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)


Computerisation of the practice.

Expanding the practice team by appointing more staff


Appointment of Dr Kay Bridgeman as partner


Major extension (phase 1) – including the development of the first floor and enlargement of the waiting room.


Dr Bridgeman becomes a trainer and the number of GP trainees increases.


Computer upgrade to windows based system.


Appointment of 2nd Practice Nurse.

Major extension (phase 2) including further consulting room, second treatment room, reception enlargement and new dispensary.


Dr Houghton retires after many years of service to the patients of the practice.

Dr Reeves started as a new partner with Dr Bridgeman.


Dr Reeves becomes a GP trainer.


Dr Watters permanently joins the practice after completing her training with us.

Healthcare assistant (HCA) post created to work alongside the nurses.


Dr Menon also joins the practice to complete the GP team

Admin, reception and dispensing team all increased to serve the growing number of patients.

2018 - 2019

Redevelopment of the practice continues with the 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 as well as extra parking.



We sadly say goodbye to Dr Kay Bridgeman after almost 23 years working at the practice. We appreciate all the hard work she has put in over the years and the Brookside Team and community wish her all the best in her well deserved retirement to the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales.

Dr Menon becomes a GP Trainer.

Dr Watters and Dr Menon become GP Partners alongside Dr Reeves.