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History of the Nuffield Practice


The Nuffield Health Centre was built  in 1965.

It was developed to meet the growing needs of Witney with a charitable donation from "Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust". Lord Nuffield (William Morris of "Morris Motors Ltd" fame) used the proceeds of his company to establish the Trust to fund many health centres and hospitals across the country. 

The Nuffield Health Centre for many years was the only GP practice serving the town.

After a large refurbishment in 2003, the GP practice continued to operate out of the Health Centre under the name of "The Nuffield Practice". They share the Health Centre with the local adult mental health service, Rowlands Pharmacy and the community Health Visitors.


Official Opening  (1966)


 These page from  a brochure created at the time of the building of the Nuffield Health Centre in 1966, to promote it's development. Click on a page to enlarge view.

 There is a video hosted by the BFI's from that time featuring Dr Mark Slee (who is pictured with his feet up on a coffee table in the brochure), showing what General Practice and Witney were like in the day.  

Press Cutting from Witney Gazette from when the Health Centre's first opened.


Further information

Zero Tolerance Statement

Our staff come to work to care for others, and it is important for all members of the public and our staff to be treated with respect.
We aim to treat our patients courteously at all times and expect our patients to treat our staff in a similary way.

We take seriously any threatening, abusive or violent behaviour againist any of our staff or patients. if a patient is violent or abusive, they will be asked to stop. if they persist, we may exercise our rights to take action to have them removed, immediately if necessary from our pratice list.

The practice considers thratening behaviour to be:

Attempted or actual aggressive threatening physical actions made towards any member of staff.
The use of aggressive, threatening or abusive language, (including raising of the voice, swearing and cursing, shouting) which threatens or intimidates staff.
In line with the rest of the NHS, and to ensure this is fully observed we have a Zero Tolerance policy in place, whereby any aggressive or violent behaviour towards our staff will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Anyone giving verbal abuse to members of the staff will be sent a letter from the Practice stating that this behaviour will not be tolerated and may result in the removal from the Practice patient list. There will be no appeal process.

We hope that you will understand and welcome this policy which is in place for the best interest of our hard working staff as well as our patients.

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