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Health App information 

Evening and Weekend GP service


Chemist opening times

Please find attached a list of all local chemists and pharmacies who are open later than 6.30pm.

Local chemists and pharmacies who are open after 6.30pm

Welcome to Ongar Health Centre

With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.

If you would like to contact us, please do so via email 

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Practice Leaflet

Ongar Health Centre Online

Would you like to be able to securely book and cancel appointments, request/order repeat prescriptions and fill out the very latest patient health questionnaires, plus much much more at the click of a button?

If you would like to take advantage of this service, please click here to download the form and hand it into reception or alternatively you can submit the form to us via email you will then be issued with your unique username and password. 

If you've already registered for this service and would like to access the online services then please click here to log in. Please note the online services will open up in a new window.

We are sorry but, in order to ensure that we are able to maintain the current level of turnaround, the dispensary will no longer be open during extended hours.  This will take effect from Monday 8th January 2018.  It will be open daily from 8.00am until 6.30pm.  We will also be closing every Thursday between 2.00pm - 4.00pm from 1.12.2017.


You may read in the news that practices are being asked to 'peer review' all referrals prior to them being sent to a consultant.  This means that the referral is checked by another doctor to ensure that it's both appropriate and going via the correct pathway.  You may be concerned that this will cause a delay to your referral. We already check referrals before they are sent so you should not see any difference.  However, this is something that is being imposed by NHS England and so we have to comply.

Please remember, you DO NOT NEED TO SEE A GP for everything. If you have an ear, throat, urine or eye infections, sprain, rash upset tummy, you will be seen by a Nurse Practitioner or Practice Nurse. They are qualified prescribers who can issue prescriptions without the need to see a doctor. However, if they feel you need a medical opinion, they will ask the Duty Doctor to join their consultation and see you.

In line with local health policy and guidance, we DO NOT automatically treat all infections with antibiotics. 

Please allow our trained reception staff to signpost you to the most appropriate person to deal with your problem which may not always be a GP.

Social Care Drop-In Sessions


There is a social worker on site the first and third Monday of the month from 9.30am-5pm to provide information and advice to adults over 65 and their carers who do not already have a social worker.  They can offer help with the following:


  • Providing details on services they may be able to support with
  • Details on local community and universal services
  • Provide information on caring for someone
  • Provide information on how to make a referral


No appointment is necessary, however appointments can also be made. Please speak to reception for more details.


Practice Meetings timetable

Each month we hold a practice meeting for an hour over lunchtime.  Below are the dates.  Since we are unable to close completely, please be aware that we have reduced staff availability to enable as many staff as possible to attend.



Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Wednesday 21st February 2018

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Tuesday 24th April 2018

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Thursday 21st June 2018

Tuesday 25th July 2018

Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Thursday 27th September 2018

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Wednesday 21st November 2018


Protected learning dates 2018 - the practice will be closed from 1.00pm on the following dates.  We will re-open at 8.00am the following morning as usual.  There will be an alternative option should you need to see a GP in an emergency.


Thursday 22nd February 2018

Wednesday 25th April 2018

Tuesday 5th June 2018

Thursday 12th July 2018

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Wednesday 14th November 2018

Accountable / Named GP for All Patient's

The practice is required by the Government under the terms of the latest GP contract to allocate all patients a named accountable GP.

Individual patients will be informed of their named accountable GP at the first appropriate interaction with the practice.

For convenience if you have a medical card your accountable GP will be the named doctor you are registered with. Patients registering over the last 2-3 years will not have received a medical card as these are no longer routinely sent when registering with a new GP.

However, the practice does keep a record of your registered (accountable) GP. If you wish to be told the name of your accountable GP, please ask the receptionists when you are next in the surgery.  

Please note: there is no need to telephone the practice for this information.

Where a patient expresses a preference as to which GP they have been assigned, the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate this request.

Having a named GP does not prevent you seeing any other doctor in the practice. Your named GP will not be available at all times and if your needs are urgent, you may need to discuss them with an alternative doctor.

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