Pi­o­neer­ing clinic closes case book

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Clare Mul­grew

A FAM­ILY-run clinic in Ash­ford is clos­ing down af­ter 25 years of treat­ing pa­tients with com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies.

The Ash­ford Clinic of Com­ple­men­tary Medicine has served thou­sands of pa­tients over the last quar­ter cen­tury, thanks to Dr Don­ald Allen who founded the surgery in 1982.

A farewell party took place last week on the surgery’s penul­ti­mate day of op­er­a­tion, with staff invit­ing pa­tients to join them.

Dr Allen, now aged 85, re­tired five years ago, but his daugh­ters, Rose­mary Hed­dle and Sheila Lane, have been at the helm ever since.

They say the clinic is clos­ing for fam­ily rea­sons.

Both sis­ters are fully trained biores­o­nance ther­a­pists, ex­perts in treat­ing al­ler­gies.

They also spe­cialise in deal­ing with ad­dic­tions and have helped many peo­ple give up smok­ing.

Dr Allen, who pre­vi­ously worked in a hospi­tal theatre in Es­sex, was the first home­opath to set up a surgery in Ash­ford.

His daugh­ter Rose­mary said he en­coun­tered op­po­si­tion from con­ven­tional doc­tors when he first started out.

“But we only deal with com­ple­men­tary medicine, not al­ter­na­tive,” she said.

“We have al­ways tried to work along­side GPs rather than against them.”

Teresa Part­ing­ton and Richard Ste­wart are the long­est-serv­ing em­ploy­ees, rack­ing up 41 years be­tween them.

Mr Ste­wart will be work­ing at the Stour Cen­tre to help with sports in­juries, and Mrs Part­ing­ton is mov­ing to a surgery in Char­ing.

The two sis­ters will also be con­tin­u­ing their work in new lo­ca­tions.

Mrs Hed­dle thanked all the pa­tients for their sup­port, and the res­i­dents of West­ern Av­enue where the clinic is based.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd1162108

Dr Don­ald Allen with some of his team, Sheila Lane, Richard Ste­wart, Teresa Part­ing­ton and Rose­mary Hed­dle

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