The street where you live (7) - Sprowston Road

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

This is the seventh in an occasional series of articles by Forest Gate resident, Peter Williams, who specialises in Newham housing, maps and local history. In each he looks, in detail, at the history of particular streets in Forest Gate.

Names associated with the City of Norwich are common in Forest Gate because the old land owing families like the Gurneys and Frys originated in Norfolk. Sprowston is part of Norwich.

The 1863 Ordnance Survey (OS) Map. Details, here
The Eastern Counties railway arrived in the late 1830's and started to open the area up to development. However you can see on the map above that the area round Sprowston Road was undeveloped in the mid 1860's. It is to the left or west of the Pawnbrokers Almshouses (see here for history of the almshouses).

1895 OS map. Details, here
On this map the Almshouses have gone, and in this 30 year period hundreds of houses were built, including Hamfrith, Atherton, Norwich, Sprowston, and Clova Roads, and Earlham Grove, which were part of the Gurney estate (c. 1870–90) ....and the north side of Romford Road. 

These houses, many of which survive, include detached, semi-detached, and terraced types. In Romford Road, where sites were no doubt more expensive, they are often three-storeyed. Some on the north side of that road had coach-houses in Atherton Mews and Sprowston Mews (see below).

Comfortable, middle class occupants

Many of the houses in Sprowston Road are very substantial and the late Victorians and Edwardians would have called them villas. They were aimed at solid professionals (solicitors; engineers; musicians; politicians; senior teachers), attracted by the excellent railway service to the City, nearby open space and the many good shops on Woodgrange Road.

The 1901 census, for example, includes:

Robert Leslie marine engineer lived at Mayfield, Sprowston Road(A few years later in 1913 this same house was occupied by an architect Frank Webster)
20 Sprowston was occupied by a marine chemical manufacturer, Herbert Canham
14 was occupied by a bank manager
12 was occupied by a solicitor
21 was supervisor in Inland Revenue (see below for later occupant - servant employing painter and decorator)
23 was a bank accountant
7, 8, 24 and 25 were occupied by people "living on their own means", i.e. they had money

Domestic help was still common until the Second World War, as the adverts, below, indicates:

Chelmsford Chronicle, 18 May 1888

16 Sprowston Road in 2015
Chelmsford Chronicle, 19 Sep 1890

Rupert Vigor was a plumber and decorator. As late as 1938 domestic help was still needed to sleep in:

Essex Newsman, 4 Jun 1938

The Era October 1935

Famous ex-resident: Tony Banks MP

One of the most famous residents of the street was politician Tony Banks MP who lived at number 7 till the late 1990's, with his wife Sally Jones, a Newham Council social worker. Extra security was added to the house, because of possible threats, including alarms, grilles and external roller shutters, like you see in Germany.

7 Sprowston Road, former home
 of the late Tony Banks MP
When the Channel Tunnel Rail link (CTRL) was built in the mid 1990's the tunnel passed directly under the houses, and he made various comments about the blight. For more on Tony Banks and his famous quotes and remarks, including those about the tunnel, see here.

Block adjacent to 2 Sprowston Road

This is an example of one of many small blocks of flats built speculatively in Newham over recent years to a fairly low standard which has ended up in the private rented sector (PRS), not owner occupation. Space standards are minimal and the overall quality is not good, but there is an insatiable demand for renting. 

Speculatively built block at the corner of
 Sprowston and Earlham Grove. 
In 1991 census the PRS has about 20,000 dwellings in Newham and it was declining. By 2011 census this has risen to over 40,000 dwellings. Newham estimated in 2010 there were 4,000 landlords; in fact there are over 22,000, as revealed by the council’s pioneering landlord licensing scheme which requires every PRS property to get a licence from the council to operate.

Many amateur landlords have one or two buy to let properties, effectively their personal pension.

Over the years many of the large houses became run down and the landlords switched them to HMOs (House in Multiple Occupation, as the council call them). A number of the houses were homeless temporary accommodation. In other words, councils rented the property from a private landlord and then placed families that Newham has a duty to house in the accommodation.

Some were divided into rooms. This particularly happened from the mid 1990s when councils became very short of accommodation as the Right to Buy, the boom in buy to let and the end of rent control in 1988 had a major effect on supply of affordable homes in London. Councils were not in a position to build homes and had to rely on housing associations.

