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About us

Ivy Grove Surgery is one of the main GP surgeries in the market town of Ripley, Derbyshire, located close to the Peak District.

The practice was established in 1927 by Dr G W R Thomson as a branch of his father's surgery in Codnor. The two worked in partnership until 1945 when the elder Dr Thomson retired. At that time, the two branches split up and the Ripley practice developed its own identity.

The practice

The practice has grown substantially in size over the years, and in June 2005 we moved from our town centre location to a more spacious purpose built building on a much larger site on the Church Farm estate just on the outskirts of Ripley.

The surgery is a modern, comfortable and accessible environment, with many consultation rooms and individual treatment rooms. We have both a staff and patient car park. Our building houses the surgery team of clinical staff and receptionists, admin staff and managers.

General practice today is very different and the pace of change appears to be ever increasing. We all work as a part of a large team and strive to support each other to provide a high standard of family medicine. We believe that a happy workplace will be the most productive and we are always working hard to try and achieve this. We recognise the need to work with other practices and understand the need to participate in change.



Our waiting room and all our clinical consultation and treatment rooms are on the ground floor and therefore accessible for those who are disabled. We are more than happy to provide any assistance where needed.

We have a hearing loop at the reception desk for those who are hard of hearing - please ask if you need any assistance with this.


How to find us

We are located just at the outskirts of Ripley town centre, off the Peasehill Road roundabout. To get to the car park, turn into Church Farm Road, then left into Steeple Drive, then left again. The patients' car park is the one on the right hand side.

Our postcode is DE5 3TH.

If you wish to use public transport, please see below.

Our locality

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The locality

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Ripley is a market town with a population of about 20,000 people. The neighbouring towns of Belper, Heanor and Alfreton are also market towns. The town has no major social problems and no areas of deprivation. There is good access to Derby (10 miles), Nottingham (15 miles) and Chesterfield (15 miles). Sheffield is also within easy reach. MORE INFO ➕

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There is no railway link to Ripley but there are stations at Alfreton and Ambergate, connecting to Derby, via Midland Mainline. Road access is very good. The A38 and A610 are the main road links. The M1 is within 15 minutes' drive.

Recreational facilities within the area are good, with both local authority and private sports facilities. The Peak District, with its numerous attractions and facilities, is about 20-30 minutes away.

Ripley has several primary schools and most of the villages locally have their own small primary schools. The secondary school is Ripley Mill Hill, and the neighbouring towns obviously have their own secondary school provision. There are no private schools within Ripley, but several are within easy reach.

Our patients

The age distribution of our patients is somewhat similar to that of the general population. The practice area covers Ripley town and a radius of about 3 miles covering several outlying villages.

There is a mixture of the previous mining community and incoming population, who generally work either in local light industry or in neighbouring towns. There is continuing expansion of housing in the town, though the pace has slowed in recent years due to the current economic climate.


Public Transport


Nearest bus stops are shown below.

For more information, visit Traveline .


Several local taxi firms are available. Please consult your telephone directory for details.

Grab a Cab

The councils run a free transport service to help you get to certain vaccination appointments and health screening appointments. Please visit Derbyshire County Council website for more info, or download the information poster .