About Grove House Practice
We are a full Primary Health Care Team and currently include six general practitioners, three practice nurses and two health care assistants as well as district nurses, health visitors, midwives and a full complement of non-medical support staff to support the efficient running of the practice.
From September 2015 Grove House Practice became a five GP partnership with Dr D Wilson as the Senior GP and four other GPs Dr C Forde, Dr C Allen, Dr S Hayes and Dr L Brown.
The practice building provides easy access for disabled people and for mums or dads with prams. All surgeries are on the ground floor for convenience. To the rear of the Health Centre there is a large public car park with disabled spaces available.
We also have a ‘Patient Group’ which consists of up to 11 members all of whom are patients at the practice. We regularly meet on a 4-6 weekly basis with the group to discuss specific issues and we rely on their assistance to help us to improve our services to our patients as we feel the patient’s point of view is essential if we are to continue to provide an excellent service.
Together we aim to provide the very highest quality of care for the people within the Runcorn area. We constantly monitor our services to ensure we can improve and provide the best service. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Reception is available for telephone contact: 8.30am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday.
We are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Outside these hours we offer an emergency on call service. Click here for more information.
Training and Development
From time to time the doctors, nurses and staff will need to take time out from their normal duties for training and development. We will always endeavour to provide you with sufficient notice of any practice closures for training or development purposes. During such periods adequate medical cover will always be maintained. The practice also undertakes training of healthcare professionals and medical students who may be present during your consultation if you agree.
How to contact the surgery
Many people call into the surgery in person to make an appointment, order and pick up prescriptions, queries and other needs. Others prefer to use the telephone. The telephone number for the surgery is 01928 566561. When you get through you will hear a recorded message giving details of the options available. View our full contact details.
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Grove House Practice History
At the start of the 20th Century, Grove House Practice was already established in the splendid house of the same name that still stands on the corner of Waterloo Road and Grove Street. At that time, the practice was run by just one doctor, who single-handedly dispensed medicine, attended house visits and decided who had to pay and who was eligible for free medical treatment.
When the NHS began in 1948, the practice was then run by a principle doctor and an assistant. This arrangement lasted until 1970, when the number of partners was increased to four, following the amalgamation with Queen Street Practice. In 1982 the practice moved to St Paul’s Health Centre, a modern purpose built building directly opposite the main bus station in Runcorn Old Town.
In April 1999 the practice became part of the Runcorn Primary Care Group which merged with St Helens Primary Care Group to form Halton and St Helens Primary Care Trust. This allowed all the practices in Halton and St Helens to plan together for the future care of the people of Halton and St Helens and liaise with other agencies such as Social Services. In April 2013, PCTs across the country were abolished and the Practice is now part of NHS Halton CCG, which not only brings together all the local GP Practices, but also works much more closely with Halton Borough Council.
From April 2015 Grove House Practice became a six GP partnership with Dr D Wilson as the Senior GP and five other GPs Dr L Sprott, Dr C Forde, Dr C Allen, Dr S Hayes and Dr L Wang.
History of St Paul’s
St Paul’s Health Centre is a relatively modern building (built in 1982) in Runcorn town centre. The centre gets its name from a chapel that once stood proudly on the same site, a building once known as “the most distinctive building in Runcorn”. Built by Thomas Hazelhurst in 1866 at a cost of £8000, it was frequently used for concerts and, having a powerful organ, for recitals. Sadly, the use of the chapel declined and it became too expensive to maintain. The building was demolished in 1963.