Sunday, May 25, 2008


A rare visit to Riverside Surgery the other day set me thinking just how much things have changed medically in Brigg over the decades.
As a boy, back in the 1960s, you would be walked down to Dr John Foxton's old premises in Bridge Street, where I seem to recall an old gas fire in the waiting room and a distinct smell of surgical spirit while you were waiting nervously for him to inject you against diptheria, smallpox, tetanus or some other horrible affliction.
The practice later moved to another imposing detached building - The Cedars, near The Monument - with Dr Ernest Bowler and Dr Ken Proctor on the strength.
The current plush Riverside Surgery, with its impressive pharmacy, computerised information systems and on-screen displays, is light years away from the old set-up in Bridge Street.
But Brigg folk still need protecting against lockjaw!

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