Our Staff

Doctors

DR HELEN THORNTON

MBBS (Newcastle 1993) MRCGP DFFP DCH DRCOG

Having lived in Yorkshire I went to university in Newcastle and qualified in 1993. I trained to be a GP on the Northumberland scheme and became a partner at the surgery in 2000. I am part time and work Monday, Tuesday and Friday. I live locally with my family.

DR JOHN GREEN

MB BS (Newcastle 1996) MRCS (Eng) MRCGP DFFP

I was born in Saddleworth, near the Peak District. I trained at the University of Newcastle and qualified in 1996. I completed GP training in 2002 and became a partner at the practice in 2003. I am available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, working early on Tuesday.

DR ALTHEA CARR

MBBS (Newcastle 2002) MRCP MRCGP DFFP

I grew up in Edinburgh and went to University in Newcastle, graduating in 2002. I completed my GP training locally in 2009 and have worked in the North East since. I enjoy all aspects of General Practice with particular interest in Care of the Elderly and contraception. I also perform joint injections. I live in the local area with my husband and three young children. When not at work I enjoy getting out on my bike and love spending time outdoors. I will be working part time on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

DR REBECCA KENYON

MB BS 2009 University of Newcastle upon Tyne MRCGP DFFP I have recently started working as a GP Partner at Prudhoe Medical Group in September 2019. My working days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

DR MICHAEL FABRICIUS

BSc MBBS (London 2006) MRCS (Eng) MRCGP I qualified from the University of London in 2006. I worked as a surgeon in the South-West of England and in research at Newcastle University before I joined the Northumbria GP training scheme in 2016. I became a Partner at Prudhoe Medical Group in 2020. I offer appointments on Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays. I provide a minor surgery service and also therapeutic joint and soft tissue injections. I also offer a weekly one-stop vasectomy clinic at the surgery.

DR CLAIRE JENNINGS

MB ChB (Manchester 1985) MRCGP DRCOG DFFP

I am a part time GP here available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I was born in Sunderland and qualified in Manchester. I am married with three daughters.

Nurses

Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.

HEATHER BOBA

MICHELLE ORTON

JANICE DE VERE

Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement, new patient checks and assisting with minor surgery. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.

JEAN SMITH

MARY GOWLAND

Practice Management

ANTHONY HOCKEY

Practice Manager

Our practice manager is responsible for all aspects of the practice. If you have any comments, suggestions or complaints about our services he will help you. You can contact him for advice either in writing or by ringing the practice.

Reception

Our friendly reception team provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries. They can provide useful information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Receptionists make most of the patient appointments with the GPs and nurses. They also perform other important tasks such as issuing repeat prescriptions, dealing with prescription queries, dealing with patient records, carrying out searches and practice audits.

Secretaries

Our secretaries are able to help you with your queries about referrals outside of the practice e.g. hospitals, physiotherapy etc. as well as medicals and reports that you have requested for outside agencies.

Community Midwives

MANDY ROBSON

Community Nurses

Community Nurses are based predominantly at West Wylam Health Centre where they normally provide particular patients clinics.

JENNY TINLIN

Community Matron

KARLEIGH ORMSTON

RACHEL RITSON

HAZEL WILLOW

KATHRYN HEALEY

KATIE HUNTER

KAREN PATTISON

VICKI REYNOLDS

SARAH ANFIELD

JO MCDERMOTT

VICKY DOOLAN

ALISON SHORT

ROBERT COLEBY

Health Visitors

A health visitor is a registered nurse who has received training particularly related to babies, children and pregnant women. Their role is to provide families with children under five years old with support and advice around the general aspects of mental, physical and social wellbeing. Our health visitors are assisted by a nursery nurse and student health visitors.

ALISON ASPINALL

ELIZABETH BROWN