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About the Practice

The Practice

West View has 4 doctors working in partnership from modern premises. We are assisted by a team of Practice Nurses, Health Visitors, District Nurses and Administrative Staff. We are also a Training Practice and often have experienced doctors working with us for six months a year.

Practice Philosophy

At a time when the NHS and general practice in particular is undergoing great changes, the partners and staff wish to retain the traditional values of a family doctor based health service.

We want to continue providing a personal family doctor service. We will continue to do home visits where appropriate and are happy to discuss any aspect of your condition and treatment by appointment.

We intend to keep abreast of developments in treatment and management of health problems and will refer you for consultant opinion and treatment whenever it is appropriate.

We will provide you with advice on promoting better health in the future by advising on life style and by targeting those of our patients with special needs.

We will ensure a continuing high standard of medical care with education and training for all staff. This will include continued medical and nursing education for medical and nursing staff, management training for the doctors and managerial staff, and training for all other staff who are involved in providing this service.

Although there are at present a rapid series of changes in general practice which are increasing the pressures on us, we all remain committed to the pursuit of excellence. To this end we are always pleased to receive suggestions for improving the service.

History

The West View Surgery can trace its origins to Dr Claude Harrison and his surgery in the High Street. Claude was a colourful and eccentric character, much loved by his patients. Forty years later he is still remembered by many with great affection and his service to the community is commemorated by the ward named after him at Keynsham Hospital.

In 1954 the surgery moved to West View Road occupying an old nursing home and the list expanded steadily over the years. In 1983 a branch surgery was built at Severn Way to serve those patients on the other side of Keynsham who did not have their own transport. But, by the late 1990’s, with the list having grown to 5800 patients, it became apparent that the old main surgery had become far from ideal for a busy, modern, general practice and the decision was taken to develop new premises.

The project was to take nearly two years but, on 18 December 2000, the practice moved into its splendid new purpose-built premises in Park Road.

Today, we care for just over 6700 patients.



 
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