The surgery is situated in the rural village of Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, and has been established since the early 1990s. We currently have two partners (male) and two salaried doctors (male and female).
Our list size is around 6000 with patients living in the surrounding villages over an area of about 70 sq miles. Being a rural practice, we have our own dispensary, with some 6000 scripts being dispensed each month.
In the early 1920s Dr Lawrence was the general practitioner in Sharnbrook. His son joined him later in the same decade and they lived in adjoining houses in Odell Road, practicing from these premises. Dr Robert Ross bought the medical practice in 1945 and again worked from his home in the Odell road.
In 1960 he was joined by Dr Joan Hedges. After Dr Ross’s retirement in 1973 Dr Joan had to move the surgery from Odell Road into an adapted mobile home in Glebe rise. To help with the increasing patient numbers she was assisted by her son Mark who came to help “just for a few months” and has been here ever since.
The present surgery used to be the house of the manager of Sharnbrook Motors, long since closed and now built over by new houses. Dr Valerie Howes joined the practice in 1980 bringing her expertise to the growing patient list. The building was extended in 1986 when Dr Joan Hedges retired and Dr John Rochford joined the practice.
In 2002 further changes to the practice building were made with the dispensary and consulting rooms being extended, refurbishment and enlargement of the treatment room, an additional consulting room being added and improvements to the staff and patient car parks.
The practice is based within the new Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group area and is situated in the north of the county being some 8 miles north of Bedford and 9 miles south of Rushden Northants.
Dr J Rochford has a special interest in diabetes and started the Sharnbrook diabetic clinic in 1986 when he first came to the practice. John also has an interest in coronary risk management, cardiac disease and airways disease. When not consulting with patients John has a special interest in clinical computing and has helped to steer the practice through the New Contract and QOF requirements.
Dr Jason Reddy joined the practice in July 2013. His parents (both Durban-born doctors of the South-African /Indian diaspora) worked in South Africa , Uganda and Nigeria where Jason was born on their ‘working travels’ in 1966. They emigrated to Liverpool in 1970 as his Father was a Professor of Community Medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (seconded to Nigeria).
In April 2009 Dr Reddy qualified as an Associate Trainer for the East of England Deanery. In June 2009 he was appointed Deputy Medical Director for NHS Bedfordshire with specific PCT roles being: Responsible Officer for GP Revalidation, Lead GP for Emergency Planning, Named GP for Safeguarding Children, Caldicott Guardian (to advise on the safekeeping of Patient information).
Jason also participates in the out of hours service HUC (Herts Urgent Care)