Oakfield Surgery (see image below) came into being when Rous Surgery moved to new purpose built premises in Vicarage Road in May 1993 (see also The Oakfield practice chain). Its name comes from Oakfield House, which was on the site before the surgery was built (see image on the right, and map on the page about Rous Villa). This big old house had for many years been a nurses’ home associated with Newmarket General Hospital (note two nurses are visible in the image on the right, sitting in the grounds).
The three GPs who made the move from Rous Surgery were Drs White, Arthur and Silverston. Dr White retired the following year.
The chart below records all of the partners and employed doctors who have worked at the surgery since 1993 (it does not include any trainee GPs / ‘registrars’ and various locums who have worked at the practice – the line has to be drawn somewhere). Obviously there have been and are a large number of nursing, dispensary, reception and various forms of administrative staff working at the practice too. This has been an increasing feature over the decades. Also during that time the role of Practice Manager has evolved, the first for this practice being Zena Cornell, who actually started at Rous Surgery in 1987, and who is still in the role at the time of writing.
Note: this practice is due to move to the Newmarket Hospital site in 2020 (history in the making!). An update will be posted here when that happens, and on the other relevant pages.
1993-1994: White (one of the three partners who came from Rous Surgery in 1993; started in 1971 – a locum in 1970)
1993-2018: Arthur (one of the three partners who came from Rous Surgery in 1993; started in 1985)
1993-2012: Silverston (one of the three partners who came from Rous Surgery in 1993; started in 1991)
1993-1994: Griffiths (employed)
1994-1997: Linnard (partner)
1997-DATE: Gupta (partner)
1999-DATE: Barkley (partner)
2012-DATE: Rayner (partner)
2017-2019: Stewart (employed)
2018-DATE: Bishop (employed)
Image 1: From Peter Norman’s Collection (cropped); image reproduced with kind permission of Peter Norman.
Image 2: Photograph taken in 2019, by the author of talkingdust.net.
Image 3: From a private collection; image ©, reproduced with kind permission of Zena Cornell. [Note: this is in the references below.]
Note: see comments regarding images and copyright © etc. on the Usage &c. page as well.
1993, 1st May: Report in ‘The Journal’ regarding a tree planting ceremony that took place on Saturday 1st May to mark the official opening of Oakfield Surgery, including the comment, ‘the town’s Rous Road surgery – which has now moved to the purpose-built premises in Vicarage Road’. The article includes a picture of the tree planting with the surgery’s GPs, who were Drs Arthur, Silverston, White and Griffiths. Reference: The Newmarket Journal. Thursday May 6 1993: 1. [Note: Dr Griffiths had not actually started work for the surgery at this point; she started on 12th May, but obviously was included in the ceremony], [Note also, oddly the title of this article is ‘Hospital campaigner has VIP role as surgery opens’ emphasising the VIP hospital campaigner more than the surgery opening. The future of Newmarket Hospital was a hot topic at the time, hence this emphasis – see the page on Newmarket Hospital for more details.]
Personal correspondence and discussion with those who have living memory of Oakfield Surgery, including doctors, staff and patients.