The table of housing statistics, below, illustrates the position.  The coumns are, respectively: Date; Bed and breakfast; Homes leased from private landlords; and Council’s own stock let on temporary basis:

1.4.92 199 1960 314
1.4.93 50 2407 288
1.4.94 45 2346 273
1.4.95 96 1770 174
1.4.96 53 1500 300
1.4.97 83 1255 84
1.4.98 226 1381 38
1.4.99 270 1202 157
1.4.00 346 1369 292
1.4.01 698 1522 494
1.4.02 1000 n/a n/a

Source: Homeless statistics Newham
 published on government websites. 

The council also had about 70 bedspaces in its own hostels like 136 Earlham Grove. The property crash of 1992-6 account for the low numbers in B&B during those years. Leasing fell when the property market recovered and B&B went up.

Cheap hotels

Global Guest House 25 Sprowston Road still operates as a cheap hotel for the homeless and other homeless hotels trade on the Romford Rd nearby, though some have tried to move up market and attract tourists and building contractors since the Olympics:

McCreadies Hotel

Newham Hotel
Hartley Hotel
Manor House hotel
Forest View Hotel
St Andrew Hotel
Viking Motel E15

Often these were used by other London boroughs, not Newham, as homeless temporary accommodation and conditions could be a concern for Newham's environmental health inspectors.

By the 1990s Newham had a number of policies in place to try to limit the impact. For example, under its planning policy there was a presumption that further hostel-type uses would not be allowed round Earlham Grove and the neighbouring streets as there were already children’s homes, hostels for single mums and young people as well as the homeless families’ accommodation.

Passmore Urban Renewal, 1 of 5 pilot partnerships trialled by the then Labour government, formed between local housing associations and LBN, was registered in Nov 2000 with an office at 238 Romford (a property that became controversial for other reasons in 2015 when a Newham councillor was seen to be breaching licence conditions for an HMO he had established there without obtaining relevant permissions, see here). 

Its aim was to lead urban regeneration in Forest Gate within the HMO Registration and Single Regenerating Budget (SRB) whose boundaries were co-terminus, for example buying empty or badly managed private sector homes and making them available for either renting to key workers or sale. Funding was obtained from the government’s SRB or Single Regeneration Budget and New Deal for Communities or NDC money. Fuller details can be seen here.

Local Housing Associations

Later in the mid 2000's Newham Council formed a brand new housing association called Local Space with the sole aim of providing better quality homeless temporary accommodation. Newham handed over 450 occupied tower block flats as starting equity, the government put in £25m and there was a large commercial loan from the Bank of Canada secured against the equity and government money. 

In the next few years Local Space was able to buy 1000 additional homes across east London as high quality homeless temporary accommodation for Newham at relatively affordable rents to the tenants. Local Space has been commended as an example of innovative good practice. Passmore assets later went to Local Space. See here.

The 19th century Quaker philanthropists like the Frys and Gurneys would have approved on such public sector driven renewal at rents people can afford given their involvement in things like Cadbury’s Bourneville village trust in Birmingham, and Rowntree and Terry’s in York.

The block of flats below at the corner of Sprowston and Earlham was developed by Columbus First Housing Association in the 1980s. The association was wound up soon after and became part of Circle 33 HA, themselves later absorbed in Circle Anglia. 

This reflects the rationalisation of the housing association movement, the absorption of small associations into larger and larger ones. Some now own 80-100,000 properties. L&Q, a local association, has 70,000 and massive cash reserves and now build homes without government grant, to avoid some of their constraints, for example forcing housing associations to develop homes for sale not rent.

Flats on corner of Sprowston and Earlham Grove;
 housing association property, but also centre
 of strange international tax haven network
 of companies - see immediately below
31 Sprowston Road: international intrigue

This flat emerged as an address of convenience for a bewildering collection of companies and investment trusts, based in international tax havens, earlier this year (a photo of the block it is in is above). 

These were revealed by the recent so-called Panama Papers, produced by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The ICIJ published over 11 million documents obtained from Panama-based lawyers, which showed the use of tax havens on an industrial scale by citizens from around the world, assumed usually for tax evasion purposes (see here).

It is difficult to know exactly what role the Spowston Road flat (picture) has, other than as an address of convenience for a complicated mish-mash of international wheelers and dealers.

The following would appear to be the case, according to the Panama Papers. The address is associated with a Chinese citizen, Zhu You Ting. This person is a shareholder in a Hong Hong company, registered in 2006, called UP and UP Co Ltd. The address at which it was registered in Hong Kong is also the registered address of over 7,000 other companies.

The other shareholder in UP and UP is a company called Mossfor Subscribers Ltd.  This firm is a shareholder in over 4,000 other companies.

