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1996 marked the centenary of this practice. We believe this is the oldest practice
in Swansea. It was founded by Dr Horatio Rawlings in the Old Northampton Place
(now Kingsway). Home visits were then carried out in horse-drawn vehicles. In
1908 Dr Rawlings bought Llwyneithen, a large Victorian house in St Helen's
Road, where the practice has stayed ever since. The rear of the house provided
stables and these were demolished with regret as late as 1983 to make way for
our modernised extension.
Descendants of Dr Rawlings still remain as valued
patients of the practice.
In 1922 Dr Rawlings was joined by Dr James Robertson,
a Scot, who is remembered still by many of our older patients for his jovial personality.
Dr Robertson qualified in 1910 from Aberdeen University. He served during the
First World War as a medical officer and was awarded the Military Cross. In 1930
Dr Iorwerth Martin joined the practice from Swansea General Hospital. Dr Martin
is remembered by many patients as the person who "brought them into the
world". He continued his interests in ENT and used to take tonsils out on
the kitchen tables of the Sandfields. He and his wife Doris and their family lived
for many years in the top two floors above the surgery. After retiring in 1975
they moved to Sketty. In 1998 they moved to Kent to be near their daughter. By
then they were both well into their 90s.
After the Second World War the
inception of the National Health Service took place. The practice expanded with
the arrival of Dr David Rees who had served during the war as an RAF navigator.
Subsequently, he had many distinguished years in the Territorial Army. He left
the practice in 1979 to become a full-time hospital consultant.
Howells joined the practice in 1958 on the retirement of Dr Robertson. Dr Howells
had worked at Swansea General Hospital and had served in the Royal Navy. He worked
as a full-time GP until 1979 when he took up a part-time appointment in mental
handicap. This interest developed greatly over the years and he has become well
known in the academic field of mental handicap, contributing to learned magazines,
textbooks and in demand as an international lecturer. He retired from the practice
in May 1996.
In 1970 the practice grew to four partners with the arrival
of Dr Allan Hawkins. He left in 1986 to enter single-handed practice in Brynmill.
Dr Jamih Nowak, who grew up and went to school in Swansea, started with us in
1987. He had considerable interests and skills in a variety of complementary medicine
disciplines. Dr Nowak retired in 2004. Dr Horsman joined the practice
in 1975 when Dr Martin retired. He grew up in Surrey, went to The Royal Free Hospital
School of Medicine in London and trained as a GP in Swindon. He claims to be a
naturalised Welshman since joining the Dunvant Male Voice Choir! He is married
to a Welsh-speaking wife and has three grown-up children.
a native of North Wales, joined the practice in 1979. He was our computer expert
and a qualified pilot. He also enjoys golf. He is married with two children. He left the practice in 2010.
were delighted, in June 1996, to welcome Dr Laura Steene as our first lady doctor.
Dr Steene travelled extensively with her family as a child. She trained in Cardiff
and had extensive experience in general practice before joining us here at St
Helen's Road. Dr Steene retired due to ill health at the end of October 2008. Dr Amin joined the practice in November 2004 on the retirement of Dr Nowak. Dr Horsman retired in September 2007.
The current team consists of Dr Amrita Amin and a Salaried GP, Dr Sadananda. Dr Davina Shanon worked as a salaried GP until June 2012, as her and her husband emigrated to Austrialia. Our team of doctors is complemented by a happy team of receptionists
and nurses headed by our practice manager, Katherine Morgan. The aim of our entire
staff is to provide our patients with a caring, competent, up-to-date and friendly
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