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Unsure if you need to see a GP?

You can call NHS 111 if you're not sure which NHS service you need. The NHS 111 team will assess your condition over the phone and if it is clinically appropriate, they will refer your case to the out-of-hours service. This will then result in either:

A telephone consultation with a doctor or nurse practitioner
A face to face appointment to attend a primary care centre to see a doctor or nurse practitioner, or
A home visit from a doctor or nurse practitioner

Colne Medical Centre is a branch of the ColTe Partnership.

The Partnership are offering appointments outside the normal working hours of the surgery. 

You can now make appointments at times up to 8 pm on weekdays, on Saturdays during the day and Sunday mornings.  You can be seen at any of the following practices at these times; Creffield Medical Centre in Colchester or in Ambrose Surgery at Tollgate.

There is a range of appointments being offered with General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners and Physiotherapists.

Please phone the surgery and ask the receptionist to book an appointment.


Welcome to Colne Medical Centre Online

Colne Medical Centre serves the whole of Brightlingsea as well as its surrounding villages and has a branch at Alresford. Our team includes 5 GPs, 2 Senior Nurses, 2 Nurse Practitioners, 3 Health Care Assistants and a Phlebotomist as well as our Practice Manager, administration and reception staff.

We aim to provide all of our patients with a comprehensive range of healthcare services covering one-off problems to longer term illnesses. Feel free to explore the site and find out how you and your family can benefit from our personal and professional approach to healthcare provision.

To find more information on how to care for yourself this winter and beyond, visit 

We are part of the ColTe partnership, for more information please visit Colte Partnership


This GP surgery is research active All NHS organisations are expected to participate and support health and care research. Conducting high-quality clinical research helps us to keep improving NHS care by finding out which treatments work best. You may be contacted from time to time about taking part in a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) study. If you are asked about taking part in NIHR research, someone in the care team looking after you will look at your health records to see whether you are eligible to take part before asking you whether you are interested or sending you a letter on behalf of the researcher. You are free to choose whether or not to take part in any research study you are approached about. For more details about how your information may be used in research please visit For more information on the NIHR please visit CRNE


As well as being able to see when we are open at the click of a mouse we’ve made it easier for you to do a number of things. Check out how to order a repeat prescription or cancel your appointment online.

Join Us

Registering is easy with online pre-registration forms also available and appointment slots to suit most patients’ timetables. You’ll enjoy a confidential service in comfortable surroundings from a helpful and dedicated team.

When registering with the practice you will be allocated a named, accountable GP who is responsible for your overall care at the practice. Please contact the practice if you wish to know who this is.

If you have a preference as to which GP that is, the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate this request.

Care Quality Commission

The surgery is registered as from the 1st April 2013 with the Care Quality Commission.The Colne Medical Centre was inspected in October 2016.

The Friends and Family Test

The Friends and Family Test is about giving patients the opportunity to provide quick feedback on their care and treatment experience.

You can say what is going well or highlight areas for improvement, either way the practice would value your comments.

Forms are available to complete in the practice, or you can download the form here and return it to the practice. You may receive a text message asking for feedback following an appointment.

(Site updated 14/06/2019)
For appointments and prescriptions please use the Online Services link above. Alternatively, just click here.
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