The jurisdiction of UP and UP Co Ltd is Samoa. One of the reasons for using tax havens for international registration is that there are minimal demands on transparency from companies so registered.  Thus, there are no publically available details of the activities, incomes, beneficiaries or taxes paid by UP and UP - anywhere.

So: bewilderment. But it seems unlikely that anyone (or group or people) would resort to creating the complicated web of international jurisdictions and addresses of convenience, if they did not wish to hide activities, or evade taxation.

By turns: fascinating and frustrating - like most of the Panama Papers!

Sprowston Mews

At the Romford Road end of Sprowston Road is the mews. It even figures on specialist mews website like this one, where it says:

The Mews
Situated in East London in the Borough of Newham is Sprowston Mews; a through road off Sprowston Road. The Mews contains 22 properties used for commercial purposes. It is located on the site of the original Mews, but has been redeveloped to a degree that it no longer contains any surviving Mews properties.
The Mews is not part of a Conservation Area. A high explosive bomb fell into Clova Road, just north of the Mews in World war 11 (see here, for details). The properties have plain brick facades, surrounded a tarmacadam road surface.
The original purpose of the Mews was to provide stable/coach house accommodation for the main houses on the surrounding streets and nowadays they are used primarily for commercial purposes.
Before and since 2003 there have been a large amount of planning applications made for alterations to the properties within the Mews, the most notable thing being; the complete demolition of many properties and the erection of newer developments.

As Tony Banks was happy to point out,. the minicab firms, garages, panel beaters and car sprayers caused a lot of problems at the end of the road and this continues to this day. There is congestion, noise and the smell of the spray paint. An official Newham Council document from a few years ago summarises the planning position:

Site description
Sprowston Mews is an unadopted lane which runs between Norwich Road and Sprowston Road. The lane is within a largely conservation area and the western entrance is adjacent to the listed former Congregational Church (currently Azhar Academy Girl's school - see here for details of English Heritage listing). Buildings are in various uses, mainly employment (particularly car repair) and open spaces relating to gardens of residential properties.
The condition of the mews, buildings and land provide concerns relating to unauthorised uses of premises, pollution, noise, traffic congestion, fly-tipping, drainage and other anti-social behaviour issues.
Sprowston Mews is an allocated site within the Newham UDP (development plan) (m2) as a mixed-use development including residential, live/work and employment uses suitable for a residential area. There is guidance provided in the Sprowston Mews Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG).

The official council map below shows the extent
 of  Sprowston Mews (source):(note this
 SPD is no longer current policy).

Interestingly a number of years ago a group of council officials recommended pursuing a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on all the businesses, but councillors did not agree, as the cost would have been very considerable, as the council would have had to pay market value in compensation.

In 2016 the eastern end is all car related businesses, but in the last few years at the western end near Norwich Road some low quality residential properties have appeared. With gentrification in Forest Gate some innovative architects are proposing further residential development; as mews type dwellings in wealthier parts of London can be enormously attractive and up market. This mews clearly has potential.

Nearby £2m house?

Almost opposite the Mews is what the recent owners hoped would become Forest Gate's first £2m house - unfortunately they look unlikely to receive that asking price (see here for full details, and more recent developments).

Former businesses in Sprowston Mews

Westhill & Co

Essex Newsman, 24 Jul 1915
Essex Newsman, 28 Mar 1931
1954 Rye-Arc electrical engineers

1922 Palfryman printers & stationers

1949 Ampee Brush Co

Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish
 Advertiser, 17 Feb 1950
And in the same premises a few years later we have 1990 Mick Tomlin supplier of drapes and tracks to theatres:

Motor dealers

Fire engine near 22 Sprowston Road February 2012

As mentioned, above, there are a number of motor dealers in the Mews and one of them must have bought this Dennis Rapier retired fire engine from the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, it was a bit of an anomaly in East London, with its distinctive livery. It was not in Sprowston very long. It originally served at Worthing and has recently been preserved by an enthusiast in the south of England.

Dennis started building fire engines in the 1908 and the Rapier is considered by many fire-fighters to be the finest appliances ever built, with extraordinary road holding, even as speed. Sadly Dennis ceased to build fire engines in 2007 just before the centenary, another British manufacturer with a world-wide reputation for innovation and brilliant design that could not compete. Scania, Mercedes, MAN and Volvo dominate the market. (See here)

(The author Peter Williams is writing a book on the history of West Ham Fire Brigade, which used Dennis fire engines from 1911 to the brigade’s demise in 1965. For an extraordinary survival to this day of an open top 1931 West Ham Dennis Big 6 fire engine see here)

The West Ham machine is now in safe hands, in a millionaire’s private collection in the NE of England.

