History Of The Practice

Whoever named your house Alverna was evidently a devotee of St Francis of Assisi, as this one page I’ve downloaded from the web seems to indicate.

Macaulay in his ‘horatius’ refers to Mount Alvernus, but it would seem to be the same place as Alverna.


You evidently have a house to be proud of. According to my old friend Ted Hurst, who farmed Parr Hall and Stanley Bank with his father, the houses were built for Miss Betsy Banks, landlady of the Ship Inn at Blackbrook, who lived in one of them. (The pub was still ‘Betsy Banks’s’s’ many years after her death.) They were built, he said, by Mr Henshaw (? Mercer?) of Haydock, known as the finest bricklayers both St.Helens and for miles around. The striking red-brick C. of E. church of St Thomas in Westfield Street and the brick bridge over Blackbrook canal are other examples of his work. The musical Topping family lived for a time in your house. One son became Dom. Christopher Topping, O.S.B. They were followed by Miss Amie Ellis and her brother Jimmy, and then by Miss Kath Lloyd. The freehold will belong to the archdiocese, the sole beneficiary of the Orrell estate, which included Parr Hall.


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The hall had belonged to the Parr family, who gave their name to one of the four townships from which St.Helens developed. Sometime before 1570, Sir John Byrom bought it from his stepson, William Parr. There was insanity in the Byrom family, and the estate finally descended to the profligate Samuel Byrom, known as ‘beau Byrom’, who gambled his inheritance away and died a debtor at York 1741.

The estate was then bought by Liverpool businessman William Clayton, who left it to his daughter Sarah, herself an astute businesswoman. She built Clayton Square and lived there in splendour. Sarah developed the Parr coalfields in the main supplier of coal to Liverpool. Her affairs went awry, however, when a business partner, Thomas Case, who has interests in the triangular slave trade, got into difficulties through the American war of independence, so both he and Sarah were bankrupted in 1778, thus in 1781 the astute local coal-owner and glass-bottle manufacturer James Orrell was able to buy Parr Hall estate and its coal.

James Grandfather, Humphrey Orrell, a wealthy yeoman and tanner, had come to Blackbrook Hall in 1674. The family became even richer when coal was found on their land, just as the Industrial Revolution was rapidly increasing demand, so James owned several pits. Either he or his son Charles was able to build the grander Blackbrook House, now run by Nugent care, to replace the old Hall. Although seven of James children survived to adulthood, none of them married. In 1845 his three remaining daughters built St Mary’s Church, which was consecrated immediately, as it was free of debt. Miss Winifred, the last of three, died in 1866. It’s her ghost that several believes has been seen many times both in and around the church, once on a Christmas evening by the three sisters of mercy, who panicked and retreated to the convent when she glided towards them in her long grey dress through the closed door of the presbytery.

Winifred had made Fr James Abraham P.P. of Blackbrook, her sole trustee, and through him she left her lands and money to the then diocese of Liverpool. Shrewd investment made possible the building of other churches and schools. Parr Hall, by the way was demolished in 1955, when Wimpey began building the present housing estate. You’ll find its site on the local A-Z bounded by Parbold Avenue, Singleton Avenue and Blackstone Avenue. That’s as much local history as seems relevant.

Yours sincerely

Kevin Henegan

(Local Historian)

Quality Assurance

As a practice we operate a system to ensure that:

Patients’ views are listened to

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– we actively seek feedback from our patients via our own and NHS patient surveys
– we offer a range of methods patients can use to give feedback who have not been given opportunity to participate in a survey
– we discuss patient feedback and ways of responding at staff meetings

Effective measures of infection control are used

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– all our procedures are regularly reviewed to ensure they comply with the latest national guidelines
– our staff receive regular training in cross infection and undergo continuous monitoring to ensure these standards are met

All legal requirements relating to health and safety in the workplace are satisfied

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– we carry out regular inspections of the premises and equipment used
– we regularly review all our health and safety policies to ensure they are in line with current guidelines and legislation

All legal requirements relating to radiological protection are satisfied

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– our x-ray equipment is serviced on an annual basis
– we take every care to ensure the highest quality of radiographs are produced to minimize the risks of repeat x-rays

Contact Us!

