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From Victorian Front Room to Training the Future Workforce of Primary Care

Beechwood Surgery in Newport was established in 1918, when it was set up in the front room of the Victorian House. Although the Practice remains in the same building, it has changed dramatically over the past 100 years, becoming a very modern facility to meet the ever-changing needs of its 14,500 patients.

Now boasting a wide range of healthcare professionals, the Practice’s workforce includes a nursing team and a Pharmacist, as well as a large administrative team to support them.

Also part of a training academy, the team helps to train the future Primary Care workforce, with a number of students including nursing, medical, physician associates and pharmacists learning from this practice.

GP, Dr Eleri Jones, said:

“We feel this is an important part of moving forward for Primary Care.”

As well as offering a host of in-house medical appointments, the Practice are also involved with palliative care, safeguarding, and nursing homes.

Dr Jones said: “We do an awful lot here now compared to 1918, when things were very different.

“I look forward to the future of general practice in Beechwood surgery and serving our local community, we feel very privileged to have been awarded GP Practice of the Year from our patients and we look forward to providing our service in the future.”