About the old Redcliffe Surgery

The Practice was established in the the early 1920s, with premises in Finborough Road and Redcliffe Gardens. Dr Suzanne Farrar joined the practice in 1992 (retired 2020) and was shortly followed by Dr Fiona Butler in 1995 and Dr Tim Rees in 1997, who relocated with his patients from the nearby World's End Health Centre.

In July 1997 the practice moved to our present site in Redcliffe Street, a newly converted five-storey house which had previously been used as a community child heath clinic since the 1930s. In 1998 the practice became an approved training practice providing quality primary care training to fully qualified doctors in their last year of training. Dr Rees is an approved GP trainer and is also a Programme Director for the Riverside GP Vocational Training Scheme, based at the nearby Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.

The Practice is also approved for the training of Foundation Year 2 doctors who qualified from Imperial Medical School. Drs Farrar and Butler are approved FY2 trainers. We are also approved for training medical students on attachment from either Imperial or King's Medical Schools.

On April 10th 2012, the Practice merged with the nearby Courtfield Medical Practice. As of this date, all of the NHS patients previously cared for on the Courtfield Medical Centre site were seen at The Redcliffe Surgery. 


The combined practice serves a diverse population, which is concentrated in four Local Authority wards:

  • Redcliffe
  • Earl's Court
  • South Stanley
  • Courtfield

Whilst Redcliffe and Courtfield wards are relatively affluent with a high proportion of young professionals, Earls Court and South Stanley both feature in the top seven most deprived wards in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

In addition the area has an above average proportion of patients with severe and enduring mental illness (SMI). Of the 28 practices served by the South Kensington & Chelsea Mental Health Unit, approximately 25% of the SMI caseload is registered with the Redcliffe Surgery. Within our practice, nearly a third of all patients with severe and enduring mental illness are managed entirely in primary care.

On 13th January 2023 the surgery closed its doors for the last time and changed its name to Health Partners at Violet Melchett. The surgery is now based across three sites; our main base at the Violet Melchett Health and Wellbeing Hub, 30 Flood Walk, SW3. 1A Chelsea Manor Street SW3 and the Earls Court Health and Wellbeing Hub, 2A Hogarth Road, SW5. The Redcliffe Team in its entirity moved to the new organisation and care for patients continued in the same fashion.