These are the five prettiest GP surgeries in the UK
18th October 2022

From a Grade II-listed church to a 19th century former school and an adorable ‘cottage surgery’, FEMAIL reveals some of the prettiest GP centres in the UK (and the biggest eyesores!)

  • FEMAIL has searched Britain for the five prettiest and five ugliest GP surgeries
  • If you visited all of them in a single trip you would drive a whopping 911 miles
  • The prettiest includes a converted 150-year-old Grade II listed church in Hove

If you’re heading to the GP, chances are you probably aren’t paying too close attention to your surroundings.

However, a pretty environment may be just what you need to cheer you up a little bit. FEMAIL has searched Britain for the five of the prettiest, and a handful of the ugliest, GP surgeries.

If you visited all of them in a single trip you would drive 911 miles, and it would take more than 18 hours non-stop.

Here, MailOnline reveals some of the most gorgeous GP practices as well as the worst eye-sores in the UK…

Prettiest 

1. Old School Surgery, Great Bedwyn

Built in 1835 to be a school for just 30 children in Great Bedwyn, a rural village in Wiltshire, this gorgeous building has been turned into a GP practice

Built in 1835 to be a school for just 30 children in Great Bedwyn, a rural village in Wiltshire, this gorgeous building has been turned into a GP practice. 

The National School was set up in 1835 and teachers imparted knowledge to the village’s children for 158 years. 

It was built by the Marquess of Ailesbury, whose estate included the village from Tudor times until 1929. 

At its peak, attendance swelled to 150 in the 1930s. It was only in 1993 when a primary school was built in nearby Farm Lane in the east of the village that the old school transformed into a doctors’ surgery 

2. Trinity Medical Centre, Hove

This surgery was converted from a 150-year-old Grade II-listed church in Hove, Brighton (pictured)  

This surgery was converted from a 150-year-old Grade II-listed church in Hove, Brighton. 

A new porch was built into the existing church as well as two floors inside. The original Holy Trinity Church was built in 1864 by architect James Woodman, who was from the area. 

He used red brick with stone dressings in an Italian Gothic style. English Heritage listed the building as Grade II in 1992 but by 2009 it was facing demolition and was one of the most threatened Victorian buildings in the country. 

It was only five years ago in 2017 that the Trinity Medical Centre was formed, converting the church’s interior into three floors of surgeries 

3. Beard Medical Practice, Bristol 

 With stone balconies set behind a stunning array of trees and greenery, it is no surprise the Beard Medical Practice makes our list

With stone balconies set behind a stunning array of trees and greenery, it is no surprise the Beard Medical Practice makes our list. 

Residing in Litfield House, which is within walking distance of Clifton Suspension Bridge, doctors first used it in 1938 when Bristol consultant Jack Angell-James bought the building. 

It was built almost 100 years before for Bristol shipping merchant Henry Bush in 1830 and is also a Grade II-listed building 

4. The Cottage Surgery, Loughborough

 This quaint little surgery is in the market town Loughborough, and has a lovely stone wall surrounding it

This quaint little surgery is in the market town Loughborough, and has a lovely stone wall surrounding it.

It serves the people of Charnwood Forest and sits beside another gorgeous building, the Woodhouse Eaves Methodist Church, whose Gothic-style walls were put up in 1800. 

While the surgery has a cosy feel, it has made sure it is more sustainable in the 21st century but including solar panels on its roof .

5. Windrush Medical Practice, Witney 

 The most modern-looking of the surgeries on our prettiest list, this health centre in Witney, Oxfordshire, has sleek curves with a wooden finish while still remaining elegant

The most modern-looking of the surgeries on our prettiest list, this health centre in Witney, Oxfordshire, has sleek curves with a wooden finish while still remaining elegant. 

After opening in 2014, the practice has become one of the most popular GP surgeries in Oxfordshire. During 2021, it was also at the front of the fight against Covid and was one of the first GP-led facilities to help trial a vaccine for the disease

Ugliest 

1. Kersiebank Medical Practice, Grangemouth

 Whether it’s the corrugated metal or the blocky feeling to this surgery in Scotland, the building doesn’t fill you with awe

Whether it’s the corrugated metal or the blocky feeling to this surgery in Scotland, the building doesn’t fill you with awe. 

However, the site isn’t just struggling with shoddy architecture. For more than half a decade the Scottish GP surgery has kept going through extreme staff shortages — at one point there were just two doctors to take care of 10,000 patients.

Luckily for people living in Grangemouth, what the building looks like doesn’t mimic the quality of care at the beleaguered practice 

2. Wideway Medical Centre, London 

 Similarly this Merton GP practice in London may have an interesting angled roof but that doesn’t mean it’s pleasant to look at

Similarly this Merton GP practice in London may have an interesting angled roof but that doesn’t mean it’s pleasant to look at. 

Even so, that doesn’t mean the doctors working at the eyesore have let it dampen their spirits. 

Dr Mohan Sekeram from Wideway Medical Practice raised hundreds with his health hero partners from the surrounding area as he abseiled down the side of AFC Wimbledon’s stadium in Plough Lane this May.

 He was raising money for a group supporting people living in the area 

3. The Wilberforce Surgery, Hull 

This surgery sticks out like a sore thumb among the red brick homes of Hull with its angled roof and jarring cream, red and grey colour scheme

This surgery sticks out like a sore thumb among the red brick homes of Hull with its angled roof and jarring cream, red and grey colour scheme.

It may have been better suited in a fantasy film with its futuristic design. 

The building cost a whopping £16.5million to construct and was designed by HLM architects, who acknowledged there needed to be a ‘considered approach from the surrounding city’. 

Whether or not this was achieved is ultimately up to the eye of the beholder.

4. The Halliwell Surgery, Bolton

If this surgery wasn’t a GP practice it seems it might also be repurposed as a medieval fort – it already has a curtain wall typical of a castle

If this surgery wasn’t a GP practice it seems it might also be repurposed as a medieval fort – it already has a curtain wall typical of a castle. 

Whether or not the architect had this in mind, it was during medieval times that Bolton officially became a town. 

Although the settlement only had several hundred people living there it was made into a town in 1251, during the reign of Henry III .

5. Burscough Family Practice, West Lancashire 

Burscough may be known for its Martin Mere wildfowl reserve but this GP practice is doing little for the prettiness of the town

Burscough may be known for its Martin Mere wildfowl reserve but this GP practice is doing little for the prettiness of the town. 

The family practice has been run from the the health centre in Burscough village since 1980. 

The village itself has Viking roots – its name comes from the Old English for fortress, Burh, and the Old Scandinavian for woods, Skógr.

It reflect’s the village’s history as a fortress in the woods of West Lancashire.

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