History of our Practice

On this page we're pleased to share with you some of the history of our practice and the area.  

The History of our Practice

The partnership now based at Theatre Royal Surgery was originally established in the early 1970's in Park Road, Dereham by Dr David Mathias, Dr Ken Mourin and Dr Jim Murray (known as the three M's) working from a converted bungalow.  After Dr Murray left to work in Holland they were joined by Dr Adrian Caro.

As the practice grew, more space was needed and the  partnership bought the old old Theatre Royal which was demolished in 1978 to build the new surgery. 

In 1979 the practice moved to it's new home in Theatre Street and became known as Theatre Royal Surgery.                                                                                                                                                                   

At the time, the building was considered to be a cutting-edge design for general practice and was commissioned from the renowned architectural practice of Fielden & Mawson in  Norwich.  It was built by R.G. Carter Ltd. of Drayton.  The practice building is mentioned in Pevsner's Architectural Guide.  When the practice was built it was designed to house four GP's, a GP Trainee, two practice nurses and supporting administrative staff.


As the demands of general practice grew, it became  necessary to expand the practice.  The partnership grew, the nursing team was enlarged and several more administrative staff were recruited.  It soon became clear that the practice needed an extension!

 In the early 1990's a two storey extension was added to the front of the main building, providing an entrance foyer, larger waiting room, and a first floor library/meeting room plus other sundry rooms.

In 2010, we ran out of space and plans were drawn up for a single storey extension at the rear of the premises to replace the portable building that was been in situ for five years.  This extension was completed in 2011 and provides three extra clinical rooms and admin offices.


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