Duke Street Surgery

June 25, 2008 at 20:58 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Duke Street Surgery

Here’s another of the fine Victorian buildings in Barrow town centre that escaped the successive ravages of the Luftwaffe, 1960s property developers, and the current Tory council. This one is, as it happens, my own doctor’s surgery, where I went this morning for a consultation and this afternoon for my free NHS pneumococcal vaccination (to which I, despite my tender years, am entitled on account of my asthma.)

As far as I know it’s always been home to a medical practice. These days it’s more than the consulting rooms of a group of GPs, it’s a self-contained medical centre offering a wide range of services in the way that today’s NHS managers would like us to have more of. I have mixed feelings about this – it feels a bit mechanical and getting an appointment with my doctor of choice these days is a bit like booking a squash court at the Richmond Town club used to be, and I’ve appreciated the personal attention from a small one-doctor practice in the past, but it is pretty handy.


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  1. I really like this building.
    Like you, I remember the old Doctor’s surgery.
    Another age, a bygone era.

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