throat/chest infections
  • Minor stomach complaints
  • Urine infections
  • Earache and ear infection - Please note that the Centre does not offer ear irrigation (removal of wax
  • Skin complaints, including rashes, minor allergic reactions and insect bites/stings
  • Minor Injury
  • Minor wounds, bruising, swelling - please note that the Centre does not offer wound suturing
  • Minor head injury with no loss of consciousness or vomitting
  • Muscle, bone and joint injuries e.g. sprains, strains and soft tissue injury -
  • Dental advice - Please note that the Centre gives advice only and suggested pain relief
  • Eye problems e.g. infection, removal of foreign objects
  • Emergency Contraception and Advice
  • Smoking Cessation

These are just examples of the type of minor injuries and illnesses that can be assisted with at the UTC.

Please only attend the Accident and Emergency department if your problem requires urgent medical attention. Inappropriate attendance delays treatment for others who may need urgent assistance.

In a genuine emergency you should call 999.


The Practice is pleased to provide patients with access to its Clinical System via a Secure Web Interface.

You can book and cancel your appointments, request repeat medication and view your medical records online. To do this you need to register with the practice and obtain a password to enable you to access this service. Once your registration account is created you will need to come into the surgery with your passport or driving licence so that your account can be activated you will be able to use the system to book and cancel appointments, request repeat medication and view your medical records as required.

If you already have your password then you can click the link below to access Patient Access.

sign into patient access

Please take a look at what happens at our Patient Participation Group meetings - the latest minutes can be found used the Patient Group Heading.

Online Access is here!

Come to the surgery between 8.00am and 10.00am.

You are guaranteed to see a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner.

Please speak to Reception for further information.

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Castle Gardens Medical Centre

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Information from the Care Quality Commission

Our practice is inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to ensure we are meeting essential standards of quality and safety.

This widget provides a summary of the results of the latest checks carried out by the CQC.

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