Cavendish Medical Centre

Birkenhead Medical Building, 31 Laird Street, Birkenhead, CH41 8DB

Telephone: 0151 652 1955

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About the surgery

Cavendish Medical Centre is situated in the community of Birkenhead on Laird Street. Our surgery list is open to new patients wishing to register within our catchment area of Birkenhead.


Aims and objectives

Cavendish Medical Centre aims to provide a high standard of comprehensive medical care, and try to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The surgery is always looking for ways to improve its services and would welcome your suggestions. Being an accredited training surgery brings us lots of fresh ideas and keeps the surgery up to date and forward thinking.


History of the surgery

The surgery came in to being in 1913 in premises on Park Road North, Birkenhead, long before the creation of the NHS. The surgery was formed by Dr Owens and his then partner Dr Evans. Dr Owens died in 1936 and the surgery was bought by Dr James McGill and Dr Thomas. During the war years, the surgery was looked after by Dr Walsh. Dr James McGill was joined in the surgery by Dr Paddy McGill in 1947.

Dr James McGill died in 1964, at which point Dr Bob Ievers joined the surgery.

At that time, the surgery served 13,000 patients on the ‘panel’. In those days, it was not uncommon for the doctors to undertake 28 home births every month. The population of the area dropped with the development of housing estates at Noctorum, Woodchurch, Overchurch, and Ford.

Since the death of Dr Thomas in 1984, there have been various changes in the Partnership.

Dr Vaillant joined the surgery in 1984. Dr Melville joined the surgery in 1989 when Dr Paddy McGill retired. In 1990, Dr Ievers died and Dr Charles Walker joined the surgery, leaving in 2001 to be replaced by Dr Martin, and later by Dr Davies. Dr Vaillant retired in April 2006 after 22 years as senior partner. Dr Melville became the senior partner in 2006 on the retirement of Dr Vaillant, herself retiring at the end of March 2016. Dr Davies took over the role of senior partner in 2016, retiring from the surgery at the end of April 2018.

Our practice manager, Joyce Hathaway, joined the team in 1992.

The present partnership comprises Dr Cheetham, Dr Clark, and Dr Saadian.

Opening Times

  • Monday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Tuesday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Wednesday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Thursday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Friday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Saturday
  • Sunday