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How you can be part of a heritage project celebrating health care in Lostock Hall

Posted on - 18th October, 2018 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, History, Lostock Hall, Preston News
Dardsley House will be the new home of Lostock Hall Medical Centre
Dardsley House will be the new home of Lostock Hall Medical Centre

A new heritage project is appealing for people to share their memories of health care in Lostock Hall and the surrounding area.

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The Doctor, Doctor project is part of Lostock Hall Medical Centre’s relocation to Dardsley House on Brownedge Road.

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The new location has a rich history in health care, having been a doctor’s house since the 1890s and then home to the Prescription Pricing Authority from the 1950s until 2008.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Doctor, Doctor is being run by Lostock Hall Medical Centre and the Lancashire Museums Service. The project aims to gather stories from local people about changes in health care during the last 70 years or more.

Read more: Exhibition to explore hidden histories of Whittingham Asylum

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Memory and reminiscence sessions will be held, and the project will culminate in an exhibition about the personal tales of doctors, nurses and patients.

Project coordinator Belinda Scarlett said: “The exhibition will include filmed interviews, photographs and objects that will bring to life the changing experience of going to the doctor.

“These resources will be used in community workshops to celebrate a key part of local peoples’ lives. Some of the stories will be added to a national archive that is being collected as part of the NHS’ 70th anniversary.

Read more: NHS staff surprised by acts of kindness at Royal Preston Hospital

“We want to hear from anyone with memories of going to the doctor in Lostock Hall, for example people who went to Dardsley as a patient or to work at the Prescription Pricing Authority. We’re hoping to collect old photographs, medical documents and pamphlets.

“We’re also looking to recruit people who are interested in local history and can spare even a few hours a month to work as volunteers on the project.”

Anyone interested in taking part in Doctor, Doctor should contact Lostock Hall Medical Centre at their current location at 410 Leyland Road, or by emailing belinda.scarlett@googlemail.com. More information about the project can be found on the Lostock Hall Medical Centre website or the Facebook page.

Will you be taking part in the project? Let us know in the comments below.

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