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Following the government approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, local rollout of the vaccine is starting from 14th December 2020.  

The vaccine gives you the best protection against coronavirus. we will be contacting Patients in order of priority groups soon to book your first dose. Two doses will be required to achieve 95% immunity.

Your local vaccine clinic will be at Highgrove Surgery COVID SITE, Barking Community Hospital, Upney Lane, Barking, Essex, IG11 9LX.

Your GP surgery will be able to answer any questions or concerns you want to discuss ( Please do not contact Highgrove Surgery unless you are a patient registered there )

A guide on the vaccine is attached for further information.


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We are open this May Bank Holiday Friday

We will be open as usual this May Bank Holiday Friday (8 May 2020) and we are ready to safely provide care to people who need it. It is important you do not wait if you need urgent medical help.

We know that some people are worried that they might be a burden to the NHS, or that they could contract COVID-19 if they seek help for an urgent medical issue at the moment – we want to reassure you that this isn’t the case.  

If you need a GP appointment visit our website, use an NHS app to book online or call us. Most appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional will now be via a phone call, and if you are told you need to see a clinician in person, the NHS has put measures in place to make sure patients are seen safely.

GP practices and hospitals have strict infection prevention and control measures in place, so it is safe to attend appointments. It is important that you continue to attend routine appointments, such as antenatal checks, sexual health advice and contraception, and childhood vaccinations, as normal, unless you have been told not to attend.

Community pharmacies are also available over the Bank Holiday weekend. Before visiting your local pharmacy, first check the opening hours on the NHS.UK website. When you visit you must comply with the social distancing measures in place to protect yourself and staff.

If you have an urgent medical need, visit NHS 111 online – if you cannot access the internet, call 111. If it is a serious or life-threatening emergency, such as if you or a family member have symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, call 999 immediately. If you are told to go to hospital, it is important that you go.

In addition, if you are pregnant and are worried about your health or the health of your unborn baby, please contact your midwife or maternity team.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature), you must stay at home for at least seven days. Anyone you live with should not leave home for 14 days. You can use the NHS 111 COVID-19 online service to check your symptoms and get more advice. Do not go to a GP practice, pharmacy or hospital if you have these symptoms - this is to help limit the spread of the virus.


Due to the current Coronavirus situation, and in the best interests of our patients, we are temporarily suspending our Online Appointments Access service until further notice. Please go through our switchboard to make an appointment, or for further information.


For general information on coronavirus, please use this url:



For patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 ONLINE service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances. These can be accessed at:


FIXIN'D-2- Diabetes Remission for Type 2 Diabetes

Abbey Medical Centre, together with NHSE support, is starting an initiative to explore ways to reverse Type 2 Diabetes for some of our patients using a Low Carb Diet and Lifestyle Change programme. Please see attached poster and contact Reception for more information.

Fixing D2 Poster

Winter Contingency Plans

The winter months see significant pressures put on the healthcare system due to extreme bad weather, flu epidemics and higher patient demand. To avoid additional strain on local A&E provision, patients are advised to make greater use of NHS 111 Services and Extended Hours Hubs, as well as local pharmacies and walk-in centres.


Meningococcal disease can affect all age groups, but the highest rates of disease are in children under five years of age, with the peak incidence in those under one year of age. there is a second peak in incidence in young adolescents aged 15 to 19 years. It is this second group that we are targeting for the MenACWY vaccine, and eligible patients will be contacted by the surgery.

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Vicarage Field Branch Surgery Closure


The Branch Surgery at Vicarage Field Health Centre will be closed from Monday 14th January 2019, following a CPO notice served on the building in connection with the Barking Town Centre Redevelopment. All patients have been notified and their care transferred to Abbey Medical Centre. For any queries please ring Abbey Medical on 0208 090 8106

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