Location of a vicious and futile double murder in 2003

As we reported in our Murdergate blogs recently murder, there was a particularly brutal and pointless double murder near Sprowston Mews in 2003 (see here and here). Below is a photo of the weapon used in the killing, and a screengrab from the BBC website reporting on the conviction.

A mach machine pistol like the one used

Other informative press cuttings relating to Sprowston Road and Mews

Chelmsford Chronicle, 24 Dec 1886

22 Sprowston Road was known as Archibald House

Chelmsford Chronicle 9 Dec 1892
William Boddy had been born in Mevagissey, Cornwall, about 1840 and was a retired builder. He had migrated to London and had done well.

Essex Newsman, 11 Jun 1904
And finally the sad story of a headteacher worried as her school might be evacuated:

Chelmsford Chronicle, 7 Oct 1938

Edwardian Forest Gate - a photographic essay (1) - street life

Saturday, 10 September 2016

The Edwardian era (1901 - 1910) was a fascinating one - wedged between the end of Victorian Britain and the outbreak of World War 1. Locally, it saw the first reversal of population growth, after a century of continuous expansion (numbers fell from 60,892 in 1901 to 51,071 by the time of the census a decade later).

The decade co-incided with an early boom in the post card trade; and the many survivors enable us to paint a vivid street and social portrait of the district, perhaps for the first time.

In this, the first of two posts, we reproduce a number of Edwardian postcards showing Forest Gate streets, a little over a century ago. They are presented, somewhat unimaginatively, in alphabetical order. 

For a flavour of life in and around these streets at the time, we would refer you to three previous posts on this blog, taken from a 1907 publication, by social commentators, Howarth and Wilson, in their book: West Ham - a study in industrial problems.

The posts refer to the three then local authority districts:

Forest Gate Ward
Park Ward
Upton Ward

In the second post in this "photographic essay" of Edwardian Forest Gate, we will reproduce postcards illustration recreation and entertainment, religion, education, transport and politics of the time.

Street life in Edwardian Forest Gate

See how your road has changed over the last century - absence of traffic and litter and abundance of healthy trees are among the most obvious differences between now and then.

Atherton Road - 1910
Broadway (with fire station and ladder
 in front of what is now the semi-
dilapidated dentist) - 1904

Broadway - 1908
Capel Road - 1906

Chestnut Avenue - 1908

Chestnut Avenue - 1910
Claremont Road - c 1910

Dames Road - 1906

Earlham Grove - c 1910
Ham Park Road (163) - 1905

Hampton Road - c 1901
Osborne Road - c 1907
Romford Road - 1904

Romford Road - 1904
Romford Road (with Congregational
 church) - 1905
Sebert Road - 1908
Upton Lane - 1910

Upton Lane, corner of Whyteville Road,
 1902 - old steam laundry, on site of
 what is now petrol station
Windsor Road - 1908
Woodford Road - 1904
Woodgrange Road - 1903

Woodgrange Road - 1907
If you have copies of Edwardian postcards of other Forest Gate streets you'd like to share, we'd be delighted to revive them and add them to those above. Just let us know, via the contact points, shown on this site.

Forest Gate health check (1) - poor General Practice

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The NHS has become far more responsive to patient feedback, and in communicating key performance data about many parts of the health service in Britain, over recent years.

Below we present what the NHS Choices website says about the fourteen registered GP practices in E7. 

The 14, between them, have 77,265 registered patients and employ 47 GPs - 18 female and 29 male.

The NHS Choices site provides some performance data, much gained from patients' surveys, we feature a couple of those fields in the details below.

It should be stressed that these tables reflect patient feedback, not medical competence, of which we have no knowledge or experience upon which to comment.

Nor do the tables directly refer to the premises from which the GPs work, although it is clear from many of the photos below that there is a great variation in their appearances. Not surprisingly, perhaps, the scruffier looking surgeries tend to fare worst in the feedback tables.

We have created a table concerning two of the patients' feedback concerns; the first shows the percentage of patients attached to the surgery who would recommend the practice to friends and family.  

The second indicates the percentage of patients who are satisfied with the practice's surgery hours (details of these, for each practice, can be found via the links below).

As far as the patient recommendation table is concerned, NHS Choices, in addition to showing a percentage recommendation figure for each practice, indicate how that figure compares with the national average.

