Shropshire healthcare provider Summerfield Healthcare is marking five years of working with patients across the county and beyond.

The private healthcare firm opened its doors in 2016 with clinics in Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton and has plans to open centres in Birmingham and Cardiff.

Founder Grant Charlesworth-Jones launched the business to meet the needs of private patients in the county, and after five years he will step back from his Medical Director role as the company expands.

He said: “Traditional private medicine has required insurance or been very expensive and Summerfield Healthcare was launched with the aim of meeting the needs of everybody.

“We have worked to grow and offer a wide service from GP appointments to minor surgery and have worked hard to support our patients - especially over the last 18 months.

“Now, as we enter a post-COVID world, private healthcare has a role to play in easing the current pressures on the NHS and providing an alternative route to the services and help people are looking for.”

The company has welcomed Dr Joe Pearson as a new Clinical Lead and Medical Director alongside existing Director Dr Vivake Roddah.

Dr Pearson said: “I have been an NHS GP for 17 years and am really looking forward to my role in Summerfield Healthcare.

“We are able to give patients the time and the healthcare both in a holistic way to ensure good health and also in medical need.

“I am looking forward to working with the team and taking them forward over the next five years!”

To mark the anniversary, and to ensure that those who may not want to put further pressure on the NHS still have their needs addressed, Summerfield Healthcare is offering a complimentary health check with every private healthcare appointment booked in for a date up until the end of July.

“Preventative healthcare is very important and this is a role we really do want to play our part in,” adds Dr Pearson.

“Healthchecks are very much like an MOT and work in much the same way as the MOT and annual service does on our vehicles - it is important to keep an eye on what our bodies are doing so that we can prevent future problems.”

More information about Summerfield Healthcare, one of the private healthcare firms under the Ryminster umbrella, can be found on their website at