Practice History

Laying FoundationsHistorically there were two practices, one in Clough village and the other in Dundrum village. In 1985 both practices joined to form a partnership. In 1994 Dundrum was extended and in 1996 the surgery in Clough closed. The Practice developed a special expertise in diabetes under the expert leadership of the then Senior Partner Dr Kieran Walshe, who then retired in 2010.

The Practice has continued to grow and in 2012 consisted of five Partners with a list size of approximately 7600 patients. In response to ever-increasing patient numbers and a shortage of space and facilities in Dundrum, the decision was taken to move back to Clough in March 2012 as an integral part of the new Health Village. The Practice will continue to offer services in both Clough and Dundrum into the future.

Dr Ronald Hamilton’s speech at the laying of the foundation stone in Clough Surgery on 20 September 2010

‘I thank you for the honour to lay this foundation stone of the Clough and District Health Village. This is a development I could never have imagined when I first drove into Clough on 1 September 1963. Here I was to begin my career as a General Practitioner.

I was brought up in County Antrim. In those days County Down was for me a far-off country. Clough was a mystery. I lived in the village a few hundred yards from here with my employer, Dr James McAdam. His surgery was attached to his house. Around the corner, in The Square, was the home and surgery of another family doctor, Dr John Erwin. Both surgeries dispensed medicines , so I had to acquire pharmaceutical skills very quickly. Surgeries were held every day including Sunday. Dental forceps were available in the surgery. They had been used by Dr McAdam on occasion. We attended homes where mothers had their babies. A few days later fathers would come to Clough to register the births for Dr McAdam was the local registrar. The doctors provided accident and emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fifty years ago Clough had a very comprehensive health care system for its time. During the 1980s the delivery of health care was changing. A new surgery was designed and built in Dundrum, medical partnerships were formed, primary care teams introduced to meet the challenges of the advances of health care provision. The loss of a health care facility in Clough was deeply felt by many in the village. I congratulate those who conceived of, planned and designed this health care facility. I wish the contractors success, safety and satisfaction in completing its construction.

As I lay this foundation stone, it is my prayer and conviction that this Health Village will bring great and lasting benefit to the people of Clough and surrounding district.’

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