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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 30th June, 2022)

The Old Surgery

The Old Surgery
The Old Doctor’s Surgery, Dicconson Terrace, Wigan.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: irene roberts on 30th June 2022 at 10:53

What a nice, solid house that looks. I like the windows and the chimney.

Comment by: Ian on 30th June 2022 at 11:04

Me, too! Also, very handy for Wigan town centre and and Mesnes Park.

Comment by: Maureen on 30th June 2022 at 11:15

When the surgery was demolished with everything else in Wallgate this became the 'new' surgery..I and hundreds more went through these doors,it saw many Doctors come and go..Dr Rosser was my favourite I just loved him....now all the same patients go to Boston House Springfield Rd..which is brilliant place,with so many units for every illness.
Dr Rosser passed away,I never found out why but I and many more patients miss him.

Comment by: Ian on 30th June 2022 at 11:52

Thank you for uploading another wonderful photograph, Dennis.

Comment by: Veronica on 30th June 2022 at 12:22

All lovely property around this area. You can bet they never had a problem seeing a GP doctor in those days…not like today.

Comment by: Gareth Cheetham on 30th June 2022 at 13:50

I can't quite place this - is it anywhere near where the old Market Hall was??

Comment by: Maureen on 30th June 2022 at 15:32

Gareth,going up from the bottom of Standishgate just before the dentist...go down the street where the Church is,it's only a few yards down from there.

Comment by: Cyril on 30th June 2022 at 16:17

Yes Maureen he was a wonderful doctor and would listen to you, not like Dr Calverley whose favourite saying was that you had the complaint of the week, and was always busy fiddling with and lighting up the compost heap in his pipe. Sadly Dr Rosser died from bowel cancer, he too was practically a chain smoker and always lighting up a Kim. There was also a Scottish doctor there at one time and the room was a complete fog with cigarette smoke, it didn't give me any confidence in giving up when they was telling me to do so, though I did.

Veronica it was really bad there at one time when they had open (just call in) surgeries in the mornings, I've been in many a queue that was snaking from reception and up the stairs waiting to see a doctor or nurse, and downstairs was like a scrum, at times you could be waiting for two or more hours to see someone.

Comment by: Maureen on 30th June 2022 at 17:35

Yes Cyril,I know he smoked a lot but he was a lovely person..I once went having a rash due to an allergy to china paints..he asked if I wanted to go to a painting class with him and took me outside to his car to show me his paintings.but he died shortly after.
When the surgery was down Wallgate the Doctor that everybody loved was Dr Hall,I believe in the 1968 flu epidemic he went out to everybody who was ill with it..then he caught it himself and died.

Comment by: Veronica on 30th June 2022 at 17:58

The days when appointments weren’t needed… hardly anybody had a telephone anyway. But I do remember sitting for ages to see Dr Johnson in Greenough Street surgery. There was 2/3 benches along the walls. It must have been a small terraced house at one time. There was a tiny room with a hatch that must have been a pantry at one time with a doctor inside, but everybody could hear what you were saying at the hatch. It wasn’t as impressive as that house on the photo Cyril by a long chalk. There was two rooms at the front which were for Dr Johnson and Mrs Johnson who was in the other one. I hated going to the Doctors in those days, not that I went much….

Comment by: Maureen on 30th June 2022 at 18:17

Cyril,wasn't Dr Calverley an ex prison Doctor..I remember once taking my five year old Son who had at that time very bad Asthma..I could hardly see him for the smoke fog in his room..where was the brains in that...and did you ever meet Dr Ratchford..I believe he has passed away just recently..when the Wallgate surgery was still in progress,I remember waiting to be called in when he came in through the front door and later we heard that the day before his little boy had died and it was his way of coping with stress,he too was a good GP.

Comment by: Cyril on 30th June 2022 at 20:53

I don't know about a prison medic Maureen though he was an army medic I was told, he probably thought he was still in with the way he barked out orders at those receptionists, and he would often be seen strutting about in the Men Only room at the Market Hotel - that was his way of taking the dog out for a walk. My wife and I only went to this surgery on Dicconson Crescent after we married and had moved to Swinley, prior to that I was in Pemberton. I do remember the Doctor's on Wallgate as a mate in the gang I went to pubs with had the washing machine repairs and sales next door or nearby, Eddie Hughes was his name and the shop was New World washers.

Veronica did the Doctors Johnsons move the surgery from Greenhough Street to Claremont on Mesnes Street, I seem to remember some Dr Johnsons being there.

Comment by: Veronica on 30th June 2022 at 21:41

I had moved away from Scholes by 1970 Cyril. All I know is the Doctor’s surgery was moved further down Greenough St after the demolition, near Sullivan Way, I never went to the new one. When my mam died in 1986 Dr Johnson was still at that surgery I believe. I should imagine he would be near retirement age by then.

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