Welcome to Church Lane Surgery
We provide greater access to healthcare in the Braintree area.
We moved premises in March 2017 and were previously called St Lawrence Medical Centre.
More about us
- Blood tests
- Cervical screening
- Child health surveillance
- Contraceptive services
- ECG recordings and interpretations
- Health checks for people with learning disabilities
- Immunisations and vaccinations
- MMR for 15-24 year olds
- Maternity services
- Near patient testing
- Plus treatment for
- Coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms
- Minor cuts and wounds – dressings and care
- Muscle and joint injuries – strains and sprains
- Skin complaints – rashes, sunburn and head lice
- Stomach ache, indigestion, constipation, vomiting and diarrhoea
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the Government’s health watchdog, responsible for ensuring that healthcare services registered with it provide high quality care that is safe, effective and compassionate. The CQC regularly inspect many of our services, click here for the latest report for this service.
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Registering with us
You can register with our surgery if you are a resident in the Braintree area.
Please ask about our catchment area.
To register, you need to complete a patient registration form which is available from reception. Please note that proof of your address is required.
Booking an appointment
If you are registered to do so, you can book online. If not, you can make an appointment by ringing the surgery or in person at reception.
If you want to see a particular doctor, you will be offered the next available advance appointment for that doctor. This may not be available for a number of days. You can book an appointment with a particular doctor up to four weeks in advance. If you do not mind which doctor you see, you will be offered an appointment with a doctor, either on that day or the next day. If you need to be seen urgently you will be given an appointment for the same day. Whilst we cannot guarantee which doctor you will see (unless it is an advance appointment) we will try to accommodate any preference that you may have, it at all possible.
If you need an interpreter for your appointment please inform reception at the time of booking so it can be arranged prior to your appointment.
Bringing someone with you
You are welcome to bring someone with you to your appointment. Sometimes our staff may also request to have someone present for an appointment. If you or the member of staff is uncomfortable with the person, we’ll reschedule to a later date when the correct person is available. You are also entitled to request a chaperone during your appointment if you wish.
Arranging home visits
Home visits are available to you if you are a registered patient. If you are requesting a home visit, you must be housebound because of illness or disability.
If you need a home visit, please call the surgery before 10am if possible. A clinician may call you back to see if your problem can be dealt with over the telephone.
It may also be appropriate to send a nurse or arrange a hospital attendance for you.
Home visits are extremely time-consuming so please try to attend the surgery if possible.
Our team is managed by a general manager and we offer a range of GPs, nurses and healthcare staff to provide you with a high quality service.
We fully meet the Disability Act and have wheelchair access throughout.
Although we don’t have a pharmacy on-site, our reception staff will be happy to direct you to the most convenient pharmacy for you.
If you take medication on a long-term basis, you can order your repeat medication by completing a repeat prescription form which is available from reception. Alternatively, please use the form attached to your previous prescription.
You can return the form to us in person, by post or by fax. Requests take 48 hours to process. There are several local pharmacies which will collect your prescription from the surgery so you can collect your medication directly. Please allow an extra day for your prescription to be made ready by your chosen pharmacy.
We will conduct a review of your medication at regular intervals. This may require you to attend an appointment with a doctor or nurse before a repeat prescription can be issued.
If you require medication that is not on your repeat medication list then this should be discussed with a GP first. The easiest way to do this is by arranging a telephone consultation.
If you or someone you care for uses the same medication regularly, you may be able to benefit from repeat dispensing from one of the local pharmacists. This means you will not have to visit the surgery every time you need more medicine.
Our GPs and nurses will be happy to provide more information and tell you if the medication you take is suitable for the repeat dispensing scheme.
When your test results are returned, they will be discussed with you. If we are unable to do so immediately, and there is a need for further explanation of the results, another appointment can be arranged.
Our receptionists are not medically trained and can only pass on what the clinician has told them.
Out of hours care
You can call NHS 111 24 hours a day for out of hours services and advice. It’s free from a landline and a mobile.
- Symptoms will be assessed over the telephone
- You will be given appropriate advice and treatment
- If you need to see a doctor you will be given an appointment at a local clinic and
- Home visits may be offered
Specialist and hospital care
If a GP or another member of our healthcare team believes hospital treatment or specialist care is needed elsewhere, they will ask you where and when you would like to go. Appointments can be booked electronically while you wait or in person after the appointment. If more time is required to think before deciding where and when to have treatment, you can call the surgery at a later date to book an appointment.
Accident and Emergency / 999
If anyone experiences severe chest pain, loss of blood or suspected broken bones, go to the nearest Accident and Emergency department or call 999. Accident and Emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Other local NHS services
- Call NHS 111 on 111– for free expert NHS health advice and information 24 hours a day. It’s free from a landline and a mobile
- Your local pharmacist will be able to give you free health advice and you don’t need an appointment. Many pharmacies operate extended hours on a rota basis. Please call or visit your local pharmacy for more information
For further information about our services please visit our website here.
We record all the information about you confidentially on our clinical system.
Click here to get more information about how we use health records.
People with special needs and additional information guides
We provide all our leaflets in other languages and formats. Please let us know if you would like a different format or language.
NHS 111 provides a confidential interpreter service in many other languages if required. For deaf people and those hard of hearing, a text phone service is available on 111.
Our commitment to you
Virgin Care takes your dignity and privacy very seriously and we will at all times respect your confidentiality.
Please treat our staff with respect so we can provide you with the very best care we can.
Click here to find out more about your rights and responsibilities.
Your opinion really matters to us
Please let us know if you have a comment, a compliment or a complaint by filling out one of our feedback forms that can be found within all of our service locations or telling a member of the team.
Alternatively, if you would like to make an official complaint you can find out more from our How to make a complaint section by clicking here.