Dardsley and the First World War
Our #DoctorDoctor project is revealing the fascinating history of the building during WW1 at a time we are all commemorating the Armistice centenary. In April 1916 old and sick Dr Thomas Sharples wrote to the War Office asking for his son Captain Sydney Sharples to be sent home to Dardsley to take over running the practice for the many patients it served in Lostock Hall, Penwortham and Walton-Le-Dale. In June the Army agreed to his request.
Work on this wonderful Victorian building to prepare it as our new home is progressing, but at times quite slowly. Some damp here, a leaky roof there. But we will get there!
Doctor, Doctor Memory Sessions
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS and the move of Lostock Hall Medical Centre to a new improved site at Dardsley on Brownedge Road, in partnership with Lancashire Museums we are gathering stories of local people about changes in healthcare in the area. To preserve these memories, the results will be presented in a display at Dardsley and at other community venues. We will also create memory boxes of photographs and objects that bring to life the changing experience of going to the doctor and celebrate Lostock Hall life. These boxes will later be used in care homes and community settings in the local area to help start further lively conversations.
We had a very aimated first workshop at the Age Concern Friendship Centre, Lourdes Avenue, Lostock Hall on Wednesday 3rd October. Participants shared their stories including: seeing Dr Sharples at Dardsley in the 1940s, working at the Prescription Pricing Authority at Dardsley in the 1970s and 80s, doctors helping the wounded after the 1940 bombing of Lostock Hall, doctors attending the birth of babies at home and Dr Cohen's upstairs waiting room - patients had to agree who went in next! More workshops dates will be announced soon. We hope to record some of the stories on film.
The next workshop is at Lostock Hall Library on Friday 16th November at 12 noon
The project is still recruiting volunteers to help record stories and lead future community workshops. Contact the practice if this would interest you.
Or if you have some photographs of doctors, nurses or patients in the local area from past times, we would love a copy.
Keith Coles recently provided this great image of the much respected Doctor Cohen outside his Coote Lane surgery.
We are relocating to a new home, Dardsley in Brownedge Road. Building work has now (1 October) started being led by R. Walker & Sons and Francis Roberts Architects. We expect to open Winter 2018/19.
At our preview event on Saturday 21 July the 320 people who attended were very positive about our plans for the new centre - 93% expressing a view said that they are excellent or good. (7% said they were ok23).The architect visualisations of the Entrance and the Waiting Room below give you a quick idea of what is to come!
DOCTOR DOCTOR - Project Launch - Saturday 21 July - Dardsley, Brownedge Road
Thank you to everyone who attended - patients, health & well-being professionals, Lostock Hall Memorial Brass Band, Abhi Dance Academy, Soul Shaking Dance & Movement, Lancashire Museums, local people with an interest in the history of Dardsley and health care in Lostock Hall, Patient Forum members, volunteers and staff. 320 people in all! Many thanks also to the Heritage Lottery Fund that made it possible. Look out for updates on #DoctorDoctor, a report on the event and further news about our plans to relocate to Dardsley.
DOCTOR DOCTOR : Memories of health care in Lostock Hall
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a prestigious Heritage Lottery Fund grant for a project to collect and share memories of health care from the last 70 years or more. Our contribution to NHS70, the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the NHS this year. We will also research the fascinating history of Dardsley, our future new home, a doctor's house from the 1890s and the base for the Prescription Pricing Authority for 50 years until 2008.
Do tell us of any stories you have about going to the doctor in Lostock Hall or visiting or working at Dardsley. Do you have any photographs, documents or objects you could show us? Come and speak to us at our stand at the Lostock Hall Carnival on Saturday 7th July. Or attend our forthcoming launch event on Saturday 21 July.
Practice Purchases Dardsley Site
On 29 September 2017 the practice purchased the site on Brownedge Road. It will be developed as the new site for Lostock Hall Medical Centre to open Autumn 2018.
Dardsley was previously a doctor's house up to about 1950. As a child did you ever go there as a patient? We would love to hear your memories so we can share them with other patients. Does anyone know of any photographs of the building from that time or of Dr Sharples and Dr Cohen who worked there? Write to us or leave your details at reception so we can get in touch.
Patient Consultation - Possible Relocation of the Practice
Thank you to all patients who took part in the consultation over the proposed relocation of the practice to Dardsley House, Brownedge Road. We were pleased that 98% of patients who expressed an opinion were in favour of the move. This evidence helped us secure NHS / Greater Preston CCG approval for the move at the Delegated Commissioning Committee meeting on 2 August 2017.
An inspection of the practice by the Care Quality Commission on 26 June 2017 and resulted in an overall rating of GOOD, with some areas for improvement. We have now completed the improvement plan and so our rating has been upgraded to Good In All Areas! See a link on our Home Page to see the full report on the CQC website.
Saturday Morning Clinics
Saturday morning clinics continue in 2018 - 2 per month. See dates on our website or ask reception staff during the week for confirmation of whether the surgery is open the following Saturday.
Painting By F.V. Gornall
The practice is very grateful to the Gornall family for giving permission to use an image of this lovely painting of the surgery, on the home page of our website. Frank Gornall was a patient at the practice for many years until his death in 2011. Mr Gornall took up painting on retirement from British Aerospace under the careful instruction of his sister, an art teacher. In 1993 he presented this painting as a gift to Dr Prasad, the Lead GP at the time. Dr Prasad’s red Volvo can be seen in the foreground. Mr Gornall lived an eventful life, working in Australia for some period and in his younger years was on the books of Preston North End as a goalkeeper. Mr Gornall’s son and grandson continue as patients at the practice. The painting is now proudly on display in the practice staff room.
Booking appointments and repeat prescriptions online
We understand that sometimes it can be difficult calling in to book appointments and order prescriptions over the phone, but did you know that you can do this online? We offer this service to all our patients and if you are interested please come in to the practise and ask for login details at the reception.
The weekly smoking cessation clinic every Friday morning is temporally on hold until we open at Dardsley.
If you are interested in taking part in our Patient group, or a larger virtual Patient group please enquire at the reception in our practise.