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The Limes Medical Centre is a five partner teaching / training practice with a list size of approximately 20,000 patients. We offer GP services across four locations; Epping, Waltham Abbey, Theydon Bois and North Weald. We are a Boating Community Friendly Practice. 

Our Doctors, Nurses and Staff are dedicated to offering a professional service. This website has been designed to keep you up to date with the latest news , opening times and services we offer. You'll have access to practice information such as  how to registerordering your repeat prescription online and a range of other relevant patient resources. 

Update: COVID-19 Vaccinations

How do I get a COVID-19 vaccination?

We are currently vaccinating patients in line with the latest NHS guidelines.

Please click on the link for up to date information:


Eligible patients can now book an available appointment on the link below:

  Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments .

For eligibile patients please do NOT contact the surgery prior to receiving a text message or letter as this will only clog our telephone lines preventing access for patients who require medical help.

For those patients who do not have a mobile, be assured that we will be contacting them directly on their landlines or by letter.

Please note: as a surgery we receive an allocation of appointments as they become available.  We do not have control over the number of vaccinations that we receive or the timing of them.  We are working through the eligible groups in accordance with NHS guidelines.

People who received their first dose covid vaccination at St Margaret's Hospital will be contacted to book their second dose approximately 11 weeks after their first dose was given. We are not able to book these more than 1 week advance, because the exact day that the vaccine will be supplied is usually confirmed the week before. 


If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature, a new continuous cough or a change/loss to your sense of smell or taste):

1. Please do not attend the surgery (contact the surgery by telephone if you require assistance - please note that during this time we are receiving a high number of calls but a member of the Front of House Team will answer your call as soon as possible).

2. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.

3. Self-isolate and do not have visitors  – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also self-isolate.

Get a free NHS test to check whether you have coronavirus


At the practice we have put in place a number of measures to keep our patients and staff safe during the COVID-19 crisis, whilst continuing to provide continuity of service and the best possible care.


We have successfully completed our COVID-19 Safe Assessment. 

COVID-19 Secure Certificate



As per guidance from the North & South Essex Local Medical Committee, GPs are not in a position to provide individual risk assessments & letters for patients who feel they should be exempt from wearing a face mask/covering.

For more information, please view the following document: Coronavirus Face Covering Exemption guidance note template - Essex


Fraudsters are using the Coronavirus Pandemic to target elderly, vulnerable people already worried about their health and future.

The latest scam reported by Essex Police involves people impersonating Trading Standards Officers.

They appear to be targeting those who have already fallen victim to rogue traders so these may be follow up attempts to obtain even more money from vulnerable customers.

Trading Standards Officers always carry identification and can be verified by calling the national consumer helpline on 03454 040506.

 Elsewhere there are reports of fraudsters posing as NHS doctors to gain entry to peoples’ homes; offering to do shopping for those who cannot get out, and disappearing with the money;  emailing victims claiming to be able to provide a list of coronavirus infected people in their area and when they click on a link it leads to a malicious website.

“At a time when our communities are pulling together to look out for our elderly population, these despicable people are preying on their anxieties,” said Cllr Nigel Bedford, Cabinet Member for Community and Partnerships.

“Our advice is to be mindful of clicking on links in emails, paying for items online from companies you have not researched, and giving people money or your bank details if they knock on your door and offer to do some shopping on your behalf if you are unable to get out.

“Also please remember if you receive an unsolicited phone call about your bank account just hang up and if the phone rings again do not answer it .

“If any of this has happened to you, please report to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040. If a suspect is at your address or you believe yourself to be at risk of harm, please dial 999.”


The Limes Medical Centre asks that anyone coming into the practice wears a face covering to cover their nose and mouth - this can be a mask, scarf or bandana. 

GOV.UK Guidance - How to make a cloth face covering



If you need to self-isolate you can get an isolation note to give to your employer as proof you need to be off work. You do not need to get a note from the GP -You can access the self-isolation note guidance here.


You can now book your blood test appointments online by visiting using the SwiftQueue system. You can arrange appointments at a location convenient for you and experience shorter waiting times. For more information view thePrincess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust Blood Test Leaflet


For information about eligibility, how to book an appointment and what safety measures are in place, please visit our Flu Vaccination Page


There is disabled access at all 4 surgery sites with disabled toilet facilities.


If you have any questions, queries or concerns in regards to your care and equality and diversity within the practice, please ask to speak to our Equality and Diversity  Lead.


We hope you enjoy having a look around our website and familiarising yourself with some of the online features. Whatever your thoughts, be sure to let us know via our feedback function. Comments and Suggestions are always a great way of helping us to continue to enhance the way we look after you. 


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(Site updated 25/05/2021)

Contact Details

The Limes Medical Centre

Contact Telephone

01992 573838
01992 566500
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Thrifts Mead Branch Surgery

Contact Telephone

01992 812450
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North Weald Branch

Contact Telephone

01992 524383
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Waltham Abbey Branch Surgery

Contact Telephone

01992 714088
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