At the Practice there are many professionals available to help you at different times.

Dr Gary Alford, (male GP) MBChB (Leicester, 1994)

Dr Bruce Taylor, (male GP) MBBS, MRCSEd, MRCGP (Newcastle, 1998)

Dr Lauretta Lowes, (female GP) BM, BSc, MA, PhD, DFSRH, DRCOG, MRCGP (Southhampton, 2004)

Dr Caroline Antcliffe, (female GP) MBChB (Dundee 2003) BSc(Med Sci) (Leeds 1998) MRCGP

Dr Louise McCulloch, (female GP) MBBS (Merit), MRCGP (Newcastle 2010)

Dr Himesha Ellepola, (female GP)

Your doctors are available to consult on a wide range of issues concerning your present and future health and other matters that may affect your well-being.

GP Registrar

GP Registrars are qualified doctors who are pursuing a career in General Practice. They have already undertaken some junior doctor posts in hospital so will be fully competent to see patients on their own, although their work will be supervised by the GP partners.

Our current GP Registrars are:

Dr Hansini Skreekisson (female)

Dr Christina Thompson (female)

Foundation Doctor

We have been providing placements for Foundation Doctors since August 2013. Foundation Doctors are fully qualified doctors who are rotating around various specialties to increase their experience. Some of them may choose to go onto do further training to become a GP others may want to become surgeons or specialist doctors in a hospital setting. Each Foundation Doctor will be with us for a 4 month placement. They will be closely supervised and assessed throughout their time with us.

Our current Foundation Doctor’s are:

Dr Rebecca Harvey (female) From December 2020 to April 2021

Nurse Practitioner

Melanie Johnson, RGN, BSc (Hons) HV, RCN NP

Yvette Adams, RGN, RCN NP

Carol Proctor, RGN, RCN NP

Beccy Dixon, RGN, RCN NP

Nurse Practitioners have extra skills and training. They are able to diagnose, treat and prescribe for a wide variety of conditions and are especially willing to see young children

Practice Nurses

Susan Appleby, RGN

Sue Greenwood, RGN

The Practice Nurses are employed to help provide help and advice in aspects of health care and in prevention of ill health. They undertake routine cervical smears, and can provide help and advice on various health matters.

Health Care Assistants

Susan Dixon, Ellen Hall, Holly Horn

Health Care Assistants are not qualified nurses but they have been specially trained to provide a pre-screening service prior to attendance at Disease Clinics. They can take health measurements including blood pressure, bloods, height, weight, urinalysis and Well Person checks. They work under the instruction of a qualified nurse.


Support Team

Management Team

Jackie Sharpe, Practice Manager,

Alfie Birchall and Andrew Richardson, Assistant Practice Managers

Linda Douglas, Practice Administrator,

Karen Hayes, Reception Manager

Secretarial Team

Sheena McGeorge, Medical Secretary

Sheena can be contacted on 01670 536216. She will be able to help you with your queries about referrals outside of the practice e.g. to hospitals, physiotherapy etc. as well as medicals and reports that you have requested for outside agencies.

Patient Services Team Team

Our Patient Services Officers provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries. They can provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Our team will ask you for information on your medical condition in order to book or direct you to the most appropriate person or service. They also perform other important tasks such as issuing repeat prescriptions and dealing with prescription enquiries, dealing with financial claims, dealing with patient records and carrying out searches and practice audits

Attached Staff

As well as our regular Practice staff we have a number of professionals working out of the Surgery.

District Nurses

The role of the District Nurse is to promote good health and reduce ill health by raising the standard of assessment and care delivery in a variety of settings, placing emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, effective intervention and management.

Health Visitors

Valery Rice, Mirella Beavis

Michelle Shields, Nursery Nurse

Every family with a child under 5 has a Health Visitor. A Health Visitor is a Registered General Nurse who has further specialist training in family and community health. Your Health Visitor is here to promote good health not just for your child but for the whole family.


Vickie Hay