Pioneer Bradgate

01179591919 Ardenton Walk, Brentry , Bristol, Avon, BS10 6SP


  • Our links with a surgery in Ethiopia
  • Research


Welcome to the Pioneer Medical Group, formed by the merger of Avonmouth, Bradgate and Ridingleaze surgeries. We are a friendly, multi-site teaching practice providing primary care services in Bristol. We work hard to provide an excellent service. You are welcome to consult at any of our branches. We have a mix of professionals and services at each site. See our website for further details

We offer extended hours consultations; early morning, late evening and Saturday clinics (Please note that Saturday clinics are for pre-booked appointments only).

Opening times

Reception times

Monday 08:00 - 18:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:30
Thursday 08:00 - 18:30
Friday 08:00 - 18:30
Saturday 08:00 - 13:00
Sunday Closed


Monday 08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 19:00
Thursday 07:30 - 18:30
Friday 08:00 - 18:30
Saturday 08:00 - 13:00
Sunday Closed

Out of hours

If you a doctor when the practice is closed please telephone 111.  Your call will then be triaged to the most appropriate service. 

Please note the Saturday morning clinic is for pre-booked appointments only. Please don't be offended, but you will be turned away and re-directed to 111 if you arrive with no pre-booked appointment. The receptionist is available to pick up prescriptions, book appointments etc.

Last verified on 26/04/2017

Additional information

APPOINTMENTS To book an appointment please use our online booking service (, phone reception or visit the surgery between our normal working hours of 8am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday. We offer a mixture of appointments available on the day and appointments that can be booked in advance. We do offer our patients the opportunity to pre book an appointment from 7.30am on Tuesday and Thursday, until 7pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and between the hours of 8.00am and 9.30am on a Saturday morning. We would respectfully ask patients that can attend the surgery during the day for routine treatment to do so. By doing this you will help those patients who need to see a GP for routine care but have difficulty coming to the surgery during our normal working hours. Before 8am and after 6.30pm Monday to Friday and on a Saturday morning we will not be able to see you for any problem that requires urgent attention. You will need to ring the out of hours service. The easiest way to access the out of hours service is to ring the surgery and your call will be diverted. The GP appointments offered outside our normal working hours are only for routine care. If you attend the surgery during the extended hours time periods and do not have a pre-booked appointment we will not be able to see you. The telephone lines will be answered by the practice from 8.00am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these times your call will be diverted to the out of hours service. A receptionist will be available in reception from 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. During these hours they will be able to assist with appointment booking and the ordering of prescriptions. If You No Longer Require Your Appointment If you are unable to attend your appointment please ring us on 0117 9591919 and cancel as soon as possible so that your appointment can be used by someone else. Telephone Advice If you wish to speak to a doctor please telephone the practice on 0117 9591919. The receptionist will ask you for a short message and your telephone number. The doctor will call you back. Home Visits If you are too unwell to come to the surgery, please telephone your visit request BEFORE 10.30am as the doctor’s plan their rounds at that time. The doctor may telephone you first to discuss your problem. You may be seen sooner if you can be brought to the surgery. Out Of Hours Calls If you or a member of your family are in need of urgent medical advice or treatment please contact the duty doctor by telephoning the Surgery on 0117 9591919.


  • Dr Anna Faircloth
  • Dr Michael Dermot McCaldin
  • Dr Stephanie Anne Chadwick
  • Dr Daniel Hirsch
  • Dr Elaine Sarah Lunts
  • Dr Susanna Cary
  • Dr Andrew Masters
  • Dr Gil Wallace Henderson
  • Dr Rachel Limna
  • Dr Polly Duncan
  • Dr Nigel William Gervase Taylor

To read more about us and to find other staff members please view our staff page.

GPs at this practice

5 male and 6 female GPs

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This practice is part of a practice group.

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Latest news

Our links with a surgery in Ethiopia

The Beginning of the Pioneer Medical Group/Addis Alem Link by Dr Susan Thomas (retired Bradgate Doctor) In November 2004 I visited Addis Alem with Tigist Grieve, founder of the For-Ethiopia Charity. Although a relatively short distance from the capital,Addis Ababa, 60km,it was a long and uncomfortable trip. The tarmac road was poor (under construction) but to the villages, there was not even that – we went cross country in a 4x4 but the remoter villages you can access only on foot or donkey. At a distance the clinic looked a smart enough building, amongst the village huts (in the days of the socialist leader, Mengistu, who overthrew the Emperor Haile Saillase, a system of rural clinics were set up) but the facilities did not bear close inspection. The fluorescent lights had no electricity supply, the stainless steel sink had taps – but no running water, posters were hand written (though accurate) and the cupboards were virtually empty of equipment or drugs. A little girl arrived, limping. She looked about 7 but was probably neared 11 or 12. She had a nasty dog bite on the inside of her thigh. She had limped for 2 hours to get to the clinic with her mother, and she would walk the 2 hours home. At the clinic, her wound was cleaned and dressed, and she was given an antibiotic injection. This she did on a daily basis. The nurse took a break to tell me about her work ( Most educated Ethiopians speak good reasonably) English. “Tell me about your work,” I asked “About how many people do you look after?” “7000” she replied. This at once engaged my attention, as we had around 7,000 patients on our list at Bradgate at the time. “And please tell me about your team” I asked her. She looked at me blankly. “Who works with you?” “The midwife comes, when needed” she said and that was it. At Bradgate we had 9 doctors,6 nurses, 8 receptionists, a practice manager with a pa, 2 secretaries, an IT manager with 3 admin assistants, and 3 visiting counselors that is before we mention the midwives, district nurses, health visitors,chiropedists,opticians,dentists etc to whom our patients have access. Need I say more? I came back to Bristol, and at the end of a practice meeting I asked if I could have 5 minutes. I told my colleagues what I have just told you, and suggested that they might like to help. They did and that is how Bradgate became linked to Addis Alem

Last updated on 26 April 2017.


The Pioneer Medical Group is one of the leading research practices in North Bristol. We host studies for local hospitals, University of Bristol and for the Medical Research Council. The largest studies for which we are recruiting are ProtecT (natural history and management of prostate cancer), Early ACTID ( a trial of exercise in type 2 diabetes) and the Descarte study of the medical management of sore throat. We are also referring children with severe obesity to the COCO research trial. The COCO clinic is based at the Bristol Childrens Hospital and provides specialist management of childhood obesity. Other important research studies which we are hosting include projects investigating the causes of gastroenteritis, physical activity in the elderly, treatment of urinary incontinence, and the use of mobile phone text messages to aid people who would like to stop smoking. We are always looking to take on important and interesting research trials and will soon be taking part in a study investigating the incidence of osteoporotic fractures in women aged 65-80. We are very grateful to our patients who are taking part in over forty cutting edge research projects at present. A big thank you to you all for helping to push back the frontiers of science!

Last updated on 26 April 2017.

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Last updated on 03 May 2017.

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