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Health at the Centre

The latest developments in healthcare on show at Walton-on-Thames community health centre

Documentary 1974 8 mins


The community health centre is "the biggest advance in general practice since antibiotics" as one doctor puts it, enabling doctors to work together rather than individually in their own houses. Healthcare has been a popular subject for documentary filmmakers since before the days of the National Health Service. See, for example, District Nurse (1952) which is also available to view on BFI Player.

This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.