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           DR WOOD            

We sincerely regret having to inform you all that Dr Ted Wood has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and will therefore be taking long term sick leave from the surgery, officially retiring in December 2014.

Dr Wood has been a GP Partner here for the past 20 years and will be sorely missed by his peers, staff and indeed his patients. As you can appreciate this is an extremely difficult time for Dr Wood and his family, but i'm sure you will join us in sending them all strength and support at this very sad time.

There will be a box with blank cards left in reception should you wish to send any messages to Dr Wood which we will pass on to him on your behalf.


We are sure you will join us in congratulating Dr Sodha on the birth of her baby boy! Dr Kumar will be continue to cover for Dr Sodha while she is on maternity leave.




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A five Doctor GP surgery in the village of Writtle, just outside Chelmsford in Essex.

 The surgery telephone lines are open throughout our normal working hours of

8:00 am - 6:30 pm Monday to Friday.

We are closed on weekends and Bank Holidays. If you require medical attention during the time we are closed then please phone 111.


If you have arranged with the surgery to use EMIS Access and wish to order a repeat medicine or book an appointment on line click this link:  

EMIS Access


The surgery doors are open from 08:15 am to 6:00 pm. Appointments are for 10 minutes and are available during the hours listed below. To see a Doctor or Nurse please telephone us or come into the surgery to book an appointment. If you have more than one issue you would like to discuss please ensure you book a double appointment.

 The Dispensary

The dispensary opening hours are Monday to Friday 9:00-12:00 and then 14:00-18:00. If you need to obtain medicines urgently then please speak to one of our dispensers.

Important patient information

care.data – What is care.data? The NHS is changing and services are being restructured. These reforms will impact on the way that clinical data are collected, shared and analysed. Under the powers of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (HSCA), the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) can, under certain circumstances, require Personal Confidential Data (PCD) from GP Practices without seeking patient consent.

One of the first initiatives using these new powers is the care.data service. This service has been commissioned by NHS England and will be delivered by the HSCIC. The HSCIC is England’s central authoritative source of health and social care information.

In general, such data will only be made available to accredited third parties in anonymised, pseudonymised or aggregated form.  The default position for all patients is that PCD will leave the practice where there is a legal basis.

Patients CAN object to this it is important that your wishes are respected. If you object to your data being extracted you should let us know in writing so that we can update your records. Further information is available at www.england.nhs.uk/caredata

Outside Surgery Hours

For urgent appointments or difficulties with obtaining medicines outside our normal surgery hours, please call the Out of Hours Service via 111.