Salaried GP Partners
Dr José Luis Fernández Fidalgo
Qualified Oviedo, Spain 1986 LMS Certificate in Diabetes Care
Born in Gijon, Spain. Joined the practice in 1997
Specialist interests - Care of the Elderly, Diabetes, Lead GP in Safeguarding.
Dr Fidalgo's personal interests include history, cooking, playing squash and fell walking.
Dr Fiona Ironside
Qualified 1985 MB ChB, MRCOG, MRCGP
Joined the practice in 2012
Specialist interests - Minor surgery, Cardiology, Female Endocrinology and Gynaecology.
Dr Ironside enjoys spending time with her children, when she can! She enjoys horse riding and walking her dog.
Dr Ami Hall
MRCGP, MB ChB
Joined the practice in 2014
Special interests - Gynaecology / Palliative Care
She likes to keep herself active and attends the gym regularly. She has two dogs who keep her on her toes!
Dr Joseph Davis
MB ChB 2001 (University of Manchester)
Dr Joanne Hull-Davies
MB ChB 1989 (University of Leicester)
Special Interests - Women's Health
Medical Students & GP Trainee
At Lowther Medical Centre we have 2 Medical Students on a regular basis plus a GP Trainee. The students and trainee are supervised by our GPs.
Your first point of contact with our Practice. Receptionists are responsible for dealing with enquiries, organising appointments, preparing repeat prescriptions and ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the Practice under the leadership of our Reception Supervisor, Dan. They have the difficult job of each day matching your needs to the available health professionals and appointments. The advice that they give adheres strictly to guidance given by the doctors. They will need to ask you brief questions regarding the reason for your call or appointment request when you contact the Practice in order to direct you to the most appropriate point of care.
Practice Nurses and Allied Staff
We have a highly trained and multi-skilled team of nurses. Our Nurse Practitioners, Diana, Ann and Emma work supporting the On Call doctor/triaging the many calls for medical advice between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm. We view the Nurse Practitioner role as virtually equivalent to that of the GPs. Diana also specialises in Diabetes whilst Ann covers most of our home visits.
We also have Tony, Mental Health Nurse who see patients with diagnosed mental conditions plus those patients seeking help for anxiety, stress, low mood, bereavement.
The Practice Nursing team are essential members of our primary health care team. Anne-Marie is our Nurse Prescriber who works alongside our Nurse Practitioners and GPs.
Our Practice Nurses are Michelle and Lesley. The Practice Nursing team are the experienced professionals who can help you in many different aspects without the need to see a doctor. They will also assist the doctors in performing procedures like minor operations, coil insertions, examinations, etc. They will refer you to the doctor if your condition requires it.
We have a Health Care Assistant (HCA) Tracy. Tracy will do injections, dressings, blood tests, ECG's and blood pressure readings.
We also have two Phlebotomists, Joanne and Debbie, to take bloods/BPs.
We also have an Elderly Care Co-ordinator - Arlene who also covers Phlebotomy when Joanne and Debbie are away.
Please see our "Who Do I Need To See" section for further information
The Site Manager is to be appointed. The Site Manager will be able to help you with any administrative or non-medical enquiries and are also available to discuss any suggestions or complaints you may have. You can contact the Site Manager via our main number 01946 692241.
We have an experienced administration team that will be able to answer many of your queries promptly.
Staff Attached to the Practice
Other staff who are not employed directly by us but who work as part of a team to provide your medical service are:
We have two (non-prescribing) Pharmacists - Kelly and Eleanor and one (prescribing) Pharmacist Elisha who will deal with medication queries and also have medication review clinics in the afternoons. These appointments are booked by our Prescription team only.
Paramedics - Christopher, Joanne and Bart who action Home visits on a daily basis for Copeland Practices
Antenatal clinics provided at the Practice
The Health Visitors that are attached to the practice are concerned with the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health through the provision of education, advice and support, and by referring to the General Practitioner or to other NHS or statutory or voluntary services where special help is needed. They are also concerned with the health and wellbeing of all children. They can be contacted through the surgery.
The District Nurses provide day to day nursing care, advice and support in the home. If help or advice is required they can be contacted through Lowther Medical Centre.
The Macmillan Team has extensive knowledge and experience on the care of patients with cancer and other serious illnesses. They can provide support for patients and their families.
Familiar Faces - Psychological support workers to help complex patients who have multiple contacts (GP referral)
First Step - Counsellors who offer CBT, support of depression anxiety etc (referral via GP or self referral)
Social Prescribers - new role to help people who have social needs but not necessary Adult Social care need (GP referral)