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The Cottons Medical Centre
Meadow Lane,
Opening Hours
Monday 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

In case of a life-threatening emergency, please dial 999.

From the w/c 18th July there will be a change in practice access

The phone lines will remain open as follows:

Monday – Friday

  • 08.00am to 12.30pm telephone lines open
  • 12.30 – 13.30pm telephone lines closed
  • 13.30pm to 18.30pm telephone lines open

Access to practice:

Monday – Friday

  • 08.00am – 13.00pm Practice open
  • 13.00pm – 14.00pm Practice Closed
  • 14.00pm – 18.30pm Practice open

The practice will continue to close 1 Wednesday afternoon every month please see these dates on our opening times. This is used across the NHS for all teams to complete training.

Please come back to this page for updates about the practice.

Many thanks

The Partners and Cottons Team

Training – When we are Closed

We are closed one Wednesday afternoon every month on the below dates. 

Year 2024:

  • 17th January
  • 14th February
  • 20th March

Non-urgent advice: GP Extended Access
– making it easier to get a GP appointment at a time that suits you

Do you find it difficult to attend an appointment during the working day?

Are you a busy parent with small children?

Or do you rely on working carers to take you to appointments?
The East Northants GP Extended Access service makes it easier for you to book an appointment with a local GP or other healthcare professional at a time that is more convenient, including evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays. Appointments are available in Rushden.

When are appointments in my area available?

Harborough Fields Surgery:
18:30 – 20:00 Monday to Friday
09:00 – 17:00 Saturday
The Cottons Medical Centre:
18:30 – 20:00 Wednesday
08:00 – 12:00 Saturday
If you would prefer to see your usual GP or practice nurse, please book an appointment with the practice during normal opening hours.

What type of appointments are available?
A range of appointments are available through the service, including the following:

GP – routine GP Appointments & test results
Nurse Practitioner– acute minor illness
Practice Nurse – Family planning, Blood pressure checks, foot pulses check, ear syringing
Pharmacist– for minor illnesses
Treatment Room Nurse
Mental Health Practitioner

Where will I be seen?
All appointments for the East Northants GP Extended Access Service are available at Harborough Field Surgery, 160 Newton Road, Rushden, NN10 0GP & Also The Cottons Medical Centre on specific days.

Ask us about GP Extended Access. When your practice is closed please contact NHS 111 if you require health support or advice.

For support with the management of minor ailments, please contact your local pharmacist or visit the NHS website.

Patients will still need to contact their GP practice in the usual way to request an appointment.  If there is no appointment available at the practice, patients may be offered an appointment with the GP Extended Access Service, if this is right for them. 
For more information visit the website at