About Us

Hadwen History

The practice was founded in 1896 by Dr Walter Hadwen; who had moved from Highbridge in Somerset to Gloucester to open a surgery in Barton Street.

Dr Hadwen was a qualified pharmacist who trained as a mature student at Bristol University Medical School, winning Gold Medals in Medicine and Surgery. He campaigned for many causes, becoming a city councillor and founding a church in Southgate Street in 1906 at which he preached and still exists today. He founded a convalescent home in Pitchcombe for chronically ill patients. ‘Dr. Hadwen of Gloucester’ was also referred to as the ‘terrible and unanswerable Hadwen’ by George Bernard Shaw, the famous playwright. He once addressed a committee of the American Senate on the subject of Animal Vivisection. Loved and respected by his patients, stories of him were told at a centenary celebration in 1996 by some who were able to attend.

Practice Values

Having respect for all

  • Treating patients with courtesy and dignity
  • Valuing each person as an individual
  • Being especially supportive to the vulnerable

Accountable for our actions

  • Taking responsibility for our actions
  • Being open and transparent to the people who use our services
  • Having the integrity to speak truthfully

Developing our services

  • Being responsive and adaptive to change
  • Using all available resources to provide the best possible service to our patients
  • Ensuring that our services take place in a safe environment

Working as a team

  • Respecting and valuing everyone’s contribution
  • Building a mutually supportive environment
  • Proving equality of opportunity for all without discrimination

Engaging and collaborating

  • Involving patients in decisions aimed at improving their health and well-being
  • Working with the CCG and local practices to ensure appropriate services are available for our patients
  • Providing effective support to carers

No blame culture

  • Encouraging candour, openness, and honesty at all levels
  • Learning from complaints and significant events
  • Promoting best practice