Woolpit Health Centre

01359240298 Heath Road, Woolpit , Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9QU

4.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 10 ratings for this GP surgery


  • Dr Riches
  • Dr Pearson and Dr Aung
  • Congratulations to Dr McCann


Welcome to Woolpit Health Centre

Appointment System

We are always happy to offer you an appointment when you feel it is necessary. When booking an appointment you have three options:

  1. The next available appointment with the doctor of your choice.
  2. An appointment on a day that is convenient to you with an available doctor
  3. If you feel your problem is too urgent to wait for one of the two above options we offer a Sit-and Wait surgery with a duty doctor. Our reception team will ask you to come to the Health Centre straight away and wait to see the doctor. Patients are seen in order of arrival and clinical urgency.

Also our nursing team offer the following services amongst many others:

  • Contraceptive Pill Checks for patients aged under 30
  • Dressings/Wound Checks
  • Injections
  • Leg Ulcers
  • Asthma Care
  • Diabetes Care
  • Travel Advice and Vaccinations
  • NHS Cardiovascular Health Checks 
Please ask reception if an appointment with a nurse would be suitable.
Phone Calls
The doctors and nurses deal with phone calls after their morning surgery. If you wish to speak to us please leave a message with reception. Please note we cannot guarantee that we will be able to ring you back the same day. 

Opening times

Reception times

Monday 07:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:30
Thursday 08:00 - 18:30
Friday 08:00 - 18:30
Saturday 08:00 - 10:30
Sunday Closed

Surgery times

Monday 07:00 - 12:0014:00 - 17:3018:00 - 19:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 12:0014:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 12:0014:00 - 17:30
Thursday 09:00 - 12:0014:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:30 - 12:0014:00 - 17:30
Saturday 08:00 - 09:00
Sunday Closed

Out of hours

Please call NHS 111

Last verified on 04/08/2015


  • Dr Richard J West MBE
  • Dr William Ridsdill Smith
  • Dr Alastair J Mc Coll
  • Dr Clare Davies
  • Dr Ben Spriggs
  • Dr Alison Shephard
  • Dr Benedict McCann
  • Dr Kate Riches
  • Dr Daniel James

To read more about us and to find other staff members please view our staff page.

GPs at this practice

6 male and 3 female GPs

Online facilities

  • Online appointment booking is available Online appointment booking
  • Order or view repeat prescriptions online is available Order or view repeat prescriptions online

You must be registered with your GP's online service to access the facilities. Find out more about accessing online services.

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Data source: NHS Digital

Latest news

Dr Riches

Dr Riches has now begun her maternity leave.

We wish her well and look forward to welcoming her back in the future.

Last updated on 31 March 2015.

Dr Pearson and Dr Aung

Dr Pearson and Dr Aung Have now begun their retirements having worked for 60 years at Woolpit health Centre between them. We wish them well for the future.

We welcome Dr James to the Health Centre who will hold surgeries on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Last updated on 26 September 2016.

Congratulations to Dr McCann

Ben McCann

We are pleased to announce that Dr Ben McCann, who some of you may know from his time here as a registrar will be joining the surgery as a full-time partner from August 2014.

Congratulations Ben.

Last updated on 29 April 2014.

Key facts

Registered patients


Friends and Family Test score: General Practice

75%Patients recommend this practice. 8 responses.

More on how we perform

We are currently accepting new patients

Please register during reception hours

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Latest reviews of this gp practice

How lucky we are

We have been registered at Woolpit Health Centre for nearly 7 years and would like to express how fortunate we feel to have such a brilli...

22 June 2017

Lame and embarrassing

Where to start? The receptionists do try although I've yet to have an appointment soon enough or at a convenient time. The main reason fo...

18 June 2017

Fantastic Surgery, will be sad to leave it!

I am making a general comment, as we are moving next week, and unfortunatley will no longer be in the surgeries area. I can not fault th...

15 March 2017


My family use this surgery regularly. When my children have illness and infection they are seen immediately and medicine prescribed. Re...

14 March 2017

short notice appointment

i telephoned in yesterday wanting to see a Doctor as I was having a problem with pain in both ears. I was invited to attend the emergency...

19 January 2017

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Last updated on 04 August 2015.

Information supplied by NHS West Suffolk CCG