PATIENTS will get two doctors for the price as one as a South Tyneside surgery starts its first partnership in the past three decades.
For more than 30 years, Imeary Street Surgery in South Shields has operated as just a single-handed GP practice.
But now Dr James Gordon has joined Dr Anji Curry, who took over running the surgery in 2010, in offering the first partnership in years.
Dr Curry, who is also the vice-chairman of the Local Medical Committee – which represents GPs – and is originally from South Shields, said: “I decided to take on a partner as I want to further develop the practice. I feel that by having an additional male GP here, this will offer an increased choice for patients.”
The surgery, which originally belonged to Dr Stephen Miller for 25 years before his 2010 retirement, was refurbished in 2011.
It also has a part-time nurse practitioner and practice nurse, an assistant practice manager, secretary, administrator and three part time receptionists.
Dr Gordon, who took up his position less than a fortnight ago, is looking forward to his new challenge.
He will also be continuing his role as clinical director of mental health and learning disability for South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group.
He said: “I have worked in a number of practices across South Tyneside over the past few years, but I am very pleased to be joining Dr Curry at the Imeary Street Surgery.
“I am looking forward to meeting the patients.”