Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the surgery as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward. From the 19th July public place restrictions have been lifted, but there are recommendations for hospitals and NHS settings - patients will need to still wear a mask, socially distance, and use hand sanitiser in the surgery and staff will continue to wear PPE. We do understand that it can be frustrating but we know that when people come to us they are sick and vulnerable (and some cannot receive the covid vaccinations due to medical reasons) so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people. In terms of opening up, as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre-covid (face to face, by phone, by e consult and by video), not counting vaccinating 90% of the adult population twice in the last 6 months. Fishergate Hill Surgery has come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe for ALL staff and patients as we can.

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Dr John Rigg MB, CM returned from missionary work in China at the turn of the century and in 1900 opened a practice at 6 Walton’s Parade.  In 1904 he moved to 12 Fishergate Hill and then in 1907 to 91 Fishergate Hill.  His son, R Philip A Rigg, joined him there in 1926 and by 1932 had taken over the practice. Philip was the first doctor at Preston Royal Infirmary to have an interest in ECGs (electrical heart recordings). Dr S O Hunt joined the practice in the 1940s, marrying Philip’s daughter. By 1970 Philip retired and Dr Terry Withers took over his list. The practice moved into basement premises at 88 Fishergate Hill. In 1980 the practice took on a third doctor, Dr Vic Calland, and a year later Dr (Tim) Hunt retired, his list being split between Dr Calland and the incoming partner, Dr Hardev Singh. In 1988 the practice moved again into purpose built premises at 50 Fishergate Hill.  Tragically, just a year later Terry Withers died, and was succeeded by Dr Alison Payne.  Despite the many changes in general medical practice over this century we hope we are still upholding the high standards with which Dr John Rigg began the practice.

During the history of the practice Dr Withers, Dr Calland, Dr Singh, Dr Payne, Dr Lowe and Dr Johnson have been partners.

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