Centre was built on the leasehold land of the Charity called the Bournville Village Trust. The build was commissioned by Dr John Haslam in partnership with Dr David Emery in 1969. Both were previously working from 1020 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, now, interestingly, the site of Mill Health Centre, Leatherbridge, the fictional GP practice in the BBC TV series ‘Doctors’. Dr Haslam sadly died on 18 July 1970 at the early age of 38, only a month after the completion of Griffins Brook Medical Centre. His courage and philosophical acceptance of his illness were long remembered by his patients to whom he was devoted.
Dr Julien Khan, who was in partnership with Dr Emery, bought the building from him in 1997. I joined the partnership in June 2007 and purchased the building from Dr Khan. Dr Khan left the partnership in December 2007 in order to work closer to her home in Shropshire.
Dr Modi joined the practice in 2008 and then Dr Ray joined in May 2016. We merged with Bunbury Road Surgery at the same time to form BG Health. In May 2020, we merged with Granton Medical Centre to form BG Health and Granton Medical Centre.
We became a GP training practice in 2011 and then began teaching medical students in 2019.
Being purpose built, Griffins Brook Medical Centre has managed to grow from a building serving 1800 patients, to serving 4000 patients, by way of several internal adaptations over the years. However, we have finally completely outgrown the building with no more space to adapt. We are therefore looking forward to moving to our new building, College Green Medical Practice, although with sadness, we will leave many fond memories behind at Griffins Brook Medical Centre.
Dr Helen Parsons, March 2021