Chaddesden Doctors.

Health in Chaddesden


In response to the question , “Where was the doctors surgery before the one on  Maine Drive  was set up?”. Margaret Poyser has given us this article.  If anyone has any more information on this subject we would love to hear from you.AJB

Doctors Tully, Barry and Taylor had their practice on Chaddesden Park Road near the Cemetery end.  They had a large bungalow with a brick built waiting room added at the side.  Our doctor had a’ turn up and wait’ system to see which doctor you preferred.  Dr Barry was a lovely man, very friendly and kind.  The best part about a village doctor is that they know each family really well.

Doctor Barry was called out to my dad and he sat on the bed, little knowing that our dog was under the eiderdown.  Mum was most embarrassed until the doctors cleaner said that his dogs slept on his bed too.

Dr Rudge’s surgery was on Nottingham Road where Abbey Vet’s Surgery is now.  One semi detached house with a wooden waiting room in the garden was the start.  The adjoining house was taken over after a time, the chimneys were left up and the front rooms were made into one big room, being heated from the original fireplaces.  The reception desk was under the two flights of stairs.

No appointments were necessary to see a doctor, much like Dr Tully’s surgery.  Patients would go into the surgery waiting room, which was a wooden building, through one door.  Their notes were given to the doctor in between patients and then they were called in to see the doctor in order.  The queue would move around the room.  One doctor had the room upstairs, Dr Rudge in the back room and the other doctor in the front room.  When the patient had finished seeing the doctor they left through another door.  Eventually the wooden building was demolished.

There was another practice on Mayfield Road, they eventually moved to the corner of Maine Drive, where part of the Hall Farm was.  Doctors Thompson, Disney, James, Keeling, Rivers and Cox are bases here with another practice in Borrowash.  Before that there was a Council run clinic for babies and pre school children on the site.  The health visitors worked from there, they would come out to mums homes to review the babies and assess the progress of the pre school children.

Margaret Poyser

22 Comments on “Chaddesden Doctors.

    • I agree that the surgery was on Northwood Avenue , not Mayfield Rd. I went to that surgery and transferred with them when they moved to the newly built Park Medical Practice.

      Margaret Hirst

    • Not Nortcliffe Ave. It`s Northwood Avenue. and also the Doctor`s surgery in Spondon, was at the top of the big hill, opposite the church that`s where I used to be taken as a child.

  1. hi has anyone out there got any info on dr barrys surgery on chaddesden park rd any info would be much appreciated

  2. As I remember in my childhood Dr Tully’s surgery was on Nottingham Road in the front room of a house just above Reginald Road which stood back from the road. I seem to remember Dr Tully lived in Lodge Lane Spondon. His “tonics” , a bottle of coloured liquid , soon put things right !

    • I totally agree about Dr Tully as in my very early years, he was my Doctor and eventually Dr Barry also.
      I have lived in Chaddesden now for over 81 years, and wouldn`t live anywhere else.

  3. remember Doctor Plant on Chaddesden Lane. next to the Memorial hall. I lived with my Parents on the lane third house from the entrance. Doctor Plant used to come to the house

  4. Looking at the information about Mayfield Road and Northfield Avenue, both addresses seem to ring true but such a long time ago. The two main doctors at that practice in the 1940’s were Dr Russell and Dr Dow. In those days doctors didn’t impart much information about your condition and were very quiet and reserved men. The Nurse/receptionist was Mr Nightingales sister in law. Mr Nightingale had the chemists shop at the top of Chaddesden Park Road. Mr and Mrs Nightingale were lovely people and had two daughters. Doctor Plant is familiar, did he also work at Northwood Avenue for a while, I am sure he attended my mother at one stage.

  5. Maine Drive doctors were at Northwood avenue previously. I remember doctors Dow, Stark, Russell and Pavely before the arrival of the younger ones

  6. In the early 1950’s when Dr Rusell was a young man the Northwood surgery was held in a wooden scout hut which was the first building on the right coming from Chadd Park rd. In effect directly opposite to where the surgery was later built.

    • I seem to remember the hut the docter used was bult bult by them for a surgery , moveing from a house on possible Chad park road thats very vage though ,they moved across the road to a purpapus bult bulding and the Scouts took over the wooden hut (moveing from Morly road school)

    • Yes, I remember Dr Durnin in the 50s. I’m pretty sure I was on my way to see him with a chest problem . When I fell over and broke my wrist. I’d be about 7 at the time. And ‘still clumsy after all these years’ to paraphrase Paul Simon

  7. Me and my family live at the now converged version of dr Barry’s practise and are proud of the little bungling.if you would like more detail please ask

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