History of the Practice
For many years until 1976, the practice single handed and run by Dr Bob McElwain. His wife Kate was the senior receptionist and, it is true to say, the whole McElwain family was dedicated to the cause. In those days the village doctor was on call 24 hours per day. Furthermore, accessibility was excellent – even at the cost of queuing for an hour or two since there was no appointment system.
Following Dr McElwain; the practice was run by Dr Dewi Rees and then by Dr Gopi Menon. Although the idea of new premises was considered, this did not come into fruition.
Dr Gopi Menon retired early in 1986 and for around 18 months the practice was manned by two locum doctors (Dr Martha D’Mello and Dr Betty Gallagher) with willing help from our neighbouring practice in Wolston.
Dr Mike Houghton took up his post in March 1988. For nine years he was single handed and over that time the practice was brought up to training standards and the current premises were built. He was joined by Dr Kay Bridgeman in March 1997.
March 1988 Appointment of Dr Mike Houghton at the School Lane site – staffed by first practice nurse, secretary and dispenser.
Establishment of 1: on call rota with the Wolston practice
November 1990 Purpose built premises in Brookside opened
February 1992 First GP Registrar (Dr Nainesh Chotai)
1992 Computerisation of the practice.
Expanding the practice team by appointing more staff
1997 Appointment of Dr Kay Bridgeman as partner
1997 Major extension (phase 1) – including the development of the first floor and enlargement of the waiting room.
2001 Dr Bridgeman becomes a trainer and the number of GP trainees increases
2002 Computer upgrade to windows based system
2004 Appointment of 2nd Practice Nurse
2004 Major extension (phase 2) including further consulting room, second treatment room, reception enlargement and new dispensary
2013 Dr Houghton retires after many years of service to the patients of the practice
2013 Dr Reeves started as a new partner with Dr Bridgeman
2014 Dr Reeves becomes a GP trainer
2015 Dr Watters permanently joins the practice after completing her training with us.
2015 Healthcare assistant (HCA) post created to work alongside the nurses
2016 Dr Menon also joins the practice to complete the GP team
2016 Admin, reception and dispensing team all increased to serve the growing number of patients.
2018 onwards Redevelopment of the practice continues with the planned extension of the premises to provide an additional treatment room, 2 consultation rooms, extra office space and enlargement of the waiting room and dispensing area.