The Primary Health Care Team
Doctors in Partnership
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 Herath Herath (From 14.03.18)
MBBS 1998 (University of Sri Lanka)
Special Interests - Dermatology / Health Informatics
Dr Joseph Davis (Locum)
MB ChB 2001 (University of Manchester)
Dr Joanne Hull-Davies
MB ChB 1989 (University of Leicester)
Special Interests - Women's Health
At Lowther Medical Centre we have Medical Students on a regular basis. The students are supervised by Dr Fiona Ironside.
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, Joanne Eldon and Diana Morgan, 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.
The Practice Nursing team are essential members of our primary health care team. Anne-Marie Pink (Lead Nurse) and Clare Adams are our Nurse Prescribers who work alongside our Nurse Practitioners and GPs. Our Practice Nurses are Mrs Michelle Kewley and Mrs Lesley Hull. 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.
The Practice Nurses (Lesley Hull and Michelle Kewley) are available by appointment between 9.00 am and 5.30 pm Monday to Friday in the treatment rooms. They will refer you to the doctor if your condition requires it.
We have a Health Care Assistant (HCA) Mrs Leanne Kinsella. Leanne will do injections, dressings, blood tests, ECG's and blood pressure readings.
We also have two Phlebotomists, Ms Joanne Adair and Mrs Debbie Spencer, for taking bloods/BPs.
We also have an Elderly Care Co-ordinator - Mrs Arlene Murphy who also cover Phlebotomy when Joanne and Debbie are away.
The Practice Managers are Vivien King and Jayne Blinco (job share). They 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 Practice Managers 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:
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.
Our 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.
Provided at the practice by the Community Mental Health Team on referral by your doctor