We have a range of skilled staff in addition to the qualified doctors at our practice. You can find out more about our dedicated team on this page: 


Dr Lynne Bloxham MB ChB (Birmingham 1977) MRCP DCH
Dr Stephen Kirk MB ChB (Birmingham 1989) DRCOG MRCGP
Dr Peter Whitney MB BS (Newcastle 1998) DRCOG DFFP MRCGP
Dr Andrew Porter MB BS (Newcastle 1996) DRCOG MRCGP
Dr Simon McCann MB ChB (Manchester 1995) DRCOG MRCGP
Dr Kirsty Jones MB ChB (Birmingham 1999) DRCOG DFFP MRCGP
Dr Deborah Wilmot MB BS (Newcastle 2002) MRCGP
Dr Numan Yusuf MBChB (Leeds 2010) MRCGP
Dr Funmi Nixon (Ibadan, Nigeria 1992) MBBS DFFP MRCGP

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

Dr Adrian Jefferies

The Whickham Practice is a GP training practice.  GP Registrars are fully qualified doctors who intend to pursue their careers in General Practice.  They all have experience of working in other branches of medical practice.  They come to work in this Practice to gain their initial experience of general practice working alongside and under the supervision of more experienced doctors.  We value the contribution they make to the work of the practice and we do hope that you will readily accept appointments when they are offered for these doctors.

Nursing Staff

A Practice Nurse is present in the practice weekdays from 9.00am until 5.00pm.  Appointments can be made for a variety of matters particularly immunisations, dressings and the removal of stitches.  The nurses are also available to carry out a variety of health checks including cervical smears, family planning check ups and advice concerned with heart disease prevention.  We also have Health Care Assistants and Phlebotomists who carry out new patient health checks and take blood for testing.

Sue Greenwell Nurse Manager, RGN Bsc
Nicola Simpson Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
Karen Finnegan, RGN Bsc
Sue Hicks RGN
Karen Dent, Treatment Room Nurse RGN
Claire Parker, Assistant Practitioner

Health Care Staff

Carol Watson, Health Care Assistant.
Susan Tully, Phlebotomist
Cindy Wylie, Health Care Assistant/Phlebotomist
Louise McVittie, Health Care Assistant

Practice Management

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

Assistant Practice Manager

The Assistant Practice Manager is responsible for providing admin support to the Practice Manager, and to assist with any enquiries from patients to enable the surgery improve on all aspects of Patient Services.

Reception Manager

Mrs Debra Charlton is 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. Alyson Veitch is Reception Supervisor.


Receptionists are present in the Health Centre continuously during the hours of opening.  Our receptionists have a difficult job to do and are often under extreme pressure.  Please be patient.  Everything they do is under the instructions of the doctors and they are bound by the same rules of confidentiality.

The doctors have set down protocols for the reception staff to follow.  These are designed to both help and safeguard your interests.  They may therefore ask you for further details when you telephone, in order to ensure that we can assist you as speedily as possible.

Administration Staff

Glynis McKernan – Admin Assistant
Susan Charlton/Clare Warren – Clinical Support Assistant.

Secretarial Staff

Gillian Coulson Secretarial Manager, Lorraine Tyson, Clare Warren and Ellen Kerridge.  The secretaries support the doctors by dealing with correspondence, typing referrals/reports and answering enquiries from patients and outside agencies.

Prescription Department

Maxine Hetherington, Prescription Manager
Mona Landale

Clare Warren


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