'A busy and vibrant clinic': down on the farm with Tracey Miles
You can feel the stress dissolving as you drive the last few miles to Tracey Miles’ practice in deepest Kent. The road narrows to a single track, the rabbits (more on them later) appear on the grass verges and – depending on the season – the apple and plum orchards proudly display their boughs, blossom or fruit. This year is a special one for Tracey: it’s now 20 years since the first patients entered the doors of her Overland Farm Clinic, situated about 10 miles east of Canterbury in the glorious Kent countryside.
Though she had seen a limited number of patients in the farmhouse she shared with husband Andrew and young sons Henry and Jack prior to the opening in 2000, having the keys to her own discrete building for the first time meant a lot.
‘We converted the farm’s tool shed, which had been a horses’ stable before we arrived. We have extended the clinic since, but at first it was just me, my treatment room, waiting room and a loo,’ Tracey says. ‘I knew I wanted a room that was large enough to allow me to walk around the couch freely and step back when needed. I also wanted tiled floors with underfloor heating.’ Her budget received a boost with a modest, but vital, grant from a government agency charged with helping to keep agricultural enterprises via...
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