Our Staff

GP Partners

DR AMY ROWAN

MBBS (Newcastle 2009) MRes MRCGP DRCOG

MBBS (Newcastle 2009) MRes MRCGP DRCOG Dr Rowan joined the practice in 2015. Dr Rowan provides full general practice services, and has an interest in medical education.

DR HAZEL DENDLE

MBBS (Newcastle 1994) MRCGP DRCOG DFFP

MB, BS (Newcastle 1994) MRCGP, DRCOG, DFFP Dr Dendle has been with the practice since 2002. As well as providing full general practice services Dr Dendle has a special interest in sexual health. Dr Dendle is a GP trainer.

DR TOM ROWLEY

MBChb (Glasgow) MRCGP

I joined the Practice as a Partner in 2017. I offer a full range of general practice care.

DR HELEN FARRAR

MBBS (Newcastle 2011) DRCOG DFSRH Dr Farrar joined the practice in 2023. She has an interest in Women's Health and also medical education.

GPs

GPs are medical doctors who oversee all aspects of patient care. As well as caring for patients directly, they support other members of the practice team to plan and deliver safe and effective care for patients.

DR KATE THOMAS

Female

DR JENNY SMITH

DR ROSIE MUNDEN

DR JESSICA NEILSON

Female

Trainee GPs

The Weardale Practice is an accredited GP training practice. This means that from time to time, in addition to our regular GPs, you may meet a junior doctor who is training to become a GP. Junior doctors are fully qualified doctors and will have already trained and worked in hospitals. You can expect them to provide the same range of full GP services.

DR ANAM SAJID

Female

DR JENNIFER RODGERS

Female

Advanced Nurse Practitioners

ANPs work alongside our doctors. ANPs have undertaken additional medical training and education to provide advanced nursing care and to prescribe medication. ANPs are training in the assessment and diagnosis of common medical conditions, can prescribed medications and issue fit notes once the patient has been assessed. ANP appointments are booked using the same method as that of our GPs.

LISA HOPE

JULIE DAVISON

Nurses

Nurses undertake a wide range of activities in general practice. They assess, screen and treat people of all ages including those with long-term conditions such as asthma, heart disease and diabetes who may need regular health checks. They also provide services such as immunisations and fit notes. Nursing Associates work under the guidance of a nurse or another healthcare professional. They help with routine health checks, wound care, and provide patients with general health and wellbeing advice.

LYNSAY CLARK

I joined the practice in 2020. I really enjoy my role as a Practice Nurse and am here to help.

RACHAEL E GIBSON

NURSE MANAGER: I joined the practice in 2021 and have a special interest in the treatment and management of diabetes and spent 3 years as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse before returning to the practice.

ALISON RIPPON

Healthcare Assistants

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

KAREN NICHOLSON

I mostly work at the Health Centre in Stanhope. As a Healthcare Assistant, I do blood tests, ECG (heart monitoring tests) and health checks for patients.

DIANA BELL

I'm mainly based in the Stanhope Health Centre, but sometimes work in Wolsingham and St John's Chapel. I look after patients who need blood tests, ECG (heart monitoring tests) and health checks.

MEGAN PICKERING

PHILIPPA SPENCE

Care Coordinator

Care Coordinators work with people who may need extra support to navigate the health and care system, helping to connect them to the right services or professionals at the right time. Care Coordinators act as a central point of contact to ensure support is available to help people manage their care.

LISA TURNBULL

Practice Management

KATI MAKEPEACE

STRATEGIC PRACTICE MANAGER: I focus on all aspects of managing the practice and achieving our strategic goals. I work with the all colleagues to ensure compliance and governance is adhered to. I also focus on improving the efficiency of the practice. I have a long career in administration and operational management in private health-care.

KATE STOBBS

Female

ASSISTANT PRCTICE MANAGER: I support Kati in managing the day-to-day running of the practice

Administration/Reception Team

Staff in the practice reception team are specially trained to know about the services available to you at your GP practice and in the area. They will listen and talk to you in confidence about your health problem, to understand your needs so they can book you an appointment with the right healthcare professional or service.

TRISH B

I'm part of the Administration support team.

LORRAINE B

ADMIN TEAM LEAD

LESLEY R

I'm a Receptionist in the Administration support team.

SANDRA V

I'm one of the Administration support staff.

MELANIE W

I'm part of the Practice's Administration support team.

CATHERINE N

SHARON W

EMILY H

LYNNE R

JULIE S

Administration Team

JULIE A

Senior Administrator & Clinical Rota Lead

JESS ROWLAND

Clinical & Data Quality Administrator

Medical Secretaries

DEBBIE M

MICHELLE T

I work as a medical secretary for the practice. I manage and process the practice referrals and letters.

Domestic Team

KAREN H

WENDY H

First Contact Physiotherapist

Physiotherapists in general practice are experts in musculoskeletal conditions. They are able to assess, diagnose and treat a range of complex muscle and joint conditions, reducing the likelihood of needing a referral to a hospital team. They can also arrange access to further treatment, investigations and specialists when needed.

RYAN ADAMS

AIMEE CARR

Clinical Pharmacists

Clinical pharmacists are experts in medicines who help patients stay as well as possible by supporting those with long-term conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure and people taking multiple medicines, to make sure their medication is working.

SOPHIE WATKINSON

GRACE BEAUMONT

KEAVNEY DARBY

KIM NILSSON-ELMENMYR

PAIGE REEVES

LINDSAY SCOTT

MATTHIAS WEE

Health & Wellbeing Coach

Health and wellbeing coaches help people manage their own health conditions by developing their knowledge, skills, and confidence in dealing with the issue to prevent long-term illness or it getting worse.

ADAM BARRETT

Mental Health Team

Mental health professionals in general practice use a range of methods to help people with mental health conditions. These range from talking therapies for common conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression and support for people with more complex needs such as bipolar, psychosis and eating disorders.

AIMEE HODGSON

RACHEL KIRTON

Paramedic

Paramedics work in a variety of roles within general practice. Their training means that they are used to working with people with a range of health conditions from minor injuries to more serious conditions such as asthma attacks and heart attacks. They help manage routine or urgent appointments and carry out home visits.

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians play an important role within general practice by supporting the work of Clinical Pharmacists. They can update medication records and offer people advice on how to get the most out of their medicines.

RACHEL HANBY

LAURA WELSH

Trainee Nursing Associates

Nursing associates work with healthcare support workers and registered nurses to deliver care for patients.

BETH FREEMAN

PIPPA MCMAHON

Social Prescriber

Social prescribing link workers help patients manage their social, emotional and physical wellbeing by connecting them to local groups and services that can offer practical and emotional. These include volunteering opportunities, physical activities and even debt and housing advice.

RACHEL HARRISON