‘Family doctors’ as siblings step
into dad’s shoes

Two sisters have taken over their father's GP practice at Layton Medical Centre.'L-R Dr Rebecca Clark, Dr David Haworth and Dr Sarah Shaw

Two sisters have taken over their father's GP practice at Layton Medical Centre.'L-R Dr Rebecca Clark, Dr David Haworth and Dr Sarah Shaw

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For these two sisters, work is a real family affair.

For doctors Rebecca Hall, 28, and Sarah Shaw, 30, have kept their passion for treating people close to home – after taking over their dad David’s Blackpool practice.

The GPs stepped into his shoes and began treating his patients at Layton Medical Centre when he retired.

And the pair are no strangers to patients at the Kingscote Drive practice, having worked there during holidays from university, which they say has helped them build relationships with the community they now help.

Dr Hall said: “We’ve grown up with a lot of the staff and patients and it feels really nice to come back here, but it’s quite daunting to take over from your dad.

“It’s daunting because of the reputation he had but we wanted to get back to community support and a family practice that people can come into.

“For the first few months the only thing patients would talk about before their illness was how I was settling in and they’ve really helped as much as anyone because they remember us.”

The sisters grew up in Holmefield Close, Thornton, but Dr Hall now travels from Sheffield to carry out her surgeries. Her sister Sarah, a mum-of-one, added: “This is where we’ve grown up and wanted to give something back. He regenerated and re-built it and the service is unrecognisable from what he took over and we want to keep providing the best service we can.”

The girls’ dad, Dr David
Haworth, 60, added: “The girls have been a part of it growing up and are excellent. I’m really proud.”