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Surgery History

The surgery began in October 1987 but was re-named Harambee Surgery in 1990. ‘Harambee’ is a Swahili word meaning ‘Lets pull together’. Dr. Molyneux in fact worked for a period in the Harambee Hospital, Chogoria, Kenya but the word is also an ideal description of the partnership between doctor and patient in dealing with ill health.

Patients who have been with the practice from the beginning will remember the old surgery at 24 Skipton Road. Dr. Molyneux simply put up his medical plate one day and hoped that patients would join. Thankfully, they did!

We had 100 patients in the first week and 1000 patients by the end of the first year. The practice has increased in size since then and we now have over 4000 patients. Soon we had outgrown the premises and we applied to build a purpose built surgery across the road from the old surgery.

When Dr. Molyneux started the practice, it was his vision to have a small village based practice, that was always friendly and personal. I hope we have achieved this aim. Things have changed of course – we are now a training practice and there is a succession of young doctors who come for a year and then move on. There are now two full time doctors and a trainee doctor.

Dr. David Molyneux

MBBS (Oxford,1979) FRCGP (2007)

I was born in Blackpool and spent my childhood in Poulton-Le-Fylde. I studied medicine at Oxford and then St. Mary’s Medical School in London. I always wanted to be a GP so after qualifying, I returned to the North-West and started GP training in and around Burnley.

After qualifying as a GP, I worked at a practice in Burnley for three years but realised that I wanted to set up a village surgery and I founded Harambee Surgery in October 1987.

For the last ten years I have been closely involved in the training of GP’s and have a Masters Degree in General Practice. I also have a Diploma in Medical Ethics and teach this subject to trainee Doctors across the North-West.



APRIL 2017

Dr Molyneux retired from the Practice and we wish him all the very best. 

Dr Yousif Arshad has taken over the Practice and is the lead GP.  Dr Arshad will be working alongside Dr Baishnab and Dr Carien du Toit.

Dr Arshad is local to the area, and is married with 3 young children and is very proud to have taken over the Practice and we are sure you will give him a warm welcome.  Dr Arshad also has  an interest in minor surgery and joint injections.  



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