insight The newsletter of Apollo Medical Partners STOP PRESS Issue 3: Winter 2003 Graham Willoughby LIFT off! (fourth from right, back Community Solutions for row) with Primary Care (CSPC), a doctors and joint venture of which staff from Apollo is a member, is the Princes working towards financial Park Surgery close on two NHS LIFT and the schemes, one at Barnsley, Apollo the other Camden and Centre for Islington. Health. The first of three primary Holding the care facilities costing award is Sam £10million will be on site in King, Princes the Barnsley area shortly Park afterwards. receptionist Worsbrough, Goldthorpe and Thurnscoe will be the first three “one-stop shop” surgeries to be built and they will bring many services traditionally associated with hospitals to the local community, including minor Eastbourne wins surgery suites, E.N.T. treatment and psychiatric nurses. Both NHS LIFT schemes will involve a 20-year best design award commitment by CSPC to develop and manage primary Partnership is awarded “Best Designed Primary Healthcare Facility” care facilities in the Barnsley, and Camden and Islington at the annual Building Better Healthcare Awards held at Café Royal areas. The Partnership between the of this year’s award. Nacton helpdesk Apollo Centre for Health and Graham Willoughby said: A helpdesk has been set up Princes Park Surgery has been “We’re pleased with the to assist with and develop recognised as the best designed recognition from the NHS. Our the management of our primary care facility in the aim is to provide a more integrated existing portfolio. country this year by the NHS. approach to healthcare in the Louise Boardley, with a At the annual Building Better Eastbourne Community. As well as customer service background, is Healthcare Awards held at full GP and local NHS services, our now the first point of contact London’s Café Royal in September, patients have access to a range of for all our portfolio clients. the “Best Designed Primary private practitioners such as a For information the new Healthcare Facility” award was physiotherapist, osteopath and direct line for this service is presented to Graham Willoughby, reflexologist among others.” 01473 654914. manager of both the Apollo Centre The judges, who included Sir David May, Head of Primary and Princes Park Surgery. John Egan, president of the Care at Eastbourne Downs PCT, ... and a northern The awards are jointly Confederation of British Industry, commented: “We are delighted to organised by NHS Estates and HD were impressed by the close co- hear the news of this award. We England office Magazine (a journal for healthcare operation of the NHS, GPs and the are working hard with our Apollo Medical Partners has design and development). They private sector in the development partners in primary care to opened a new office at The honour excellence in design and of an integrated and flexible develop high quality primary care Priory, Aberford, Leeds, facilities management in response healthcare campus. The judges facilities and believe this is the first LS25 3DW, telephone 0113 to Tony Blair’s “Better Public concluded that the campus at of a number of which we can be 393 5200. Buildings” initiative. Eastbourne was a worthy winner justly proud.” insight Offices Asket Drive surgery expand for new recruits reaches completion During the past year we ASKET DRIVE have welcomed a number of new people to the Practice: corridors of Apollo. Park Edge Medical Practice Indeed we have had to Contractor: extend the offices to Galliford Try accommodate the them. Architects: ERIC BYERS has Pearce Bottomley recently joined Apollo as Architects a non-executive director. With an NHS background, including The construction of a new being a former chief surgery scheme at Asket executive of the Maudsley Drive in Leeds has just Hospital, he will be reached completion. supporting the Apollo The five GP practice which team working closely on occupied a small converted shop the Apollo Centre for and flat premises in Dib Lane, Asket Drive under construction (above) and nearing completion (below) Health in Eastbourne and Leeds, moved half a mile to their others elsewhere. new surgery in Asket Drive on GERRY OAKLEY, who 27th November. joined in August, is the The scheme of a little under Business Development 1,000 square metres comprises Manager for Apollo 5 consulting rooms, 1 trainer Centres for Health. His room and 1 trainee room background in medical allowing them room to expand if sales to healthcare necessary. professionals, both in the The local Primary Care Trust private and NHS sectors, will be occupying four rooms on places him well to the first floor to provide services concentrate initially on including physiotherapy and our Eastbourne project. podiatry. Additionally, on