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Doctors and Staff

The Partners

Dr Andrew Garstang (M)

(Male) Qualified: London (Kings College School of Medicine & Dentistry) 1993

BSc (Hons), MBBS (London), MRCGP 

Special Interests – Diabetes & Cardiology.

Dr Nishan Karunasekara (M)

Qualified: Dundee 1994

MBChB, MRCGP, DFFP

Special Interests – Gastroenterology, Palliative Care & Medical Education.

Dr Saw Ye Tun Aung (M)

Qualified: Rangoon - Myanmar 1990

MBBS MRCGP

Dr Neelima Augustine (F)

Qualified: NTR University of Health & Sciences, Vijayawada, India 2004

MBBS, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFSRH

Special Interests – Gynaecology, Family Planning, Sexual Health, Bladder Problems, Paediatrics, Palliative Care.

Salaried Doctors

Dr Tom Johnson

(M)

Qualified: Liverpool 2010

MBChB, MRCGP

Dr Katharine Robinson

(F)

Qualified: University of Manchester 2002

MBChB

Nursing Team

Nurse Practitioners

Jennifer Parker RGN (Female)
Qualified: Northampton 1993
RN, BSc (Hons) in Health Studies, Specialist Nurse Practitioner
Special Interest – Diabetes, Respiratory Disease, Sexual Health & Contraception.

Linda Porter RGN BSc Nurse Practitioner (Female)

Our highly trained and experienced Nurse Practitioners are qualified to deal with a number of medical conditions.

They are often available for ‘‘On the Day’’ appointments and are able to prescribe appropriately.

The Nurse Practitioners can see:-

  • Respiratory Problems, including Asthma, COPD, Chest Infections or Shortness of Breath.
  • ENT problems including Sore Throats, Ear Ache, Nasal Symptoms, Hay Fever and Allergies.
    Skin Problems including Rashes, Dry Skin, Wound Infections, Insect Bites.
  • Feverish Children.
  • Urinary Problems.
  • Abdominal Pain & Constipation.
  • Back Pain.
  • Joint Pain & Swollen Legs.
  • Sexual Health Advice, Screening & Treatment, Vaginal Irritation/Discharge.
  • Headaches & Dizziness (New Episodes).
  • Fertility, Contraception & New Pregnancy.
  • Diabetic Management & Problems.

Practice Nurses

Suzanne Garstang RGN (Female)
Qualified: Blackpool 1996
RGN, BWSC Health Studies
Special Interest – Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Contraception & Sexual Health.

Emma Clark RGN (Female)
Qualified: University of Central Lancashire 2003
RGN, Dip HE
Special Interest – Respiratory Disease

Clare Billington RGN (Female)
Qualified: University of Central Lancashire 1997
RGN, BSc Hons Nursing Studies, Dip HE.
Special Interest – Cardiology, Diabetes

Susan White RGN

Stella Oldham RGN

Our highly qualified Nursing Team can deal with a wide range of medical conditions and health concerns.

The Nurse Practitioners offer emergency 'on the day' appointments with themselves or a Doctor. They diagnose, can prescribe, plan care and see complex and unstable chronic disease.

Our Practice Nurses are experts in many areas of disease management such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma, Contraception, Weight Management and Smoking Cessation. They also offer Travel Advice and Travel Vaccination.

The nurses also administer the Childhood Vaccination Program.

Primary Health Care Assistants

Julie McKay, Nicola Drummond & Dawn Hamer

Julie, Nicola and Dawn are important members of the Practice Team who work under the supervision of our qualified nursing team.

They carry out new patient medicals, take blood tests, check blood pressure, test urine, undertake simple dressings, remove sutures, weight management, smoking cessation, ear syringing and certain vaccinations.

Practice Pharmacists

Nicola Wojarski    MPharm PGDip(Clinical Pharmacy) IP (Female)

Qualified: Nottingham, 2005

Nicola has a special interest in cardiology and offers review appointments for patients with heart failure, irregular heartbeats (atrial fibrillation), high blood pressure and after having a heart attack or stroke.

Samir Vohra


Nicola and Samir are here to offer advice with medication and review prescribing to ensure that our patients are receiving the most beneficial as well as cost-effective medication.

Appointments can be booked directly with Nicola or Samir for medication reviews or you may be asked to see one of them by your GP. 

They can be contacted by telephoning the main switchboard on 01253 956655.

Health Visitors

Avril Yates & Colette Bennett and Team
The health visitors provide care and advice for the newborn to school-age children.
They can be contacted by telephoning the main switchboard on 01253 955464.

Community Matrons And District Nursing Team

The Community Matrons and District Nursing Team deal with patients in their own homes and occasionally within the surgery.

Their patients are referred to the team from hospital or by the Doctors. They can refer patients to Social Services for assessment or other agencies for care and advice. The District Nursing Team also nurse terminally ill patients who wish to remain in their own home.

If you wish to contact the District nursing Team or Community Matrons please call:

Community Matron – 01253 951696

District Nurses – 01253 951604

Or our main switchboard 01253 956655

Practice Managers

Sue Smith MAMS (AMSPAR- Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers, Administrators & Receptionists)

Susan Steele

Christine Cowling

Our Practice Managers are able to help with any problems you may have with the way the practice is run. Sue and Susan are responsible for administration, staffing and finances within the practice. They are available to see any patient who wishes to express a complaint or has any suggestions or ideas that may help the practice be more efficient.

They can be contacted:-

Sue Smith - 01253 957629
Susan Steele - 01253 957626
Christine Cowling- 01253 955758

Administration Staff

Our front line Reception Team answer telephone calls, deal with enquiries, test results and book appointments for all our services.

The practice also employs two Prescription Clerks who supports our Pharmacist Practioners.

The practice is supported by Medical Secretaries, Data Input and Recall Clerks. Their job is very demanding but they are here to help you so please be patient with them.

Training Practice

Stonyhill Medical Practice is a teaching practice associated to Liverpool and Manchester University. We have post graduates, trainees and students working in the practice in order to gain experience.
In order to work in General Practice specialised vocational training is necessary. They are always closely supervised and will be clearly identified to you.

You have a right to decline to be treated by them or in their presence but your co-operation in enhancing their medical training and experience is greatly appreciated.

The practice is committed to improving medical education at all levels and all the practice Doctors are involved in this process.

Trainees

Stonyhill Medical Practice believes that medical education is vital in training our health care professionals and safeguarding the future of the NHS.

In order to provide this, trainees may be sitting in with your health care professional during your consultation.

Please be assured that trainees are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the rest of the practice.

The experience that is acquired is necessary when seeing their own patient’s in the future.
The patient might be yourself or a loved one.

If you would prefer to see a health care professional alone, please inform the receptionist when you are booking in for your appointment.

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