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The NHS has changed a lot since its formation over 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 ten Primary Care Networks in Colchester and Tendring.

Clacton PCN

  • East Lynne Surgery, Clacton
  • North Clacton Medical Group
  • Old Road Surgery, Clacton

Colchester Medical Practice (CMP)

Includes the following branches:

  • Shrub End Surgery
  • Castle Gardens Medical Centre
  • Wimpole Road
  • Parsons Heath

COLTE Partnership (ARA)

  • Ambrose Avenue, Colchester
  • The Ardleigh Surgery
  • The Riverside Health Centre, Manningtree

COLTE Partnership (TMR)

  • Rowhedge Surgery
  • Tiptree Medical Centre
  • West Mersea Surgery

COLTE Partnership (WCW)

  • Colne Medical Centre, Brightlingsea
  • Walton Medical Centre
  • Wivenhoe Surgery

Creffield Medical Group PCN

  • Creffield Medical Group
  • Tollgate Surgery
  • Turner Road Surgery

East Hill and Abbey Field PCN

  • Abbey Field Medical Practice
  • East Hill surgery

Mill Road Group PCN

  • Bluebell Surgery
  • Highwoods Surgery
  • Lawford Surgery
  • Mill Road Surgery
  • Winstree Surgery

Tendring PCN

  • Fronks Road
  • Great Bentley Surgery
  • Harewood Surgery
  • Mayflower Medical centre
  • St James Surgery

Thorpe and Ranworth PCN

  • Caradoc Surgery, Frinton
  • Clacton Community Practices
  • Ranworth Surgery, Clacton
  • Thorpe 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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