the The development ground floor is a proposed team has welcomed pharmacy unit. TONY MCCULLY to their ranks. He will be involved with NHS LIFT schemes both in London and Barnsley, as well as core development work. Tony was previously working in Tower Hamlets for the PCT and altogether has spent 24 years of his working life in the NHS. RICHARD DREW is our most recent recruit. He lives in Harrogate and his first task has been to open a new office in Yorkshire as a result of the increasing workload we have in this area. Richard’s remit will be Barnsley LIFT and core surgery developments locally. The architect’s perspective of Asket Drive insight Left: the stone-breaking yard was replaced in the last quarter of the 19th Century with a new shed. Below: the interesting geometrical design of the inmates stair does not hide the austerity of the workhouse. Bottom: this stained glass panel of the arms of the city of Wells is in the central Gothic window of the Guardians’ room in the rotunda. Grim life at the Workhouse Much of Apollo’s time is spent hammer. They were required to in the planning, design and reduce five hundredweight of construction of brand new rock to stones small enough to primary care buildings. slip through a grate in the wall Occasionally, however, a little and down a chute outside. piece of history is unearthed The inmates’ rather bleak during the refurbishment of staircases with simple metal old (sometimes listed) fittings were in stark contrast to buildings. the Master’s stair which had a The Priory in Wells, which is moulded wooden handrail and listed Grade II, dates from 1837 balusters. and was designed by Samuel T Most of the interior walls were simply limewashed but the quarters of the officers were An important part elegantly stencilled. The Guardians’ room was finely of the social furnished with a Painswick history of chimney piece, decorative plaster cornice and an expensive Wells has been oak table. This was typical of the recovered hierarchy of the workhouse. A cell was found in the basement for miscreants which Welch as a Workhouse. Careful was only 4ft square, unlit (apart study of the building, coupled from a small opening in the door) with the ability to record and unventilated. Also discoveries during work, has discovered was the men’s ‘Dead revealed the misery of life in the House’ showing evidence of two Workhouse for male and female mortuary slabs against the walls tramps. An important part of the and gas light fittings. social history of Wells has been The workhouse was in use for recovered. nearly a century until it closed in The tramps slept in male and 1933, when it became a hospital female dormitories. To earn a for geriatric patients, eventually bed for the night the male closing in the 1980s. tramps had to work in the stone- The building is now used as breaking yard. This contained a offices by Mendip PCT and other long bench with six 1ft sq metal tenants, including Somerset plates on which the stones were Partnerships NHS Trust and broken down with a lump- Mendip Council. insight IN BRIEF Climb every mountain! Johnny Dryburgh’s assistant in Training Scotland, Jean Cowan, has a Our intrepid mountaineer, Since our last issue Stuart very unusual hobby, namely Jean Cowan, Clarke, Apollo’s assistant Monro-bagging. prepares to portfolio manager, who is For those unfamiliar with this brave the elements studying Property and pastime, I will explain. A Monro is Surveying part time, has a Scottish mountain of over been busy with exams. 3,000ft with a drop of 150m During the summer he between it and the next proper took and passed summit. Principles of Surveying, Named after the man who Building Measurement first catalogued them, Sir Hugh and Economics. Monro was a founding member Meanwhile, Debi of the Scottish Mountaineering Knott has been quietly Club and published his tables of beavering away at ‘A’ Scottish mountains over 3,000ft level psychology in her in1891. spare time and told me He unleashed a new and recently that she had worthy cause on an unsuspecting passed it with a B! walking public. Well done Stuart and Jean had unknowingly walked Debi. 48 Monros by September 1995 when she eventually purchased a Hatchlings copy of the Monro Tables. The 1997 revision lists a total of 284. hard scrambles, are particularly challenging and intimidating to attain their peaks. With a current tally of 269 and Mrs David Burton This somewhat focused her climb. For Jean, suffering from a only 15 to go, it seems Jean will recently gave birth to a mind to the task afoot. Some of poor head for heights, the soon achieve her aim to conquer son, Alexander James. the Monros, renowned for their ultimate reward has been to them all! 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