Limehouse was in the core of Londonís docks and its original Chinatown, it has the furthest east Hawksmoor Church in London and the first Salvation Army Hostel. It also has all the characteristics of the twenty-first century Londonís East End. Sherlock Holmes and Edwin Drood were particularly involved in the drug culture of the area, something which the practice tries to provide care around now.
The Practice: History and Development
The Limehouse Practice at Gill Street Health Centre is rooted in history, but living very much in the present. The predecessors of the present partners (8 GPs, practice manager and practice nurse) were Dr Maddison (set up practice in 1924, retired 1983) and Dr Moss (retired 1985), who took over his brotherís practice in Commercial Road when he was killed in an air raid in the Second World War.
The practice population has grown to around 10,900.
We are a big team, the doctors include eight full and part-time partners (Ruth Vickers, Naureen Bhatti, Sheila Cheeroth, Jennie Read, Giles Leefield and Kirsten Shirke, Tariq Khan and Aiysha Jawaid in order of joining) with Rajia Khatun, Ashrafi Jabin and Anna Livingstone.
Our longstanding partner Dr Anna Livingstone, retired from partnership in May 2012 – 29 years after joining the practice - but is continuing to work a day a week with us.
We have personal lists with two doctors working in pairs to provide cover for each list.
There are four practice nurses and three health care assistants. The admin, secretarial and reception team, includes practice manager, partner Maggie Falshaw. Maggie has a background in practice development and research. Assistant manager Khawar Majeed has a focus on IT and reception management. Chinese, Vietnamese, Bengali and other health advocates work with the practice; midwives attend our weekly ANC clinics, and psychologists, CPNs and counsellors are closely involved in regular meetings and seeing clients.