Statement From Ephedra Healthcare

Ephedra Healthcare Limited is a company that was formed in 2008 by the GP Practices in the Welwyn and Hatfield in light of the Government decision to open a GP led Health Centre in Welwyn Garden City.


They won the contract for the centre in December 2008 and on 1st June 2009 Spring House Medical Centre was opened. It has grown its registered list size from 0 to 7,300 in the intervening 6 years. In addition it has seen on average 21,000 unregistered patients each year.

Ephedra have recently been awarded contracts to run both Ware Road Surgery in Hertford and our surgery in Buntingford. These contracts became available because the existing contract holders (in the case of our surgery Dr Stuart Handysides) decided to give up their contracts with the NHS.

There are currently 5 Directors who run Ephedra Healthcare Ltd. Three of these are GPs who work in Practices in Welwyn and Hatfield and the other two are Practice Managers who work in the same area.

It is our hope that you should notice little change in the service that you received from the staff and Doctors at Orchard Surgery other than of course Dr Handysides will no longer be working there.

Dr Corlett, the nurse and administrative staff will remain unchanged.

Arrangements have been made to employ two salaried doctors to replace Dr Handysides. Dr Aziz who has previously worked in Stevenage as a partner at St Nicholas Health Centre and Dr Sophia Egbuniwe who was trained at the QE2 on the Welwyn Garden Scheme and has been working as a locum in Hertfordshire for the past 12 months. 

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