The Fisher Medical Centre can trace its roots back over one hundred years, to the first Dr. Fisher who set up his plate in Skipton in 1885. The last Dr Fisher (Brian) retired in 1994 and the new surgery building has been named after the Fisher family doctors, who worked in the practice for three generations.
The practice has gradually expanded to provide medical services to some 14,000 patients in 300 square miles of the Craven area. We work from our main premises in Skipton, and our branch surgery in Gargrave. This practice was one of the first group-practices in the North of England and was a founding member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. We have been a training practice for the last 30 years and became a teaching practice for undergraduate medical students in 1995. We were granted research practice status in 1997.
We moved to our new purpose-built surgery, The Fisher Medical Centre, in January 1995. The new building has been designed to offer us the best possible facilities for the foreseeable future. During 1996 we completed an extension to the surgery so we could bring our attached nursing staff into the building. At Gargrave, we moved into a new purpose-built surgery in 1984.
We are a busy group practice working in a mixed urban/rural area. Traditionally we have always had a high proportion of patients in Wharfedale and Malhamdale, which means some of our patients are over 20 miles away. The Yorkshire Dales are a popular retirement area, which contributes to our large elderly population. Despite this, in recent years, our visiting load has dropped steadily as we encourage more patients to come to see us at the surgeries in Skipton and Gargrave.
We provide a wide range of medical services. Our experienced team of nurses and health visitors help us to offer many other services to treat illness and maintain good health.
We have long been at the forefront of developments in general practice: We have been involved in training future GPs for many years; over the last few years we have started to help in the training of new doctors by having medical students from Leeds University attached to us and we are involved in research projects which help to keep us up to date. We hope to combine the best of the legacy of family doctoring left to us by the Fishers with a commitment to providing the best of modern medical care.