Recently we sent out a little update to our patients about our big news – we’re moving! Our new home is the beautiful Burchatts Farm Barn on Stoke Park, just two minutes away from our current location, and closer to the clinic’s original site at Abbottswood.
As you may have seen in the press and online, the barn is a council owned building which in recent times has been struggling financially. Because the usage was too low, the council had to close it back in 2016 as it was leaving a huge hole in local budgets, whilst the barn started to become run down as they didn’t have enough money to repair and restore where needed. The council then took the decision to let the property to a commercial business to help reduce the financial burden and future-proof the building.
With that, several local companies put together proposals for how they would use the space and serve the community. We knew that this was the perfect opportunity to give our clinic a new home, with a safe lease, that would enable us to save the business as we’d been looking for a new home for near on two years.
Out of around a dozen companies who put in a bid, we felt incredibly lucky to then be shortlisted along with three other companies. After what felt like a long wait as we considered what we might do to save the business if this didn’t work, we heard that we had been the lucky company that had won and been chosen to progress with their vision for the barn. We were so unbelievably happy that our long-standing local clinic would have a new home, and was safe once again.
As local members of this community, we would now have this amazing space to improve and make better use of, not only for our patients but local residents too. We hope to be able to offer more services, better access, and facilities and a space for education. In the future we wish to broaden our scope and offer more health care services such as podiatrists, dieticians or mental healthcare. We also plan to use our new space to run educational and interesting talks and workshops related to health and wellbeing which will be open to all – patients, locals and professionals.
However, we’re not quite past the finishing line just yet… As part of the leasing to a commercial business, the barn has to go through planning, for change of use from a D2 (Assembly and Leisure) to D1 (non-residential institution). This would be the case for any of the businesses that had entered a bid, but due to local campaigning we’re now at the point where we’re waiting for a council committee to determine whether the change of use will go through. We said we’d keep all our patients in the loops, and so on Wednesday 27th March the planning committee are likely to make their final decision.
We want to thank all those that have supported us so far, we’re so incredibly grateful to know that our patients and friends of GCC are behind us as we try to secure the future of our long-standing clinic. Keep us in your thoughts, cross your fingers, as we wait to hear from the council.
We’ll be in touch with the final result and what that means for Guildford Chiropractic Centre and its patients very soon. In the meantime, feel free to read some more information below, and let us know if you have any questions.
Philip & Annie
Practice Principal & Practice Manager (the Co-owners of GCC)
We have been reducing pain, improving lives and promoting wellness here in Guildford for nearly 70 years, serving the local community since 1953. We are one of the oldest Chiropractic Clinics in the UK, now a multidisciplinary clinic providing Chiropractic, Physiotherapy and Clinical Massage Services. In the future we wish to broaden our scope further and offer more health care services such as podiatrists, dieticians or mental healthcare.
We’re in demand:
Nearly 3000 individual patients have regularly visited us in the last two years, and there are many, many more of you who may not see us as frequently but know we are there when you need us. Many of you and your families have been visiting us for generations, which we consider an honour. We are also growing year on year as demand for quality, affordable private healthcare rises and knowledge of the benefits of our services increases. Last year we welcomed a record 525 new patients through our doors for the first time.
Without our services many of our patients would visit the NHS more regularly whether it would be a visit to a GP or emergency service when in pain, which only adds further strain to the service. We cross refer with and complement the NHS, providing what their stretched services and limited budgets can’t. With back pain affecting 40% of adults and being the number one musculo-skeletal cause of time off work, we are an ever more important service.
Protect & Care:
We are a low impact organisation which will protect and care for this beautiful heritage building, ensuring all repairs and restoration happens when needed, and at our own expense. We also have great synergy with the other organisations that occupy the Burchatts Farm site and users of the park, promoting health and wellness being our main purpose.
We hope to become a local hub for health and well-being, not only looking after our current patients, but also being able to offer increased services such as podiatrists, nutritionist or mental healthcare. We’ll also be running free local events focused on health, well-being and general interest talks and workshops, which will be open to all. We want to be a useful asset to the community and local residents above and beyond our current services, and so are keen to know your thoughts on the services you would like to see offered. Let us know if you have any ideas or requirements at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you are as excited as we are and will be happy to join us at our new home!
Going forward we will be keeping you updated with developments as necessary. The move itself won’t be for several months and so you don’t need to do anything. We want to make this easy for you, a completely seamless transition. Any appointments already booked in will be at our current venue, 200 London Road and we will be letting everyone know exactly when the move date is and will distribute all the finer details in due course. If not signed up already, please head over to our facebook page to sign up to our newsletter which we will be using to share updates.
We are always here to help:
If you have any questions at all about our move you can always talk to us. You can call us (01483 562830) and ask for Philip or Annie who if unavailable right away will call you back. You can also email us at email@example.com. And lastly, you can pop in and talk to our reception team or speak to your practitioner at your next visit.
