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A year of change at Box Surgery
Regular visitors to Box Surgery were alarmed earlier this year to be faced with this message on the display console:
After 34 years of working at Box Surgery Dr Kevin Gruffydd-Jones
… Dr Sue Walker retired in March 2018 after 26 years at Box …
… Dr Hannah Leyden left the partnership in February 2018 …
The notice also gave
news of new doctors joining the practice but this information was
over-shadowed by a sense of impending loss at the departures. Box
Parish Magazine believes that its readers need some more positive
information! And so here we tell you about the new doctors who are
going to be looking after us in the years to come. All four of them
commented on the warm welcome they received from staff and patients
and are very happy to be here with us.
Dr Jonathan Brown
Dr Brown first made an appearance in Box about six years ago when he was training. He was supervised by Dr Andrew Girdher, who is now senior partner. He comes from Bristol and studied for his medical degree at Newcastle on Tyne. When it was time to decide on his specialism, he wanted to become a GP and joined the Bath GP Training Scheme. He and his wife wanted to settle in the West Country. The training involved working in the RUH Bath in ENT, A & E, Stroke centre and Obstetrics and Gynaecology, as well as spending time in various GP practices in the region.
Dr Brown lives in
Bristol with his wife, a dance teacher, and his two dogs – Leo and
Henry. He loves walking in the Brecon Beacons on his time off work
and his wife says his sense of musical rhythm is not at all bad (for
a man!). He very much enjoys working in Box and has been made
welcome by the team and the patients.
Dr Angela Fan
Dr Fan joined Box
surgery in December 2017 after completing her GP training course,
mostly in Taunton and Yeovil. Her medical degree was taken at
Southampton University. She grew up in Swindon, where her Dad was a
GP. She is recently married and her husband is completing his
training as a psychiatrist. They have set up home just outside of
Bath. In her spare time Dr Fan loves exercise, especially running.
She is also a trained classical singer and although she says she is
not up to professional standard –she has performed at friends’
weddings and maintains a keen interest in music. Dr Fan and her
husband used to have a lovely pet rabbit until they realised that
her husband’s inflamed eyes might be caused by an allergic reaction
to the little animal! You will be happy to know that the bunny is
enjoying an extended ‘holiday’ with Dr Fan’s parents.
Dr Nick Ashley
Dr Ashley, first became aware of Box Surgery when he worked for the
Wiltshire out of hours service. Dr Hannah Leyden worked there (and
still does) and she told him about Box. He joined the practice as a
locum in January 2018 and was successful in obtaining a permanent
position. He works at the practice two days a week and is still
involved in the out of hours service for the rest of the week. Dr
Ashley grew up in Essex and studied medicine at Warwick University,
where he met his wife Hannah. They came on a visit to Bath and fell
in love with the area – an experience no doubt shared by many of us.
They have settled near Chippenham
and now have a good
circle of friends. Days off are spent socialising and improving
their fitness through playing squash and gym visits. Dr Ashley is loving
being at our surgery – the patients are welcoming and the team, as
well as being expert and efficient, great fun to be with.
Dr Deborah Flather