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The Meridian Surgery story so far
In 1986, Dr. John Etherton, already a general practitioner in Peacehaven felt that there was a need for a medical practice in central Peacehaven.
He therefore left where he was working, and in January 1987, hired a portacabin in a car park next to the Meridian Centre.
Within months he had too many patients under his care, and, by the end
of the year, he had been joined by Dr. Waters. As the practice outgrew the portacabin, they planned the present purpose built premises, which were opened in April 1989.
Growth continued, and in October 1991 Dr. Starling joined the partnership. Things were stable for a few years until, in the summer of 1996, Dr. Waters became part-time. To accommodate the increasing number of patients registering with the practice, Dr. Gurtler was appointed that same summer.
Within a year, Dr. Waters’ outside medical commitments had expanded and in June 1997, he retired from the practice. On 1st October 1998 Dr. White joined the practice and on the same day, Dr Etherton handed over the position of Senior Partner to Dr. Starling.
In February 2001, the surgery became a training practice for hospital doctors seeking to become new general practitioners. All the staff are involved in the teaching of these medical students with Dr. Starling and Dr. White being the specialised qualified trainers.
Eventually the Surgery became too big for the building, and a new building was planned. For the next few years the Surgery moved into a time of great transition, and we became like nomads; moving around Peacehaven.
From the old converted council day centre Downlands on the far east of Peacehaven, we moved back to the Meridian Centre and spent four years in portacabins at the Co-op car park.
Finally, in February 2012 we moved into our exciting new state of the art building, called Anchor Healthcare Centre, as tenants of Meridian Medical Services.