Practice History

Before 1972 the practice operated from a large domestic house situated in King Street, Spennymoor. There were three general practitioners attached to the practice, Dr D D Hobbs, Dr G E Adan and Dr F B Kotwall. The practice moved into the health centre in October 1972 to take advantage of the modernisation and extra facilities available. The senior partner, Dr D Hobbs, left Spennymoor in 1972 and was replaced by Dr A A F Sanderson.

In 1982 an additional partner, Dr J W Charters, joined the growing practice. It was felt that the practice was rapidly outgrowing the usefulness of the health centre, especially with the demands being made on general practitioner medical advantages and business technology. Therefore, in 1984, the seeds were sown for our new purpose built premises. The practice was transferred in October 1986. 'Adan House' was the proposed name for the purpose built premises. Dr G Adan had been a general practitioner in Spennymoor for 27 years. Adan House was officially opened by Mr Bruce Oldfield, fashion designer, in April 1987.

In July 1987 Dr J W Charters left the practice and was replaced in August 1987 by Dr A E Sensier. The senior partner, Dr George Adan announced his decision to retire at the end of September 1988. He was replaced by a female partner, Dr N E Hopper and Dr A J Long in December 1988. Dr F B Kotwall, senior partner, retired in June 1992 and was replaced by Dr S K Patel in July 1992.

In October 2002 a two storey extension was added to the original building providing a suite of nurse consulting rooms, minor surgery suite, offices and meeting room.

In May 2007 Dr Sanderson retired after 35 years at the practice. Dr Sensier became the senior partner and a new partner Dr Gert Gammelin, joined the practice.

In March 2010 the surgery burned down with a total loss of the building. The practice operated immediately from temporary premises at Merrington House and in The Health Centre (with a lot of support from the other practices in the town, the PCT and the community). We then moved to a portable building on the car park of the Health Centre for 18 months whilst our new surgery was built.

We moved into our new premises on 17 October 2011. Very sadly, Dr Sensier, who was instrumental in the building of the new surgery, took ill and died that week.

Dr Long became Senior Partner and in May 2012 we recruited a new partner, Dr Julian Waller, who had previously been a GP Registrar at the practice. In February 2013, Dr Jane Margetts joined the practice taking the number of GPs to six. She left the practice in May 2014 to be replaced by Dr Jay Walker.  Since that time: 

  • Dr Long retired in August 2015 with Dr Waller becoming the senior partner
  • Dr Neil Middleton joined the practice in August 2015, becoming a partner in February 2016
  • Dr Victoria Oliphant joined the practice in June 2016, becoming a partner in October 2016
  • Dr Waller and Dr Gammelin left the practice in September 2016
  • Dr Matthew Shield joined the practice in January 2017
  • Dr Patel retired in June 2017 having joined the Practice in 1992
  • Dr Hopper retired in January 2018 having joined the practice in December 1988
  • Dr Victoria Middleton joined the practice in May 2018

On the 1st of August 2019, St Andrew's Medical Practice and Oxford Road Medical Practice underwent a merger and at the same time Dr Roy retired from Oxford Road. The Oxford Road premises were acquired in December 1994 by Dr Roy and were converted from a former church.  An extension was built in 2010 which provided three new clinical rooms.

The practices continued to operate as two practices operating from two sites with two sets of patients but managed by the same team of doctors, clinical staff and admin staff until 10th of February 2020 when the Oxford Road patient list was merged into the St Andrew's patient list.

We hope that we can continue to offer the service that has been the hallmark of this practice for so many years.

Updated:  01/02/2020

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