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THE REDEVELOPMENT OF 93 ST GEORGES ROAD 1
BEFORE THE WORK COMMENCED

Following the purchase of the property from Mrs Ridley we embarked on a project to upgrade and modernise in accordance with current practice and we were fortunate in having a partner, Dr Felicity Sloan, whose husband dealt with property. He helped us through the various hurdles in planning so that we could engage a builder to start at the end of January 1988.

On the weekend prior to work commencing I took a photographic record of the building and garden and again at various stages during the work.

Road views
Annex flat
Front door
Old garage ready to fall down

THE GARDEN

Views showing the entrance to Flats 1 & 2 in the main house and 3 in the annex basement.

The garden was terraced in Victorian times and now neglected. In 1975, soon after the arrival of Dr Peacock, our families attempted to reclaim and cultivate it but it was a losing battle and after one season the weeds were back in control.

THE INTERIOR

It is my understanding that the practice under Dr Keating was set up in a house, now replaced by modern flats, on the other side of the road and on moving to 93 used the annex as reception and waiting rooms and the doctors consulted in the front room partitioned into 2 consulting rooms. The rest of the house was a private residence but gradually the medical use extended to the whole of the ground floor with the first floor remaining as a flat. This must have been in Dr Ridley’s time as I recall that Dr McCaffry occupied it until moving into his own house. By the time I arrived there were surgeries upstairs as well as the one on the ground floor and this arrangement continued until the redevelopment.

GROUND FLOOR ENTRANCE HALL

This photo shows how little had been changed from the domestic occupation. The stairs are still boxed in and the front door to the flat has been removed. The door at the end leads to the patient’s toilet and three out of the four doors to the main rooms are still in use, only the reception door was removed in the conversion to the present waiting room.

PATIENT’S VIEW OF RECEPTION FROM THE DOOR

Reception was a small area inside the door closed off from the rest of the office. Initially both work tops were of the same height but the raised level was added later to comply with confidentiality. This was the position from which the surgeries were run and where most patient contacts occurred.

The nerve centre was the desk where all incoming calls were taken and acted upon. In 1972 when I arrived Mrs Peters was on duty from 08.30 until 15.00 during which time she took new appointments, visit requests, prescription repeats, requests to speak to doctors and any other messages. The incoming calls were via a large switchboard (I think termed a PABX). She had all these details prepared for us to deal with by 11.00 when surgery finished so that we would meet, usually in Dr McCaffry’s room, for coffee and to allocate the work. The shevling units see here were gradually added as the need arose.

Initially there was a second receptionist, Mrs Fletcher who attended from 08.30 until 11.00 to run the morning surgey from the other counter. She then went home and returned at 15.00 to take over for the evening surgery until 19.00. As demand increased we had to employ more staff to cover the clerical duties.

This is the view of the office from the nerve centre desk showing the record storage and cabinet for the coffee. Originally the records were stored in metal filing boxes which were changed to this “lateral filing” system which lasted well into the new office.

We had a DIY policy and spent a weekend assembling the shelves ready for work on the Monday. The same was applied to painting, we stripped down a room on a Friday after surgery, painted ceiling, walls and undercoated woodwork on the Saturday and top coated early Sunday so that it was dry enough by the evening to replace the furniture.

THE WAITING ROOM

This was a rather depressing room removed from the office with no means of communication between the two, an arrangement outdated by the standards of the 1980’s. We had a buzzer and light system to notify the reception that another patient was required who was then called by intercom. The receptionist, standing in the corner of the office could look through the glass door to check that the patient had responded.

THE HEALTH VISITORS

This area, now the main reception office, was in the early day of the surgery the two consulting rooms and then used by the Health Visitors.

Access from the main corridor was via a passage with sink and heater for washing of coffee cups etc. This lead into two consulting rooms, the first and larger one used when only one HV was attached.
And the second when we had two HVs.




At the back of both along the window was a passage originally connecting with the annex flat but now kept locked (door handle seen on left of the photo).
Passage beside the stair leading to back lobby with toilet and central heating boiler

 

Also showing the modern steriliser!! A door to what is now the basement stair opened into the cleaner’s cupboard as access was closed off.

GROUND FLOOR SURGERY (Dr MCMINN)

Little has changed, note
– NO COMPUTER!
The door led to his examination room

Note the examination couch is built over a bath as indicated by the tiles and soap dish on the wall
THE STAIR is much the same as today


FIRST FLOOR

Looking back
Staff toilet

STORE ROOM

This had also been a bathroom with the hot water tank in the cupboard behind the door. The bath was removed during treatment for rot in the wall and the wooden plinth was built with storage under it.
This was the only hanging space for staff coats, though at that time there was fewer staff in both reception and administration.


DR PEACOCK’S ROOM

DR KETTLE’S ROOM

PRACTICE MANAGER’S ROOM

DR HODGES’ ROOM

NURSE’S ROOM

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