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If you receive a letter or text advising you to shield for 12 weeks please adhere to this for your own safety. See list below.

At Very High Risk (Groups) for Shielding 12 weeks

People with a solid organ transplant such as a kidney or liver transplan

People with specific cancers:

People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer

People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment

People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer

People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors

People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs

People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD. See below. •

People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell) •

People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection •

People who are pregnant with significant congenital heart disease • All patients on the following medications: Azathioprine, Mycophenolate (both types), Cyclosporin, Sirolimus, Tacrolimus.

IF shielding- Stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for at least twelve weeks.  

If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.

You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.

If you already use you can continue to use it. You can use the NHS App as well.

For more information go to

Consult online

Welcome to The Shrubberies Medical Centre

SignThe Shrubberies Medical Centre is an NHS GP practice in South Woodford located at Lily House opposite the Slug and Lettuce Restaurant on George Lane. 

We are confident that our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. It has been designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront of everything, from checking surgery times to letting us know what you think of us.


We are now in the delay stage of our response to COVID-19. this entails significant changes to how we identify and manage potential cases. The public are being advised to stay at home (self isolate) without any testing for COVID-19, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases, if they have:

a new continuous cough or a high temperature of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher.

Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 7 days from the onset of symptoms.


If more serious symptoms develop that cannot be managed at home, firstly use NHS 111 online ( Only call NHS 111 if you cannot manage at home or your symptoms worsen.


Do not call the surgery unless you need to. The phone lines are facing high demand. Please use the online 111 tools to try to self manage first or contact your local pharmacy.

ALL patients should register for the NHS APP, ASAP, to enable you to book telephone consultations, request prescriptions and view test results. The identification process be done completely online - no need to visit the surgery to do this. For patients that are unable to use these online tools, and all self care measures have been exhausted (including your local pharmacist's advice) or you have a significant health concern, please call the surgery.

All appointments have been switched to telephone/video consultations and only patients that really need to be seen face to face after being assessed on the phone by a clinician will be given an appointment.

Please do not come early for your appointment as you may be asked to wait outside.

Access to the building will be restricted to the patients who have been invited for an appointment.

Anyone who attempts to gain access to the surgery who has not been invited will be asked to leave the premises.

Only the patient with the appointment will be allowed in the building.

For children, only one parent/guardian will be allowed to accompany the child.


We will no longer be issuing printed prescriptions. All prescriptions will be sent electronically to your pharmacy to prevent footfall to the surgery. If you cannot download the NHS App or have not been set up electronically with your pharmacy, you will be asked on the telephone for your nominated pharmacy so that your prescription can be sent to them electronically.


Use this service if you need a note for your employer because you have to stay at home because of coronavirus

High Risk of COVID-19

Letter for employer

 If you are in a high risk group and need to provide your employer with a letter regarding your high risk status, please use this Letter to Employer which you will need to complete.


This is a very challenging tine for all of us and we appreciate your co-operation during this period of uncertainty. Our priority, as always, is the health and safety of our patients and staff.

Serving You

Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. The technology also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment.

Partners in Care

Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.

Access & Parking

Easy disability access is available at the surgery entrance, as is a toilet for the disabled and baby changing facilities. 

Parking is available at nearby car parks, with reserved areas for the disabled at the entrance. 

(Site updated 20/05/2020)
For appointments and prescriptions please use the Online Services link above. Alternatively, just click here.
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