In recent weeks we’ve noticed that there are some common misconceptions in the press and on social media about Chiropractic that are all too often reported as facts. We know it can be hard to know what’s accurate online these days, so this article aims to highlight some of the most common myths whilst delving into them a little. We’re here to dispel the rumours so we can empower our patients in making the right decisions about their own pain management and well-being.
Of course, we’re always at the end of the phone or email if you ever have any questions or want to know more about Chiropractic healthcare and can point you in the direction of official sites that may also help to detangle any queries you may have.
Let’s take a look…
Nope! You do not need to see your GP before making an appointment for chiropractic treatment. Most people who have any kind of chiropractic treatment end up paying for it privately, as it isn’t widely available on the NHS or if it is waiting lists can be too long. It is provided in some areas, so seeking advice from your GP first can be beneficial. However, we are primary care practitioners, meaning we’re trained to diagnose, refer for further investigations (like x-rays), and are able to manage conditions without the need for a GP referral. So, if you’re looking for a faster route to pain management then going directly to a Chiropractic clinic is definitely advised.
Did you know that Chiropractic is recognised by the World Health Organisation? And that in the UK chiropractors will train at a world-wide accredited college or university, full-time for 4-5 years, and often to a Masters level? Our training encompasses general diagnosis, neurology, extensive radiology, as well as more relevant subjects to Chiropractic care. We are all licensed as primary health care practitioners, and as chiropractors we focus on the treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system, and how these disorders may affect your general health.
This simply isn’t true. If you are seen by a professional, registered chiropractor you are always going to be in safe hands. In the Uk, to be licensed as a chiropractor you must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) who regulate the profession. It is in fact illegal for someone to call themselves a chiropractor if they are not registered with the GCC.
Like other professionals, we are also required to undertake continuing professional development each year, to follow a set of codes and standards set by the GCC, and to ensure the health of our patients always comes first. That means if we believe you need further treatment, we will advise you to stop treatment and take another course of action. Your health is important to us, even if that means advising you to seek alternative treatments or help elsewhere.
This is one we’ve seen recently actually. We believe the writer meant that chiropractic is a made up form of pain management, a type of treatment without any kind of medical grounding or research and thus not a successful form of healthcare. Perhaps people are less aware of the physical and mental health benefits of chiropractic treatment because here in the UK the ratio per head of population of chiropractors to people is 1 per 22,000, with as a little as 3000 chiropractors nationwide. Where as in Canada it’s the ration is 1 per 4000 people. However, in 2015 it was reported there were some 10 million chiropractic appointments for treatment each year. Additionally, in 2018 the British Chiropractic Association released research detailing that more people in the UK are suffering from back and neck pain each week, than they were five years ago. This means the need for our treatment is higher than ever. Chiropractic manipulation, massage and exercise are now widely recommended as a first line treatments for back pain. With a robust body of research, and significant amounts of patient satisfaction backing the practice, you can believe that not only is our type of care safe and effective, it is indeed real. Ask the thousands of patients here at Guildford Chiropractic Centre!
False! You’ll find that many patients treated by chiropractors will feel instant pain relief immediately after their adjustments or joint manipulations. Naturally, those having suffered from longer term back or neck ailments may experience some discomfort, but for most patients this is simply not the case at all. We tend to find patients are in fact more nervous about the sound certain adjustments can make. For the record, the sound is believed to be a result of a release of gas bubbles from your joints, similar to sound of cracking your knuckles. It’s also important to note that adjustments should always be provided by a professional – just as you wouldn’t perform surgery on yourself or loved ones, be sure to leave it to a licensed practitioner. Even chiropractors cannot adjust themselves!
Fake news! We will provide an initial assessment when you first seek treatment, which includes a history and physical examination. From these first observations we’re able to diagnose and prescribe a course of treatment, a care plan to help manage your pain and health goals. The plan will recommend a number of visits based on your diagnosis, with routine monitoring of your developments. Treatments become less and less as we resolve your ailments. As with any kind of healthcare, once the pain stops it’s still wise to build some maintenance into your routine to help prevention of problems returning – just like returning to the dentist for check ups! But ultimately, the decision is always yours. We’ll work with you every step of the way to ensure your health is priority, managed, and always looked after.
Chiropractors are actually neuromusculoskeletal experts, this means we’re trained to assess, diagnose and prevent a whole host of biomechanical disorders. Simply put, we address your muscular, skeletal and nervous system ailments and complaints. We do make spinal adjustments, but they help fight against many conditions like headaches, joint pain in the leg, hip and knee, tennis elbow, stress, tension and the inability to relax, as well as the most commonly thought of back, neck and shoulder pain. We’re also able to offer advice on lifestyle changes that will help you overcome your healthcare issues alongside the physical treatment we offer.
Being able to ask questions about your health and treatment options is the utmost importance to us. Your understanding and participation in your treatment plan enables us to better meet your health goals, and ensures we provide the best care possible. If you ever have any questions about chiropractic care, whether before, during or after your treatments please always feel free to ask your physician.
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