Dr Fran Bradshaw and her family moved from the UK to South Australia in 2000 where she and her husband Peter set up a rural solo GP practice.
In 2004 the family came to live in Greater Springfield, built a home in the area, and opened the Lakes District Family Practice at the current site in Spring Lake Village. The medical practice was one of the founding businesses in the shopping centre and the only one to be still operating with its original owners in 2016.
Dr Fran was a solo GP and her husband Peter was the practice manager and practice nurse.
In 2005 Dr John Whitchurch joined them and in 2006 the practice was accredited as a training practice and started to take GP registrars. Three of our former registrars have stayed with us, Dr Kenny Loi, Dr Man Ying Kung and Dr Emma Philip. Dr Kenny now trains GPs himself and in 2016 the practice welcomed two GP registrars, Dr Clare Connole and Dr Robert Nona. This brings the total number of doctors we have trained to eight. Dr Bob Shirlaw, who has been a GP in the local area for 20 years, joined the practice in 2011 and has brought his skill in skin cancer surgery to add to the range of services on offer.
In 2016 we built a new consulting room and operating suite for him to increase the facilities for minor surgery procedures as we are accepting referrals from other doctors in the area. This brings our total number of consulting rooms to seven including one for our practice nurses and we have a two bed treatment room as well as the new operating suite.
Although we became a group practice in 2010 and changed our name to Lakeside Medical, the practice remains very much a family business. Dr Fran works full time as a GP and Peter is still the practice manager and one of the now four practice nurses. Both of their children Kimberley and Adam worked in the practice administration whilst they were at school and set up the original practice web site. Dr Kimberley Bradshaw also studied here with Dr Bob when she was a medical student and graduated as a doctor in December 2014.
Continuity of care is one of our founding principals and Dr Fran and her team are looking forward to many more years of looking after the local community.