Our Staff

Doctors

Our Doctors (GPs) treat all common medical conditions. On a daily basis, they may perform clinical examinations of patients to assess, diagnose and monitor a patient’s condition, carry out tests within the surgery such as urine sample testing to assist with diagnosis, interpret findings from investigations such as blood tests to help reach a diagnosis and use basic life support skills and emergency procedures such as defibrillation where necessary.

DR LYNNE BLOXHAM

MB ChB (Birmingham 1977) MRCP DCH

GP Partner

DR STEPHEN KIRK

MB ChB (Birmingham 1989) DRCOG MRCGP

GP Partner

DR PETER WHITNEY

MB BS (Newcastle 1998) DRCOG DFFP MRCGP

GP Partner

DR ANDREW PORTER

MB BS (Newcastle 1996) DRCOG MRCGP

GP Partner

DR SIMON MCCANN

MB ChB (Manchester 1995) DRCOG MRCGP

GP Partner

DR KIRSTY JONES

MB ChB (Birmingham 1999) DRCOG DFFP MRCGP

GP Partner

DR NUMAN YUSUF

MBChB (Leeds 2010) MRCGP

Salaried GP

DR FUNMI NIXON

(Ibadan, Nigeria 1992) MBBS DFFP MRCGP

Salaried GP

DR CANDACE ELLIOTT

(Cardiff) MRCGP-2018 MBBS-2006 Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology-2012

Salaried GP

DR ADRIAN JEFFERIES

MBBS Aberdeen 1999 MRCGP

Salaried GP

DR CHRISTOPHER DAVIES

MBBS Newcastle 2016 MRCGP

Salaried GP

Nurse Practitioner

Our nurse practitioner has undertaken specialist training so that she is able to issue prescriptions and deal with a wider range of problems, including the vast majority of conditions that arise on an urgent basis.

NICOLA SIMPSON

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Phlebotomists

Our phlebotomists take blood samples from patients, which are examined in a laboratory and the results can be used to quickly diagnose diseases and conditions. 

CAITLIN HIGH

Phlebotomist

MEGAN WALL

Phlebotomist

SUSAN TULLY

Phlebotomist

Nurses

Our nurses are involved in most aspects of patient care including: Obtaining blood samples, electrocardiograms (ECGs), minor and complex wound management including leg ulcers, travel health advice and vaccinations, child immunisations and advice, family planning & women’s health including cervical smears, men’s health screening, sexual health services, smoking cessation, screening and helping patients to manage long term conditions General practice nurses may also have direct supervision of healthcare assistants at the practice.

KAREN FINNEGAN

RGN Bsc

SUE HICKS

RGN

KAREN DENT

Treatment Room Nurse RGN

Healthcare Assistants

Our Healthcare Assistants duties mainly include: Sterilising equipment, doing health checks, restocking consulting rooms, processing lab samples, taking blood samples and conducting health promotion or health education work.

CAROL WATSON

Healthcare Assistant

CINDY WYLIE

Healthcare Assistant/Phlebotomist

LOUISE MCVITTIE

Healthcare Assistant

CLAIRE PARKER

Assistant Practitioner

Practice Management

Our Practice Management Team is vital to the successful running of The Whickham Practice. The duties within our team include business planning, handling financial systems for the practice, including payroll, selecting, training and supervising non-clinical staff, developing and supervising appointment systems that work well for patients and clinicians, ensuring accurate records are kept, and liaising with local health organisations such as clinical commissioning groups, developing strategies for the practice on issues such as computer systems and security, expanding or changing services, and long-term services.

SUE JENNINGS

Practice Manager

The Business Manager is appointed by the Partners and is responsible for all matters of business, organisation and administration within the practice. The Business Manager will be able to help you with any non-medical aspects of your health and treatment with any suggestions you have to enable us to improve services.

ALISON SAMPLE

Systems Manager

The Systems Manager is responsible for the promotion, monitoring and documentation of performance and quality standards within the practice, ensuring that the Practice continues to deliver high quality care for all patients.

DEBRA CHARLTON

Reception Manager

Mrs Charlton will be able to assist patients regarding appointments and medicals. She will also assist with any queries from patients to enable the practice to improve aspects of reception services.

MAXINE HETHERINGTON

Prescription Manager

GILLIAN COULSON

Secretarial Manager

SUE GREENWELL

Nurse Manager, RGN Bsc

ALYSON VEITCH

Reception Supervisor

LAUREN HALL

Trainee Reception Supervisor

Secretaries

The secretaries support the doctors by dealing with correspondence, typing referrals/reports and answering enquiries from patients and outside agencies.

ELLEN KERRIDGE

LORRAINE TYSON

CLARE WARREN

Prescription Department

BETHANY HUMES

Bethany prepares prescriptions for the doctors to sign, which then get sent to the chemist.