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Practice Background

surgery.pngThe original practice was formed by the amalgamation of the practices of Drs Eakin, Dacre Terrace and Drs Sidebottom and Weir, Clarendon Street, in 1973. The premises were in Dacre Terrace. At that timeDr Weir retired and was replaced by Dr CraigDr F Howie joined the group in 1982when Dr Sidebottom went part- time. In January 1984 Dr Eakin was appointed to a job as an adviser to the CSA in Belfast and was replaced by Dr Linton. In1987 Dr F Howie moved to England and was replaced by Dr Leeson. In 1987Dr Maureen Howie replaced Dr Ruth Carson as the well woman specialist. This clinic has become very popular and our practice became recognised for family planning training in 1994. Dr Howie retired in 2006.

Dr Craig retired in 2007 having served for 34 years. This was a period of significant development for our practice, which under the leadership of Dr Craig, saw the introduction of computing, the move to our modern premises at Bridge Street, a further extension to the building, fundholding and the response to the 2004 GP contract.

Dr Ancél Orr, our first female partner, was appointed in 2007. She has a special interest in mental health and women's health, including menopause, sexual health and family planning. She has extensive experience in child health and obstetrics and gynaecology.

The practice has been a training practice since 1990.This means that medical students and doctors completing their GP training spend a period in the practice. These students and doctors are working under the supervision of the partners. We regard our role in education as central to providing high quality, modern health care and would like to acknowledge the vital role of our patients in supporting this activity.

The geographical area covered by the practice includes the city of Londonderry and its environs within an 8 mile radius on the northern side of the border.

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