Warders Medical Centre

47 East St, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1LA |The Surgery, Village Hall, Penshurst, Kent TN11 8BP
Tel: 01732 770088 | Fax: 01732 770033

After the NHS was formed

After the NHS was formed

The advent of the National Health Service in 1948 initially affected the practice badly. Shortly after Herman retired Tuckett and Easton left to become hospital consultants. For Tuckett the option of being both a general practitioner and surgeon no longer existed. Although he opted for a full time surgical career in 1950, he would still come into the surgery every Thursday morning and see minor surgical cases or those who just needed putting on a waiting list for a surgical procedure. These were some of the earliest outreach clinics in the NHS.





Theodore Dewey, known as Dore, qualified in 1926 from Cambridge and St. Thomas’ Hospital, gained experience at St. Thomas’ and the Victoria Children’s Hospital, Chelsea before joining the practice. He had a reputation as a very skilled obstetrician. He joined the practice in 1930. Apart from medicine, his great love was gardening at which he excelled, and on which he expended a great deal of money in developing the garden at his home, Warders. He retired in 1962 and died in a road accident in 1978.






Stuart Leslie Melville (served 1945 – 1977) qualified at the beginning of the war in 1942 from Cambridge and Kings College Hospital. After service in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in the South Atlantic and Far East, he joined the practice in 1947. He had a strong interest in Botany. As junior partner he was expected to give the anaesthetics for surgical procedures at the Cottage Hospital and for obstetric emergencies at the Tonbridge Nursing Home, although he had little training in the subject.





On Easton’s departure, Stuart Gordon Adam Forsyth (served 1949 – 1987) arrived. He had a qualification in children’s diseases, which gave him the opportunity to look after the paediatric wards at Pembury Hospital when the consultant paediatrician was away.

Vocational training for general practitioners started in the 1970’s (prior to this experience had to be gained in hospitals, which was often inappropriate for the problems faced by general practitioners). Stuart Forsyth became the first trainer of GP’s in the practice and also for a time ran the local vocational training scheme. He was a founder of the Tonbridge Music Club and was well known in the town. Forsyth Hall in Bradford Street was named in his honour