Bethesda was a place in the Bible where Christ healed a lame man and means literally 'house of mercy'.
The practice originated in Northdown Road, Cliftonville, Margate in the 1920s, moving to 77 Cornwall Gardens in 1969 and most recently (December 2003) to Palm Bay Avenue where today it offers 12 consulting rooms, six treatment rooms and a number of support personnel/services such as health visitors, district nurses, counsellors, ophthalmologists, physiotherapist, diabetic podiatrist, minor operations and midwifery.
The practice is also a recognised training centre for medical students and GPs on vocational development.
The majority of the partners are practising Christians from a variety of churches and their faith guides the way in which they view their work and responsibilities to the patients and employees. The Partners feel that the offer of talking to you on spiritual matters is of great benefit. If you do not wish this, that is your right and will not affect your medical care.
Please tell the doctor (or drop a note to the practice manager) if you do not wish to speak on matters of faith.