Huthwaite Health Care

Huthwaite NHS General Practitioners

Dr. John Clitheroe

Dr John is already identified being the younger of two Clitheroe brothers Mayfield who independently joined private Huthwaite medical practices. Dr John Clitheroe Although few recalled Dr J Clitheroe, his shorter stay is worth showing a Blackwell Road move from White Hart lodgings into what is claimed once giving his personal residence addressing number 11 also found named Mayfield. I recall first visiting the property sometime around 1970 when next occupied by Mrs Rose Elliott with family, Her eventual death preceded last noted 2008 sale.

Dr. Donald Clitheroe

Avoiding local confusion commonly heard informal reference to doctor Don. Donald was the eldest of three medical student brothers, which probably marks him the first of two who'd started practicing at Huthwaite. Long service leaves most patients best remembering Don as the Dr Clitheroe seen at New Street Clinic. 2004Dr Donald Clitheroe

Dr D Clitheroe actually married Dr Gaston's daughter. They initially shared her fathers Mill House home where he began partnering that Sutton Road private surgery. Building their own future family home opposite side added recognition to steepest top section termed Doctors Bank. Behind fronting trees, their residence stayed private through seeing all patients transferred to a new clinic.

When the Clitheroe family retired elsewhere, it seemed very strange finding no attempt selling the vacated dwelling. Abandoned for somewhere around two decades, my 2004 photo shows it falling into a sad state of disrepair, while rumours long suggested it had been destined for conversion into a larger Health Centre.

Following some illness, a 92 year old Dr Donald Clitheroe died 17th January 2011. Ashfield Chad further announced funeral arrangements dated for 4th February were made in Bedford. Huthwaite residents were then finally made fully aware of the legacy he'd left behind, which had been the distant foresight in realising the expanding population would eventually outgrow the New Street Clinic where he'd partnered a Dr Hyde.

Dr. G S A Ewbank

The New Street NHS clinic had been extended in the 1950's, incorporating a two storey property built for the secretary who'd kept a neighbouring New Hucknall Colliery Institute. Portacabins also joined up a rear extension to increase available doctor surgeries, all firmly establishing later given name for the Huthwaite Health Centre. Majority of the staff changes since Dr Hyde likewise commuted to the Huthwaite Practice. By simply identifying longer serving senior partners through Dr Ewbank, Dr Ulliott and finally Dr Lovelock, it would be unjust not recognising 28 years professional dedication by a highly respected Dr G S A Ewbank. Leading 11 New Street developments ended year 2010 when marriage enticed warm retirement to Spain.

Dr. Kevin J Hill

Kevin John Hill was raised on Greenwood Avenue, along with three younger sisters nearer my age. All were initially educated through New Street Council Schools then called John Davis. Scoring opportunity to next follow higher academic studies was not particularly remarkable, until capable of demonstrating well above average intelligence. School friends recalled training with St John Ambulance brigade, although few had talent enough pursuing that caring interest to make respected rank of a qualified medical GP. Having spent several years practicing at the New Street Medical Centre, Dr Hill turned to America, but after kindly sharing a collection of historical postcards that shows fondness kept for his home village. Past Huthwaite patients will proudly remember another true gentleman for always delivering compassionate professionalism.

Dr. Philip George Smith

Being told Dr Smith may have had a relatively privileged local upbringing could be reasoning why some patients appreciated 'Old School' style consultations. Keenly performing minor surgery showed a practical side to medical care, and whilst training others, he made fuller use of clinical Huthwaite facilities. Beyond acknowledging my father for being his first Huthwaite patient, Dr Smith could also be remembered for the Huthwaite Pharmacy being resituated onto an adjacent New Street plot. That materialised after personally purchasing the run down Miners Institute cornering Newcastle Street. Severe fire damage led to witnessing a total 1992 demolition. The chemist building came shortly after. Poorly captured in 2002, prior much later sale of all other grounds eventually realising his investment suitable for a housing development scheme.


Written 16 Apr 15 Revised 29 Apr 15 © by Gary Elliott