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At the heart of general practice since 1960

More women in practice, but men still rule

Each week we take a GP's-eye view of an area of the UK.

Where? ‘The birthplace of William Shakespeare – steeped in culture and history. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon.' –

stratford-upon-avon.co.uk

Not to be confused with? Stratford in east London, a station on the Channel tunnel rail link.

Work? There are four practices staffed by 21 GPs covered by South Warwickshire PCT.

Homes? Should you require an award-winning poultry farm with two bedroom house, two cottages and seven acres, it's yours for £950,000.

Schools? The mixed grammar school in nearby Alcester has a good all-round performance at A-level.

Leisure? The centre of the William Shakespeare tourist industry boasts world-class theatre in two spaces in the town with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds are nearby.

Famous residents: Aside from the Bard, playwright/ comedian/novelist Ben Elton and plain-speaking TV chef Gordon Ramsey were locals.

Anything else? Probably quite a lot behind the scenes. But the heritage industry just about has the whole public face of the town wrapped up and packaged.

Factfile

Annual ‘Shakespearean' visitors 841,924

Say ‘their health is good' 71.5%

Self-employed 12.5%

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