Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Your COVID-19 vaccine – information for people living in Essex and Suffolk

The NHS is vaccinating people in Essex and Suffolk against coronavirus as part of the biggest immunisation programme in NHS history.

The vaccination programme is well underway and is being ramped up following the approval and roll out of the Oxford/AstraZenaca vaccine.

Health and care staff are pulling out all the stops to open as many centres as possible as supplies become available. We now have five hospital vaccination hubs, more than 40 GP-led services and new vaccination centres opening shortly.

On Monday (18 January), the Lodge at Wickford in Essex is one of ten new large-scale vaccination centres opening this week – more than one million people aged 80 and over have now been invited to book their coronavirus jab as the NHS accelerates the immunisation programme, with a further 380,000 receiving their letters this weekend (16/17 January).

People aged 80 or over living up to a 45-minute drive from the centre are being written to with the option of choosing to arrange a vaccination there through the new national booking service. Alternatively people can choose to wait to be contacted shortly by their local GP-led vaccination service. More information can be found on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website. 

There are more than 1,000 vaccination sites nationally with the programme rapidly accelerating.

All information on Essex and Suffolk will be posted on this page as the new centres go live.

You can also view our latest slides on the roll out in Essex.


Covid Restriction Update:

Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the surgery as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward.

From the 19th July nothing will change at the surgery - patients will need to still wear a mask, socially distance and use hand sanitiser in the surgery and staff will continue to wear PPE. We do understand that it can be frustrating but we know that when people come to us they are sick and vulnerable (and some cannot receive the Covid vaccinations due to medical reasons) so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people.

In terms of opening up, as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre-Covid (face to face, by phone, by e consult and by video).

Douglas Grove Surgery has come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe for ALL patients as we can.

Welcome to Douglas Grove Doctors Surgery

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.

Douglas Grove is a new building and has modern facilities for disabled and mobility patients. We have dedicated parking with large wide ramps to enable patient’s good access to the front of the building. The surgery has disabled toilets and lifts to assist if patients are required to go upstairs.


We are conscious that some patients registered at Douglas Grove Surgery may be affected by current events in Afghanistan.  Douglas Grove Surgery is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as one which specialises in the care of military veterans and their families. All the team have been trained in the care of military veterans and their families. If recent events have affected you and you wish to seek help, please come forward.

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Shutdown dates for staff training

Surgery closed for staff training 2021 - 2022

All GP practices in Mid-Essex will be closed from 12.00 noon on the dates as listed below for staff training. 

Out-of-hours care is available for our patients from 12:00 noon until 18:30 p.m.  If you require medical care during these hours please phone NHS 111.

Thursday 29th July

Thursday 30th September

Thursday 28th October

Wednesday 24th November

Thursday 16th December

Thursday 24th February

Wednesday 30th March

Training Practice - Information for Patients

We are a teaching practice and train doctors, nurses and medical students. Sometimes video recordings of consultations are made. Patient consent is obtained before the recording can take place. The recordings are strictly confidential and destroyed after use.

You will always be informed when someone in addition to your doctor or nurse is present and you will have the opportunity to decline their presence should you wish.

From time to time records may be reviewed by representatives of the Deanery for audit and quality assessment purposes.

Please advise the Surgery if you wish to be excluded from this activity.

Trainer:  Dr O Adetunji 
Douglas Grove Surgery

Tel: 01376 512827