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Practice History

Practice History

Dr Henry Walden founded the practice in 1926, after selling the Burmantofts end of the practice in order to concentrate on building up the Oakwood Lane Surgery.

Dr Harold Sharpe joined Dr Henry Walden in the late 1920s and practised from his own house, which is now the Seacroft Surgery at 846 York Road. Later Dr Harry Silman joined them and practised from his house, which is now Rookwood Surgery at 143 Rookwood Avenue. The initial three partners of the practice retired towards the end of the 20th century and many long standing patients still remember them with great affection. Dr Sharpe passed away in 1989 and then later Dr Henry Walden in 1992. Dr Setia retired in the spring of 2000 and Dr Silman passed way in 2005. Dr Henry Walden’s daughter, Faye, was also in the practice for many years and retired from our practice in 2003 to be replaced by Dr Kathryn Oliver, who had previously completed her registrar training at the practice.

The Oakwood practice was closed in April 2001 and many patients transferred over to the other two premises. The reason for this was to consolidate our resources out of two sites as opposed to three sites. The remaining two premises at Rookwood Ave and Seacroft Surgery were both modernised in the 1990s.

Another long standing member of the practice, Dr Ken Shenderey retired in 2006 but sadly we heard of his sudden death died in August of 2014.

Dr Simon Hamer, another registrar who had completed his training at the Practice, replaced Dr Shenderey in 2006, and in 2010 Dr Shirley Srivastava and Dr Rachel Featherstone joined the Practice. Throughout the years, the Practice has had a long standing commitment to education and training and many doctors who have “learnt their trade” at the Practice are now successful GPs around the world. Dr Joshua Robertson was one such doctor who carried out his part of his training with us in 2013, went on to further his knowledge and experience before returning to the Practice as a Partner in 2015.

After starting at the Practice in August 1987 Dr Susan Laybourn became the Senior Partner in 2006 and after almost 28 years of loyal and dedicated service she retired at the end of April 2015, followed by Dr David Moore after 23 years as a Partner in the Practice in June of 2016.

Most recent additions to join the GP team in 2018 are Dr Catherine Gorst who joins as a GP Partner and Dr Charlotte Reynolds who joins us as a Salaried GP.

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