Unfortunately, the site does not state what the national average approval percentage figure is, but it indicates whether a surgery's performance is: among the best nationally (in top 25% of ratings of all surgeries), mid range nationally (within the middle 50% of practice percentages, nationally), or among the worst, nationally (within the lowest 25% approval ratings nationally).

Forest Gate's surgeries, on the whole do not fare well, as the table, ranked in descending order, indicates:

Patients who would recommend the practice (%)

Claremont - 79.4%
Woodgrange - 70.0%

The two surgeries, above, are mid range, nationally in their recommendation rating.  The 12 surgeries below are defined as among the worst, nationally.

Driver - 66.1%
Krishnamurthy - 65.3%
Swedan - 64.6%
Bapna - 63.5%
Shrewsbury Road - 63.4%
Yesufa - 62.9%
Abiola - 62.5%
Driver - 66.1%
Birchdale Road - 56.6%
Mahmud - 53.5%
Shanker - 44.7%
Boleyn Road - 35%

Patients satisfied with surgery hours (%)

Claremont - 84.1%
Birchdale Road - 83%
Woodgrange - 82.6%
Bapna - 82.1%
Yesufa - 79.4%
Krishnamurthy - 76.9%
Abiola - 62.5%
Mahmud - 71.7%
Driver - 71.2%
Swedan - 71%
Patel - 71%
Shrewsbury Road - 69.6%
Shanker - 66.4%
Boleyn Road - 56.9%

Star ratings (out of 5) - average given by patients

Abiola - 4.5
Claremont - 4.5
Woodgrange - 4
Patel - 3.5
Swedan - 3.5
Bapna - 3
Mahmud - 3
Driver - 3
Shanker - 3
Birchdale Road - 2
Krishnamurthy - 2
Shrewsbury Road - 2
Yesufa - 2
Boleyn Road - 1.5

Far more information about individual practices can be accessed via this link.

Forest Gate Practices:in order defined by NHS Choices:

P Abiola, 121 Woodgrange Road, E7 0EP. Tel: 020 8250 7550

Registered patients: 3,761

GPs in practice: 2 (1 female, 1 male)

Special services: Asthma clinic; Learning disability health check

62.5% of patients would recommend the practice (among the worst, nationally)

75.3% of patients satisfied with surgery opening hours 

4.5 Star rating (out of 5): (based on 18 surgery review responses)

Govind Bapna, 511 Katherine Road E7 8DR. Tel: 020 8472 7029

Registered patients: 1,084

GPs in practice: 1 (1 m)

Special services: Asthma clinic; Learning disability health check

63.5% of patients would recommend the practice (among worst, nationally)

82.1% of patients satisfied with surgery opening hours 

3 Star rating (out of 5): (based on 5 surgery review responses)

Birchdale Road Medical Centre, 2 Birchdale Rd, E7 8AR. Tel: 020 8472 1600

Registered patients: 3,285

GPs in practice: 2 (1 f, 1 m)

Special services: Learning disability health check

56.6% of patients would recommend the practice (among the worst, nationally)

83% of patients satisfied with surgery opening hours 

2 Star rating (out of 5): (based on 6 surgery review responses)

Boleyn Rd Practice (Dr S Rafiq), 162 Boleyn Rd, E7 9QJ. Tel: 020 8503 5656

Registered patients:7,226

GPs in practice: 2 (2 m)

Special services: Asthma clinic; Child health and development; Child immunisation, Drug and alcohol services, Long acting, reversible, contraception; Smoking cessation Travel health and Yellow Fever

35% of patients would recommend the practice (among the worst, nationally)

56.9% of patients satisfied with surgery opening hours 

1.5 Star rating (out of 5): (based on 43 surgery review responses)

Claremont Clinic, 459 - 463 Romford Rd E7 8AB. Tel: 020 8522 0222

Registered patients: 8,719

GPs in practice: 6 (3 f, 3 m)

Special services: Anti-coagulent monitoring and dosing; Child health and development - Baby clinic; Child immunisation; Minor surgery (e.g. removal of moles and skin lesions); Obsesity management; Physiotherapy; Primary care counselling (CBT); Smoking cessation; Travel health and Yellow Fever

79.4% of patients would recommend the practice (mid range, nationally)

84.1% of patients satisfied with surgery opening hours 

4.5 Star rating (out of 5): (based on 29 surgery review responses)

Dr DK Mahmud and Dr SW Rahman, 45, Westbury Rd, E7 8BU. Tel: 020 8472 4128

Registered patients: 4,199

GPs in practice: (1 f, 2 m)

