The 3 former practices – The Carodoc Practice, Shinwell Medical Group and Phoenix Medical Group merged with effect from April 1, 2019 to form East Durham Medical Group. The original practices were established with the sinking of the colliery mines over 100 years ago.

The practice is 18,500 patients across 6 sites Wingate, Horden, Peterlee, Wheatley Hill, Thornley and Kelloe. The new practice retains the values of Dr Chandy , Dr Fairlamb and Dr Patel the former senior partners of the 3 merging practices.