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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.


Main Milestones:


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.


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