The Covid-19 vaccine is now being rolled out across west Essex. Those who are most at risk from Covid-19 and the people that provide care to them are being prioritised first. Please do not contact us for your vaccine – wait to be called. In line with national guidance and to protect those who are the most at risk first, the vaccine is initially being offered in the community to people aged over 80. You will be contacted when it’s your turn for a vaccine. Even if you are fit and healthy, you are still at risk of getting Covid-19, being vaccinated can greatly reduce your risk of getting the virus so please do attend your appointment when called.

 Coronavirus (COVID-19)


The latest guidance from the Government has changed.

If you have either:

  1. A raised temperature or fever and/ or
  2. A new continuous cough and/or
  3. Loss of sense of smell and taste

And you are so ill that you've stopped doing your usual daily activities

 You must call 111 and speak to a nurse

(The phone will be very busy but you need to wait to speak to someone)

 You need to stay away from other people until you have spoken to 111 (self-isolate)

 To protect others DO NOT GO to a GP, pharmacy or hospital


There is more advice about self-isolation on the Government’s website:-

 NHS 111 also has an interactive online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what you need to do. 



GREAT NEWS - CQC Report - Marked the practice GOOD in all areas!


Please note: Our dispensaries will be closed from 12 noon when there is an Education & Training Shutdown.

If you require urgent medical assistance, which is not life threatening but cannot wait until the surgery re-opens, please dial 111.  Calls to the NHS111 service are free from both landlines and mobiles.  For a life threatening medical emergency dial 999.

PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP                                 
We need some volunteers to join our Patient Participation Group to help us to ensure that we are providing the services you need from us. We would like to be able to contact patients to ask them questions about the surgery. If you can spare a little time please complete the form below or ask for one from reception.

We are pleased to announce that Dr Dita Fridrichova has joined the practice covering Dr Lindford's maternity leave.

We are pleased to announce that we now have two registrars, two physiotherapists and two paramedic practitioners working with us at the practice

Dr Ronak Patel (m) - GP Registrar, will be with the surgery until July 2021.

Dr Azza Mohamed (f) - GP Registrar, will be with the surgery until July 2021

Paramedic - Vicky Bryning - is working with us doing home visits.

Paramedic Practitioners - Abigail Merrell & David Binns are now working with the surgery doing home visits and supporting the doctors with frailty clinics 


Small and friendly

Crocus Medical Practice is a local friendly practice operating from two sites about 4 miles apart - The Old Rectory in Saffron Walden and High Street, Great Chesterford.  All our clinical staff and receptionist/dispensers work at both sites and all patients are welcome to attend at either surgery.  Our computer systems and telephones are linked.

Patients are people

We are interested in our patients as people and aim to take into account their circumstances, families or any other problems which could affect their response to illness. We also strongly believe in the personal doctor/patient relationship and the continuity of patient care. In this respect you should always be able to see the doctor or nurse of your choice although you may have to wait longer for an appointment with him/her.

Accommodating staff

The practice  consists of eight GPs, two Registrars, one Nurse Practitioner, four Practice Nurses, four Health care Assistants as well as our Practice Manager, HR Manager and Finance Manager; receptionist/dispensers and administrative team.  All our staff believe in patient care and will go out of their way to assist wherever possible.

Education and training

We strongly believe in education and are an accredited training practice. We welcome our trainee GPs (Registrars) who are qualified doctors undergoing specific extra training to become GPs of the future. They are with us for 6-12 months at a time. We encourage and support all our staff to achieve further qualifications/ competencies and also teach medical students for short blocks, during the year, in general practice.

Health services - reactive and pro-active

We offer a full general practice service. As well as treating illnesses, we are proactive in the management of chronic diseases, such as asthma and diabetes, and in encouraging our patients to reduce the risk of future health problems.  We work very closely with our Community Staff and have a visiting dietitian and counsellor.

Dispensing services

We are a dispensing practice which means that we are able to dispense medication to any of our patients who live more than a mile (1.6km)from a chemist. 

Our Dispensaries are closed between 1pm-2pm Monday - Friday

Availability of appointments

We have pre bookable appointments up to four weeks in advance; On Line bookable appointments; On the Day appointments and Urgent on the day appointments.  Appointments are available with our Doctors, Registrars, Nurse Practitioner, Paramedic practitioners and Physios.  Our receptionists will help direct to the most appropriate Health Care professional.


We actively promote research opportunities to our patient population. We are accredited as a RCGP Research Ready site and are currently undertaking diabetes, cardiology and endocrine reseach studies.



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