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Location(s): » Springbank Health
Trainer(s): » Richard Tatham
Springbank Surgery is a fully dispensing practice which looks after the picturesque villages, interspersed with farmland and rivers, between York and Knaresborough. The main site is based in Green Hammerton and has a branch surgery in Tockwith, both in conservation areas. The practice was rated as being outstanding by CQC. They have been early adopters of using social media, such as Instagram, to reach teenagers and were the first practice in Yorkshire to offer video appointments by Skype and FaceTime.
It is a slightly smaller than average practice, with 6000 patients. However, there is still quite a large clinical team, with wide expertise. There are 5 GPs, 2 nurses, a paramedic and 2 health care assistants. Therefore, there is a good provision of appointments and patients have good access.
The practice is also involved in teaching foundation year 2 doctors and second year medical students and have a strong educational ethos. They are also part of a research network and have good links with the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Science Network to put clinical research into practice.
Other GPs in the practice between them have interests in diabetes, allergy, ultrasound scanning, female health, mental health, eating disorders and more.
The Springbank team enjoys their education meetings in comfortable surroundings either in the building or in their large garden at Green Hammerton in the summer months. The practice website is http://www.springbankhealth.co.uk/.
Name: » Richard Tatham
Dr Richard Tatham is the GP trainer and one of the partners at the practice. He qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2004 and did core medical training before seeing the light and doing the GP VTS in Chester. He relocated to Yorkshire to be nearer rocks to climb up.
He has had experience in several types of GP practices; in inner cities, small towns and rural areas.
He has been at Springbank Surgery since 2012 and says this is as good as general practice gets.
He also looks after the management of the practice, leads on research and quality improvement and does minor surgery and joint injections.