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Parkfield Through the Ages

1963 - Potters Bar

Three separate small surgeries unite to commission a new dedicated medical centre for the town to give the community the best care in General Practice.

They name the new medical centre "Parkfield".

history 1


  • CT–Scans are introduced to the health service
  • General Practice expands services offered to patients and embraces vocational medical training
  • Appointment systems are modernised


  • Modern vaccination programmes improve child health
  • Blood tests available at the surgery. Breast screening programmes are launched.


  • A new, much larger Parkfield Medical Centre is born
  • More rooms and more facilities
  • Computerisation of practice records starts
  • Out-of-hours GP Services are created

history 2


  • Surgery extended providing extra rooms
  • New rooms used by: Parkfield Patients Group; Chiropody; Physiotherapy; Chiropractor; Counselling
  • Parkfield becomes a Training Practice for junior doctors and medical students

history 3


  • Surgery enlargement for extra facilities
  • 5 New Consulting Rooms
  • The First Surgery in Hertsmere with Speed-Lift access to upper floor
  • Touch-screen reception system
  • Internet booking and access expanded
  • Patient communications systems

In Summary...

  • From a single floor building to a modern medical centre
  • From 4 consultation rooms to 17consultation rooms
  • From the era of paper records to computerisation and web technology
  • Keeping in step with the advances of our NHS
  • Spanning over five decades

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