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Address: General Dental Council, 37 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8DQ

www.gdc-uk.org | +44 (0) 845 222 4141 (UK local rate) or +44 (0) 20 7887 3800

We also have to be registered with the Care Qualty commision – http://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/1-153008338 who ensure we are Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-led.

Any requirements of the General Dental Council in respect of the continuing professional development of dental practitioners and other clinical staff are satisfied.

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– we follow fully all professional standards as set out by the General Dental Council
– all our staff receive regular training on infection control, relevant aspects radiation protection, CPR and other medical emergencies
– the dentists, therapist, hygienist and dental nurses undertake Continued Professional Development each year to ensure high standards are maintained
– all our dental nurses are fully qualified or currently training on an approved course

As dental professionals, we must be registered with the General Dental Council and meet their standards.

There are nine principles that we must follow:


  • Put patients’ interests first
  • Communicate effectively with patients
  • Obtain valid consent
  • Maintain and protect patients’ information
  • Have a clear and effective complaints procedure
  • Work with colleagues in a way that is in patients’ best interests
  • Maintain, develop and work within your professional knowledge and skills
  • Raise concerns if patients are at risk
  • Make sure your personal behaviour maintains patients’ confidence in you and the dental profession

Our Team

Dental Therapists

Dental therapist

A dental therapist can undertake many treatments which include fillings, taking radiographs, applying fluoride to children’s teeth and educating patients about oral health and performing advanced periodontal treatments.


Helen joined the practice April 2017 after Qualifying at the University of Liverpool 2017.

Helen has 3 children


Sarah is the dental hygiene/therapist at Alverna House and has worked at the practice since 2009.
She qualified at the University of Manchester in 2008.

Sarah is married and enjoys spending time with her daughters out of work.

Dental Surgeons

Simon Flaherty

Simon is the principle dentist and qualified at the university of Liverpool in 1987. He worked as an associate dentist in Rainhill for .. years before buying a practice in Chain Lane and then moving to Blackbrook road and set up Alverna House. He is married with two grown up children.

Ita Cassidy

Ita qualifed at the university of liverpool in 2007 and joined the practice in January 2016. She is married with three children.

Helen Wheddon

Helen qualified at the university of liverpool 2014 and joined the practice in May 2017. She is married with a little girl.h her daughters out of work.

Practice Manager

Caren is the practice manager at Alverna House and has worked with Simon for over 25 years.

She has qualifications in dental nursing, fluoride varnish application and is the lead decontamination nurse for the practice as well as being one of the registered first aiders.

Caren is now a BDA qualified radiographer. This allows her to take dental x-rays in the surgery.

Caren is also responsible for all the clinical training and support of new and current staff along with being the designated support nurse for the practices foundation dentists.

Caren is married with 2 boys and out of work enjoys going to the gym, meeting with friends and looking after her dog Max.

Dental Nurse/ Receptionists

Lindsay (head Dental Nurse)

Lindsay started working at the practice in August 2008 as a trainee Dental nurse and qualified in September 2011. She is currently the senior Dental nurse at the practice, assisting the head nurse in staff training and ensuring the clinical areas of the practice run smoothly and efficiently. She has qualifications in first aid, customer service, decontamination and dental radiography. Lindsay is married with 2 young children and in her free time enjoys horse riding and socialising.

Olivia (Registered Dental Nurse)

Olivia has been working at Alverna House for years and has an NVQ level 3 in Dental nursing. In her spare time she enjoys socializing with friends.

Niamh (Registered Dental Nurse)

Niamh has been working at Alverna house for almost 4 years. In this time she has completed her NVQ Level 3 in Dental nursing and is a fully qualified registered Dental nurse. Out of work Niamh enjoys meeting up with friends and clothes shopping.

Lara (Registered Dental Nurse)

Lara has been working at the practice for 2 years and is a qualified Dental Nurse. Lara is currently working towards an NVQ in customer service. Outside of work Lara enjoys weekend trips to a family caravan and walking her dogs.

Robyn (Trainee Dental Nurse)

Robyn joined the practice May 2016 and is working towards her NVQ in Dental nursing. Outside work Robyn enjoys socialising and eating out with friends.

kim (Trainee Dental Nurse)

Kim joined the practice in January and is working towards her NQV level 3 in dental nursing.

Kathryn Wilson


There are currently no vacancies at the practice, please keep checking this page for any updates.

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