History of Ashcroft Surgery


"We all stand on the shoulder of giants that came before us..."

How it all started...

Ashcroft Surgery has been serving the community since 1983.  Historically, it has grown from a single- handed practice headed by Dr. Jonathan Gore and was run from a porta-cabin. It then found its home in a purpose-built building at the end of Sherwood Place (in Undercliffe) and soon after, Jonathan was joined by Gill Overend and Ashraf Khan.  

In the mid 1990s, Drs. Sarah Bromley and Nick Price joined and it became a training practice (training newly qualified doctors to become GPs) in 1992.  Then in 2001, the surgery incorporated a singled handed practice on Harrogate Road run by Dr. Martin Spiers (who had retired).  It was at this time that Dr. Ramesh Mehay joined the surgery.  Dr Mehay was already working in Bradford as a Training Programme Director for the Bradford GP Training scheme - which trains about 90 doctors wanting to become GPs every year.  Five years later, he also took up the position of a Senior Honorary Lecturer at the University of Leeds (teaching medical education to qualified doctors wanting to become medical teachers).   He became the GP trainer for the practice in 2003.  In 2012 he was editor for a GP training book which has become a national standard and is used in over 5 universities as the foundation for their Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).  The book was co-written with 50 others (mainly GP educators) and is called: The Essential Handbook of GP Training and Education.  Click to see the Amazon reviews.  Although he resigned from being a Programme Director in 2016, he continues to be the lead GP trainer in the practice.

In 2005, Drs. Bromley and Price left, and Drs. Vijay Shanumugan and Sudhir Krishnan took up positions to replace them.   Shortly after, Dr Gill Overend retired.  With its growth and popularity, Ashcroft Surgery moved to bigger and more accessible premises at Eccleshill in 2008.

In 2014 Dr Ashraf Khan retired but came back to work post-retirement (he couldn't keep away!) and Dr Mehay assumed position of senior partner.  In 2014 Dr Shanumugan decided to leave partnership and become a long-term locum.  Dr Pardip Sandhu, a long standing salaried GP, took his place to become a partner.    Current partners are Dr Mehay, Dr Khan, Dr Krishnan and Dr Sandhu.   We still have Dr Elizabeth Hamblin and Dr Jaskiran Dhillon - our wonderful salaried GPs.


Past GPs
Ex GP trainees
Past Nurses