Washway Road Medical Centre was established in 1966 by Doctors Nicholson and O’Reilly at 63 Washway Road. This formed the first official medical centre in Sale with an appointments system and clinics such as Ante-Natal and Immunisations etc. In 1968 Dr Hindle’s Wardle Road Practice was invited to join Washway Road Medical Centre, and they accepted, increasing the patient population and practice area.
In 1985 the partners purchased 65 Washway Road, and were able to incorporate this into the premises - creating a much larger surgery.
In October 2000, having outgrown the previous premises (63 + 65), we moved into our new purpose-built medical centre at 67 Washway Road. There is a separate, independent pharmacy on the site. The large car park stands on the same adjacent land that the previous premises used to occupy.
We have eleven consulting rooms over two floors, two treatment rooms, a phlebotomy (blood taking) room and room dedicated for research work. This larger building enabled us to commence training future GPs.
The practice, and our trainer Dr Simonton, were first accredited by the North West Deanery for GP training in 1999. To attain this accreditation, the practice must prove they have high standards of medical care, organisation, and medical resources. Practices are reviewed every few years to ensure they are continuing to improve standards in both education and practice. Generally, GP registrars spend one year training in the practice and we have now successfully trained over twenty GPs. All partners participate in the registrars’ education and development, and give whatever support is necessary to both trainer and registrar to ensure that the year’s placement is both enjoyable and of high quality.
Dr Wilkinson took on the role of undergraduate tutor in 2001, and has successfully taught and supervised many 3rd and 4th year medical students on day release. Dr Wilkinson has subsequently completed a GP trainer’s course and now trains our ST2 doctor (for their 6 month placement prior to their year’s GP registrar training). Dr Howard has therefore taken over as our undergraduate tutor in 2012 - providing teaching to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students. Again, all members of the practice participate with the undergraduates’ teaching - including our GP registrar and ST2 doctor. The feedback we have received from the students has been very positive and appreciative that we put a lot of effort into arranging interesting and appropriate education sessions for them.
In 2009 as the North West Deanery expanded its training of future doctors, our practice commenced the general practice aspect of teaching for Foundation Year 2 doctors (FY2s). Dr Ferguson led this, supported by Drs O’Malley and Burgess. The FY2 doctors are taught by our practice for a 4 month period and this integrates with their on-going hospital teaching. Currently, our practice teaches and supervises two FY2 doctors at a time; this may account for the changing names of our doctors on a fairly frequent basis! This expansion of doctors’ training has also enabled us to give an “early experience” insight to year 1 and year 2 medical students; their gaining experience of talking to and interviewing patients helps put their textbook learning into practice.
Finally, to continue the education of our GP partners and practice colleagues throughout Trafford, our GP lead in education is Dr Clarke. She organises and hosts the GP Forum, a monthly clinical meeting with guest speakers and lively educational debate.
Underpinning all the above, the ethos of the practice has always been:
“to treat others as we ourselves would wish to be treated;” in recognition of our increased training activities, we have now added to this “and to educate others to sustain good quality patient care”. We endeavour to do all we can to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care, within the resources available. The positive, family atmosphere, created by all the staff, ensures that we are always in a position to work within a ‘best practice’ framework, whilst meeting the best interests of our patients.
The practice population currently stands at approx 15,650 patients.