Special services: Asthma clinic; Baby clinic, with health visitor; COPD clinic with spirometry; Diabetes clinic; Learning disability health check, Travel health, without Yellow Fever

53.5% of patients would recommend the practice (among the worst, nationally)

71.7% of patients satisfied with surgery opening hours 

3 Star rating (out of 5): (based on 16 surgery review responses)

Dr CM Patel, 2 Jepson Road, E7 8LZ. Tel: 020 8470 6429

Registered patients: 2,112

GPs in practice: 2 (1 f, 1 m)

Special services: Asthma clinic; Child health and development; Child immunisation; Learning disability health check; Primary care counselling service; Travel clinic, without Yellow Fever

62.1% of patients would recommend the practice (among the worst, nationally)

68.6% of patients satisfied with surgery opening hours 

3.5 Star rating (out of 5): (based on 25 surgery review responses)

Dr Swedan and Partner, Little Lister Health Centre, 121 Woodgrange Rd, E7 0EP. Tel: 020 8250 7530

Registered patients: 3,121

GPs in practice: 3 (2 f, 1 m)

Special services: Asthma clinic; Baby clinic with health visitor; Child immunisation; COPD clinic with spirometry; Learning disability health check; Long-acting, reversible contraception; Minor surgery (e.g. removal of moles and skin lesions); Primary care counselling service; Smoking cessation clinic; Travel health, without Yellow Fever

64.6 % of patients would recommend the practice (among the worst, nationally)

71 % of patients satisfied with surgery opening hours 

Star rating 3.5 (out of 5): (based on 20 surgery review responses)

Driver and Partners, Little Lister Health Centre, 121 Woodgrange Rd, E7 0EP. Tel: 020 8250 7510

Registered patients: 6,930

GPs in practice: 4 (2 f, 2 m)

Special services: Learning disability health check 

66.1% of patients would recommend the practice (among the worst, nationally)

71.2% of patients satisfied with surgery opening hours 

3 Star rating (out of 5): (based on 21 surgery review responses)

T Krishnamurthy, East Ham Memorial Hospital, Shrewsbury Road, E7 8QR. Tel: 020 8250 6555

Registered patients: 2,006

GPs in practice: 2 (2 m)

Special services: Asthma clinic; Child health and development; Child immunisations; COPD clinic with spirometry; Minor surgery (e.g. removal of moles and skin lesions); Primary care counselling service; Smoking cessation clinic; Travel health, without Yellow Fever

65.3 % of patients would recommend the practice (among the worst, nationally)

79.6 % of patients satisfied with surgery opening hours 

2 Star rating (out of 5): (based on 8 surgery review responses)

PD Shanker and Partners, 75 - 77 Upton Lane, E7 9PB. Tel: 020 8471 6912

Registered patients: 7,240

GPs in practice: 4 (1 f, 3 m)

Special services: Asthma clinic; Learning disability health check

44.7 % of patients would recommend the practice (among the worst, nationally)

66.4 % of patients satisfied with surgery opening hours 

3 Star rating (out of 5): (based on 58 surgery review responses)

Shrewsbury Road Surgery, Shrewsbury Rd, E7 8QP. Tel: 020 8586 5111

Registered patients: 12,848

GPs in practice: 5 (2f, 3m)

Special services: Asthma clinic; Child health and development; Child immunisations; COPD clinic with spirometry; Minor surgery (e.g. removal of moles and skin lesions); Travel health, without Yellow Fever

63.4 % of patients would recommend the practice

69.6 % of patients satisfied with surgery opening hours 

2 Star rating (out of 5): (based on 19 surgery review responses)

Woodgrange Medical Practice, 40 Woodgrange Road, E7 0QH. Tel: 020 8221 3100/3128

Registered patients: 12,317

GPs in practice: 11 (4f, 7m)

Special services: Asthma clinic; Child health and development; Learning disability health check

70.0 % of patients would recommend the practice (mid range, nationally)

82.6 % of patients satisfied with surgery opening hours 

4 Star rating (out of 5): (based on 49 surgery review responses)

A Yesufa, East Ham Memorial Building, Shrewsbury Road, E7 8QR. Tel: 020 8552 2299

Registered patients: 2,417

GPs in practice: 1 (1 m)

Special services: Child immunisation

62.9 % of patients would recommend the practice (among worst, nationally)

79.4 % of patients satisfied with surgery opening hours 

2.5 Star rating (out of 5): (based on 7 surgery review responses).

Footnote: For further information about each of these surgeries, visit here .