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I think we all smoked (passively) from birth in those days, CT.

 

Dr Halley died in 1976, aged 56. He would have been in his early 40s when I first started my annual November visits.

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Remember going to see Dr Lavalle or Dr Cox at the practice on Alfreton Rd and Hartley Rd as a child usual mumps, chicken pox and measles the waiting room was always smokey and grandfather ticking loudly seemed quiet and spookey i hated going there.

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I think I’ve mentioned this before but it’s worth retelling. My wife’s grandparents owned Flints newsagents on Alfreton Road and her grandfather was best friends with Dr Lavelle who lived opposite. One Sunday Dr Lavelle asked to borrow the car which he did occasionally to go to some ‘do’. He was asked to be back at a certain time as Colin, their son, my wife’s dad was doing his national service and had to be back at Derby that night and used the car as it wasn’t otherwise used in the week. The good doctor eventually turned up to an anxious Colin waiting to leave for Derby as it was getting late.  To say Dr Lavelle was ‘worse for wear’ was an understatement. It was at this point Colin realised that the car although bore a passing resemblance to the one he’d borrowed was not the one he’d left in. It was quickly established where he’d been so Colin drove there and found a very angry man scratching his head outside looking for his car. The error was explained and although not very pleased took his car and the right car retrieved from where it had been parked hours before. 
Dr Lavelle was a lovely with a pleasant soft Irish accent.

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I think I've mentioned this before, as well. That practice, I believe, belonged to two doctors both named Cox. They were man and wife.  At one point, many years ago, they lived at a house on Alfreton Road, just above The Alma Inn, where they also had their GP practice. Their housekeeper, who also lived there, was a Vera Smith who was a friend of my relatives, Emily and George Ward of Garden Street which is only a couple of minutes' walk away.

 

Vera remained with Mrs/Dr Cox after the death of male Dr Cox, the practice having been sold and a move to Mapperley Park had taken place. Vera was now more of a companion than a housekeeper, although I believe both women were intransigent, argumentative and seemed to spend much of their time at daggers drawn.  

 

My mum remained in touch with Vera after Dr Cox died and Vera moved to a flat in Lenton where she resided until her death.  The original practice was owned by a Dr Verma at one point and eventually became a dental practice.

 

I've been trying to recall the name of the house in Mapperley Park. I think it was The Point, or something similar.

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2 hours ago, letsavagoo said:

My wife’s grandparents owned Flints newsagents on Alfreton Road and her grandfather was best friends with Dr Lavelle who lived opposite. 

 

There was a family of Lavelle doctors on Clifton in the 60s and 70s. At various times father and son operated at the same surgery. Could they have been related or connected to the Radford branch ?

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@Cliff Ton

 

The name Dr Lavalle/Levelle was often heard when I was growing up but I wasn't really aware of where his practice was.

 

Doctoring, as it were,  sometimes runs in families.  I've often been asked if I'm related to Dr Sparrow. Not as far as I know but I believe there were a number of them around the Bingham area. I've also heard it said that at least one was over fond of the drinkie poos.  That doesn't sound like my Sparrows ;)

 

Sadly, like vets, I believe the medical profession has its fair share of alcoholics. Given the stress of those professions, I'm not surprised.

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Dr Lavelle I’m speaking of wasn’t a lush but had indulged a little too enthusiastically on the evening I spoke of. Even though he’s long gone I feel uncomfortable to give the impression he was a drunk. 

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A couple of years ago, just before Christmas and also before they locked their doors, I nipped into the surgery to make an appointment for a blood test. Behind the girl at the back of the glass screen was a large desk and it was covered with bottle bags, labels attached, and boxed bottles of whisk(e)y of various kinds. While I was waiting for an appointment, I counted them. There were in excess of 40. I wonder who the recipients were?

 

I salted the information away. Thought it might be useful ammunition the next time their lard bucket nurse demands to know how many units of alcohol I drink.  Might also throw in that, when I sit down, I only require one chair! :rolleyes:

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7 hours ago, Jill Sparrow said:

Might also throw in that, when I sit down, I only require one chair! 

Miaowwww....   :rolleyes:

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There was a Dr. Sparrow had a practice on Church St. Eastwood i went there for a medical for insurance purposes he had a daughter named Primrose that went to the same High School as me.

 

Can anyone remember Dr Stebbings i think i spelt it right he was in the same practice as Dr Lavalle on Alfreton rd.

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Stebbings and Lavelle were indeed the same Alfreton Road practice and were my wife’s family’s doctors for years. Lavelle was the preferable one to see. Stebbings could be a bit sharp. I see it’s being spelt Lavelle and Lavalle. My wife who Is always right on all things says it’s with an e. Anyone care to take her on. I’m not.

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The one still on Clifton could well be the younger version who I remember (although by now he will obviously be a bit older).

 

Looking at old telephone directories, the one on Alfreton Road (along with Stebbings) was spelt as Lavelle.

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A Dr Terence Raphael Lavelle died in 2013 and the funeral was held at an RC church in the Aspley area. Possibly the doctor who was connected with Alfreton Road?

 

I can see two Peters with that surname. One born in 1947 and another in the mid 1960s.

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Again in the phone books....the one on Alfreton Road was M Lavelle.

 

However, I now remember the elder Clifton one was T, so I think that's him who passed away in 2013. And the age would fit.

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Finally managed to get a blood test to check my levels for my thyroid medication today. Already had to cancel a hospital appointment because of the shortage of the blood vials. I must say it was the most painful blood test I have ever had which is saying something as my last doctor, who retired during the pandemic, could bring tears to your eyes when he did them. Think my head nearly hit the ceiling as the “small scratch” felt like she had put a red hot needle in my arm, don’t know if perhaps she hit a nerve when she did it if that is possible. I had it done over an hour ago and it is still aching and is tender to the touch, haven’t taken the plaster off yet but am expecting an enormous bruise when I do! 
 

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In other news....

 

As of today I am now 'on the list' at Wrightington Hospital for a 'double' TKR, which translates as Total Knee Replacement in both knees.  Waiting time is 6-12 months for the first op and then all being well the second one 6 months later.  So, with luck and a following wind I may be able to walk without pain sometime in the next 18 months.

 

Which is nice.. :)

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A friend of mine in his early 80's has had this double op and he's back playing golf and driving steam trains now. He was out logging with a chainsaw at the weekend and chucking big logs into a trailer. Best of luck!

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My neighbour recently had a full knee replacement after years of agony. She was operated on in the morning and physio had her standing in the afternoon. She was walking the following day and now, after a couple of months, she fairly skips along. She said the pain had gone and all she had to put up with was soreness. I can't believe how quickly she recovered. Very best wishes DJ, I hope all goes well. Regards, Barrie.

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All the best Col  mate. Hopefullythe  covid crisis will ease soon and they get through the lists a bit quicker

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