Practice History

The Bridges Medical practice is a long established GP practice in Weymouth.

TheBridges266htext_(2).jpgIn the 1920’s, Dr John Devereux set up his practice in Trinity Road, on Weymouth Harbour. After the Second World War, Dr Fred Hanna took over the practice, combining it with that of Consultant Surgeon at Weymouth Hospital.

On the inception of the NHS in 1948, Dr Hanna became a fulltime surgeon, and Dr Freddie Hunter took over the practice. As it grew, Dr Hunter needed a partner and he appointed Dr Bill McGregor (selected because, despite being a fellow Scot, he alighted from the first class portion of the train!).

The practice moved to no. 8 Frederick Place, and continued to grow. In the 1960’s, Dr Hunter moved to Australia, and Dr Burgess took his place. When Dr McGregor retired in 1973, Dr Evans took his place. In the 70’s the practice absorbed the practices of Dr Cooper, who retired from his seafront practice, and later the patients of the retiring Drs John and Irene Cox. Dr Blease joined the practice to help with the growing list size in 1975 and the practice moved to 11 Frederick Place soon after – remember those steps?

Littlemoor_(2).jpgMany patients will have very fond memories of Dr Pru Mitchell – awarded the MBE for her work with patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr David Evans and Dr David Blease have since retired.

Due to demand for our services we opened up a branch surgery in Littlemoor – at what is now the Osteopath clinic, next to the vets – in 1985. Recognising the demand for our services and demonstrating our commitment to the population of North Weymouth, we fought against the resistance of the old local health authority to obtain permission to build our current purpose built premises in the Littlemoor shopping centre in 1988.

We were delighted to amalgamate with the traditional Broadwey practice run by Drs Angus and Jean Robinson in 1994 so providing services from our third premises at Littlemoor Health Centre. Our latest development was rescuing the ailing Great Oaks practice in 2008.

We opened our current main surgery at The Bridges in 2002.

Littlemoor_HC_(2).jpgOur aim is to treat all our patients with care, politeness and respect. We strive to provide all our patients, irrespective of age, class, sex or race, with high quality, prompt, and efficient general practice.

We strive to improve our health care and are proud of the results when we have surveyed patients for their opinions of our care. We compare extremely favourably with other practices in the country and also are very comparable with other local practices. We are extremely proud of the part we play in getting general practice in West Dorset recognised as an area providing some of the highest quality general practice in the country by the nationally recognised Dr Foster Survey Organisation.

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