About the Practice

Introduction

Gresleydale Healthcare Centre

Gresleydale Healthcare Centre is the new purpose built home for the Prestwood House GP Practice which closed in November 2011. The Prestwood practice grew from a single-handed practice, when it was set up in 1982, to having 5 partners and a branch surgery, the new building being necessary to house our growing patient population increased clinical team and whilst not originally planned, the means to effectively work from one site.

After several years of planning and discussion we are delighted that our new surgery building was completed in April 2009 in Glamorgan Way, Church Gresley, on the new housing estate which now links Castle Road and Swadlincote Road. The surgery provides much larger premises with more consulting rooms, 2 treatment rooms, a multiple use Health Promotion room and more space for administration staff.

Investesting in Developing the Quality of Service

Consulting room
Patient Treatment Room

Previously the Practice was a successful fund holding Practice and the ethos has always been to invest in developing the quality of service to patients and the training of staff to the highest standards.  We are an innovative Practice looking to promote and practice 21st Century General Practice.  Our approach is dynamic and we have embraced PCT work and are usually prepared to try things out and volunteer to pilot new schemes if they offer better care and services for our patients.  As a Practice we are interested and participate in clinical research and have always considered this as a very important part of General Practice. With the aim of improving the quality of care further we became a third waive Personal Medical Services (PMS) pilot in April 2001 and we continue to work towards our aims with regards to this as well as implementing the National Service Frameworks. We also try to explore possibilities of incorporating the latest technology into practice and are paperless with TPP SystmOne.

The practice's contractual arrangements are General Medical Services and we work to the Quality Outcome Framework - we have the infrastructure in place in order to achieve excellent results.

Teaching within the Practice

We have been a Training Practice for several years with the Derby Vocational Training Scheme. Dr Redferne is the lead Trainer but the trainees spend time with all the Partners, who undertake training and tutorials.

The Future

Health Promotion Room

The Practice was based around the two sites for a long time and the nature of General Practice dictates we continue to move forward to progress. With this in mind in 2009 we acquired our new purpose-built premises, which saw the closure of our old branch site (Woodside) and the closure of Prestwood House some two years later.

This is a very exciting time for the Practice as we continue to look towards an exciting future for General Practice and as always, we are thrilled to be at the forefront.

The Practice Area

View across Swadlincote

Swadlincote is a small town in Southern Derbyshire, some five miles from Burton upon Trent and approximately nine miles from Derby.  It is in the heart of the National Forest and there are a number of surrounding villages.  Although most of our patients live in Swadlincote, we do have patients living in the villages.   We have more children and young families than on average but also have patients in several local residential nursing homes.

Previously an industrial town based on local potteries and mining, the relatively stable community now finds employment in local light industry or in the surrounding area.  With the development of the National Forest in the area and various regeneration schemes, people from outside the area have been attracted to settle, with excellent links to all road networks.

Southern Derbyshire is an excellent place to live.  It is convenient for the Peak District and there are many delightful local villages to live in.  Access to roads is excellent, being close to the A38 and the M1 Motorway (via the A50 direct link to Junction 24A), providing easy access to all parts of the country, and East Midlands Airport is close by, for trips further afield. There are good local schools and private education in nearby Repton and Derby, both only a few miles away.  Sailing, golf, caving and climbing are all easily accessible and of course hang gliding is also popular in the Peaks.  We also have a dry ski slope in Swadlincote.