Bassett Road Surgery

29 Bassett Road
Leighton Buzzard
Beds, LU7 1AR
T: 01525 373111
F: 01525 853767Website:
Trainer: Dr John HendersonProgramme Director: Dr Tom Davis

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Practice Information

Bassett Road Surgery is based in Leighton Buzzard, a pleasant market town in South Bedfordshire on the Grand Union Canal with a population of 53,000. We are one of 3 practices in the town, and have a list size of 14,250 patients, dispensing to about 15% of our patients. The practice comprises 7 Partners and 2 Salaried GPs working from purpose-built premises which have recently been extended and refurbished. We also have a Practice Matron, Complex Needs Matron (who works with our more vulnerable patients) and Clinical Pharmacist as well as a full complement of practice nurses, HCAs and phlebotomy staff.

We offer both routine appointments and same day access to GP and Practice Matron appointments and extended hours one day a week to improve access for our working population and commuters.  The partners and Salaried GPs maintain a wide range of interests, which add an extra dimension to the learning experience.  These include sessions in dermatology, ophthalmology, palliative care and working with vulnerable communities including our local homeless population.

We have been a teaching practice for many years but have recently extended our scope so that we are a teaching hub for undergraduate and postgraduate learners. Drs John Henderson, Claire Stewart and Chris Longstaff are all GP Trainers while Suzie Gill and Elinor Mathieson are currently undertaking the Trainer course.  Dr Ros Lucy is an undergraduate tutor of medical students from Imperial College Medical School, whilst Drs Nasir Jamal and Laura Lewis have become undergraduate tutors for Buckingham Medical School. We have also appointed Sara Drummond as our Educational Matron, responsible for nurse training as well as the majority of staff appraisals. All members of the practice team are involved in teaching and the learning process. Registrar sessions are at least weekly with daily protected time for surgery debriefs and weekly protected slots for joint surgeries and tutorials.

We also hold weekly clinical meetings which provide a lively forum for discussion of clinical topics, other topics of relevance to general practice, significant event reviews and audit. Other weekly sessions include the PHCT meeting, where we discuss the treatment of patients of concern, and a session between the partners and the Practice Manager. We also have a daily meeting after morning surgery where problem and complex cases are discussed as well as any planned hospital referrals made by the clinical team.