Community clinics

Providing diabetes care in the community

Our community clinics, led by consultants, take place regularly in Clacton, Colchester and Harwich.
Our team is made up of nurse consultants, diabetic specialist nurses, dietitians, Consultant diabetologists, podiatrists, Health Care Assistant and administrators.

We aim to educate and support our patients in the management of their diabetes to ensure they continue to live a happy, healthy life.

We will:
• Work with patients to achieve the best possible outcomes.
• Provide individual diabetes care, adapted to suit each patients’ needs.
• Offer a variety of different education sessions to patients’ post-diagnosis.
• Empower those living with diabetes by giving them the confidence to self-manage their condition

Other specialist clinics, such as insulin pump, exercise and insulin, HCA clinics, take place in a variety of locations on a regular basis.

We also work collaboratively with the local ‘Therapy for You’ service to provide easier access for people living with diabetes to get support with managing their psychological wellbeing. These clinics are currently held at our Colchester clinic location.

When you are invited to make an appointment, the administrator will make you aware of the days and times of each of the clinics and your confirmation letter will include all the details that you will need to find the location.
Please note that these clinics do not offer a walk-in service.

If you need any further information you can contact our helpline: 0345 241 3313 option 2

What to bring to your clinic appointment:
• Your blood glucose monitor (BGM) or your BGM diary
• Make a note of your blood pressure measurements in the 2-3 days leading up to your appointment
• A list of your current medications
• Any questions that you would like to ask our team


Clinic locations

North East Essex Diabetes Service
Bluebell Surgery
Jack Andrews Dr
Highwoods, Colchester

The bus routes below all start from Colchester Bus Station. The nearest stop to Bluebell Surgery is Brinkley Lane, Highwoods, which is a 3-minute walk from the surgery.

Service S1 or S1 (First Bus Service)

Service 8 (Arriva Essex)

For more information about these routes and timetables, please visit First Bus

Other Clinic Locations

Colchester General Hospital – Turner Rd, Colchester CO4 5JL.
Nearest bus stop is Turner Road (0.1 miles, 3-minute walk).

North Road Medical Centre – The Great Clacton Surgery, 17 North Rd, Great Clacton, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 4DA
Nearest bus stop is outside Boots Chemist (0.1 miles).

Harwich Hospital – 419 Main Road, Harwich CO12 4EX
Nearest bus stop is on the Main Road outside the hospital.


Clacton: Hospital Hopper to Colchester – Please call 01255 436962
Harwich: Hospital Hopper to Colchester – Please call 01255 552010
Tendring District residents: Dial-A-Ride (bespoke, accessible, door to door) – Please call 01255 436962

Patients with severe mobility issues can apply for Ambulance Transport – please call 03000 134 995 to arrange this

Assistance with travel costs to attend your appointment
Please call the Department of Health customer enquiry line on 0300 330 1343. This service is available if you are on a low income and may help you claim back travel costs for your appointment to our Service. If you are already receiving a form Support or Credit, you may already be entitled to full help with health costs. Please contact the customer enquiry number for further info