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The NHS has changed a lot since its formation 70 years ago. Over that time, the population of north east Essex has grown by around 45%1. Today, over 355,000 people are registered with GP Practices in Colchester and Tendring.

And to help ensure that everyone receives the care they need, the NHS has made some changes. Your local GP Practice is now part of a Primary Care Network.

What are Primary Care Networks?

Primary Care Networks not only bring neighbouring or similar GP Practices together, but also other services such as social care, pharmacies and voluntary organisations.

These bodies work closely with each other, and this collaborative way of working brings lots of benefits to patients. For example, by working together, Primary Care Networks are able to stay open for longer and share specialist services and health professionals. They'll also be more sustainable, and so better prepared to care for our ever growing population.


Do I need to do anything, now the Primary Care Networks are here?

No. As a patient, you don’t have to do anything. Simply contact your GP Practice as normal when you need to book an appointment.

So what Primary Care Network does my Practice belong to?

There are seven Primary Care Networks in Colchester and Tendring.

Clacton GP Alliance

  • Caradoc Surgery
  • East Lynne Medical Centre
  • Ranworth Surgery
  • Old Road Surgery
  • ACE Community Practices
  • North Clacton Medical Group

Colchester Medical Practice



  • West Mersea Surgery
  • Walton Medical Centre
  • Wivenhoe Surgery
  • The Ardleigh Surgery
  • Ambrose Avenue Group Practice
  • Colne Medical Centre
  • Tiptree Medical Centre
  • Rowhedge Surgery
  • The Riverside Health Centre

Creffield Medical Group

  • Creffield Medical Centre
  • Tollgate Health Centre
  • North Colchester Healthcare Centre

East Hill and Abbey Field Medical Centre

  • East Hill Surgery
  • Abbey Field Medical Centre

Mill Road-Bluebell-Winstree Road, Lawford and Highwoods

  • Winstree Medical Practice
  • Lawford Surgery
  • Mill Road Surgery
  • Highwoods Surgery
  • Bluebell surgery


  • Mayflower Medical Centre
  • Great Bentley Surgery
  • St. James Surgery
  • Fronks Road Surgery
  • Harewood Surgery

If you would like to provide feedback on your GP practice, please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service.


1. 1951 Census data of Colchester and Tendring compared to the total number of GP-registered residents in Colchester and Tendring, 2019.

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